FLARE UP!

YEAR

2013

 

INSTRUMENTATION

String Quartet:

2 Violins, Viola, Cello

 

DURATION

5 minutes

 

FIRST PERFORMANCE 

August 18, 2011

Mo Quartet, Aspen Music Festival

 

 

 

PROGRAM NOTE

A short work exuding a Furious, Fierce, Fiery & Flaming character and is inspired by the fire knife, traditional Samoan cultural implement that is used in ceremonial dances. It was originally composed of a machete wrapped in towels on both ends with a portion of the blade exposed in the middle. Tribal performers of fire knife dancing (or Siva Afi or even "Ailao Afi" as it is called in Samoa) dance while twirling the knife and doing other acrobatic stunts.

 

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

June 11, 2017: Crossing Borders Music, American Indian Center of Chicago

November 28, 2011: Mo Quartet, Cleveland Institute of Music

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