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Four Seasons, One Tree

The piece is a meditation on magical, "seasonally complex" trees I have seen on North America's West Coast, in Canada, California and Mexico. These extraordinary trees exhibit features of their entire life cycle at the same time, sometimes on a single branch, from smallest bud to fullest fruit, falling leaves and bare twig.

The music is a set of constantly changing variations, contrasted with four solos for each of the sustaining instruments of the ensemble: trumpet, violin, bass clarinet and double bass.

The piece is dedicated to ARRAYMUSIC's percussionist, Richard Sacks and to my friend, Steve Kirkish, whose queer lemon branch remains a cherished memory of one of the most unusual and beautiful living things I have seen in nature.

- Rodney Sharman