The COVID pandemic taught me that us musicians are hungry for opportunities to play together again, and I wanted a celebratory piece everyone could play that would be a fun way to wrap up the day’s events. We premiered it with around 35 folks as the final piece on the program, to the delight of us all.
These Four Directions
This piece is about the directions that you love, directions you can almost not stand to face, and directions you never thought you’d go.
It occurred to me that the bassoon is still a tree. It’s tall. It’s often brown, and most often made of wood. The tree gives its life and becomes a bassoon, and bassoonists are able to make music because of that priceless generous sacrifice.
Yellow Poplar With Birdsong
“Yellow Poplar With Birdsong” for solo bassoon, composed by Amber Ferenz
Each of us carries inside our hearts our own special form of medicine, an inexplicable uniqueness which makes up a portion of our interior world. To illustrate, there is snake medicine, fire medicine, plant medicine, and most certainly, bassoon medicine…just about anything you can conceive of can become medicine when it is cultivated and nurtured within you, and then shared with others by being and/or doing. Medicine is paradoxically participatory and also IS, without the need for any activity on the part of the bearer.
“Unfinished Conversations” is dedicated to bassoonist and dear friend Eric Van der Veer Varner (1974-2019). Eric and I met at Glickman-Popkin Bassoon Camp in 2001 and immediately became friends.