Jerome Fund 2017

The Emigrants

For Percussion and Cello
Commissioned by New Morse Code (Lawrence, Kansas)

The Concept

Below are two audio samples that serve as a working concept for this piece. The first recording is an excerpt of an interview that cellist Hannah Collins recorded with her grandfather Dr. Robert C. Lam.  (This interview was completed during an earlier iteration of the project, when the interviews focused on emigrants living in the United States.)

And here is the same interview, with New Morse Code playing the transcribed speech rhythms.  This technique represents one of the ways that recorded speech will become part of the musical fabric of The Emigrants.

Interview Excerpts

The recordings below are excerpts from the oral history interviews that will be used in The Emigrants:

Listen to an interview excerpt with veena player Nivedita Shivraj, who performs and teaches carnatic music in Queens. This interview was recorded in August, 2017:

Listen to an interview excerpt with percussionist Alvaro Rodas, who founded the Corona Youth Music Project, recorded in November, 2016:

Listen to an interview excerpt with koto and shamisen player Yoko Reikano Kimura, who is part of Duo Yumeno. This interview was recorded in August, 2017:

Listen to an interview excerpt with Queens percussionist Rafael Leal, part of the FolkCOLOMBIA initiative, recorded in April, 2017:

Listen to an interview excerpt with Queens cellist Hikaru Tamaki of Duo Yumeno, recorded in March, 2017:

Listen to an interview excerpt with Queens composer Harold Gutierrez, recorded in February, 2017:

Listen to an interview excerpt with Queens resident, pianist, and NYPD sergeant Chris Yip, recorded in March, 2017: