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little islands (2023)

for bassoon and electronics


little islands is a collaborative composition by Singaporean composer avik chari and bassoonist Jo Anne Sukumaran that explores the theme of migration and the search for a sense of home. Jo Anne's personal experiences of living in Singapore and New York form the foundation of the piece, which takes listeners on a musical journey that juxtaposes the unique soundscapes of these two island cities.
The composition blends classical and contemporary music to create a fresh perspective on the idea of home, reflecting the ever-changing nature of the world we live in. Field recordings are used to showcase the cultural and sonic diversity of these two metropolises, capturing their unique ambient, natural, and machine sounds.

Premiered by Jo Anne Sukumaran at the 2023 IDRS conference, Bangkok. Commissioned by the International Double Reed Society.

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