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a deep gorge …
some of the silence
Alongside her work as a composer, Hilary Tann is also a published haiku poet. The music of Some of the silence has evolved from the above haiku by John Stevenson, one of the pre-eminent haiku poets in the United States and a member, with Hilary Tann, of the Upstate Dim Sum haiku group. Stevenson’s haiku governs the overall shape of the piece and the composer has written: 'Haiku come alive in their after resonances—their ‘aha’ moments. Similarly, Japanese music works with the concept of a jo-ha-kyu curve—much like the shape of a wave which crests and then falls. So this piece falls into three sections. Each approaches ‘the gorge’—which is, after all, a sudden ‘falling off’ in one’s perceptions. At first the reaction is stunned: ‘what’s that?’ Next the genesis of the gorge is outlined (fluid passages) and the reaction is more scattered (‘so many facets’). Last, we return to the original image (coloured by the water-movement) and the reaction is softer, almost lyrical as the experience as a whole is synthesized. As a composer, my concern has been with ‘the far side of the curve’—not the climax, but the ‘result of/ reaction to’ the climax—the downward curve of the falling wave (the kyu part of the joha- kyu curve).'
from notes by Peter Reynolds © 2010