Kaitiaki by Jennifer Margaret Barker
Scottish-American composer and UD faculty composer Jennifer Margaret Barker hopes to convey the idea that we are caretakers of this planet for the next generation.
"It took some time to settle on the title of the work, Kaitiaki. Due to the close connection of indigenous peoples to nature, I wanted to use an Inuit term for the title of the work. In the end, however, I became more drawn to the Maori term, Kaitiaki, which means 'guardian' and is a word that the Maori people use to describe their newborn children. They call them 'guardians' of the land and the peoples, which aptly aligns with our theme for the work."
The work will incorporate recordings of whales, as they are known for their "singing." The piece will feature UD Master Players founding director Xiang Gao, as well as his daughter, Sammi Gao, as a second violinist, as a representation of the way whales communicate with their offspring. The composition will also include wind faculty, as well as soprano Dr. Noël Archambeault singing a short "vocalise" for a mythological Siren.
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