For Wind Quintet (fl, ob/EH, cl, hn, bsn)
Commissioned by WindSync.
Premiered by WindSync on December 17, 2020, with the Society for Performing Arts Houston, with choreography and dance by Akshaya Avril Tucker.
The goal of "Hold Sacred" is to soothe. To hold something sacred to us is soothing; to
remember it is soothing.
I mean to hold sacredness literally. Make "hold" a verb. Hold sacred, as you would a
baby chick, a tiny plant, a memory, or someone’s hand.The gentleness comes from the
desire to protect this dear object, to stay in this comfort for a while...
With the task of meditating on the concept of "sacredness," for WindSync's "Sacred and
Profane" program, I had to ask what was sacred to me personally. The answer, during
the COVID-19 pandemic, is "touch and feel" things. Repotting plants. Kneading bread
dough. Giving a hug, when possible. Fewer think-y things. These sensations keep me
going mentally. They heal anxiety, like a magical antidote, some special serotonin, while
the memory of who and what I cannot physically hold is difficult.
We may only create a few moments of soothing sounds together, and then... we will go
right back to the way things are. But maybe just for a moment, we can hold this feeling
in our hands.
"Hold Sacred" features a blend of abstracted raga-inspired fragments that swirl through
unusual harmonies and (hopefully) invite a meditation on whatever is most soothing to