Various aspects of this piece are 'treelike'. The melodies twist and turn like branches and knotted tree roots, beginning as solos and then developing through the quintet into passages of flourishing polyphony. The large-scale structure of is formed from two branching sections, separated by a central, musical ‘trunk’. The first of these sections depicts the underground, with melodies composed of mostly bass-register pitch language evoking subterranean root systems. The second part of the work is composed almost entirely in the treble register, and evokes the top part of a tree reaching towards the heavens, trembling and shaking with ecstatic bird-like song.
Performance by Syzygy Ensemble: Laila Engle (C and bass flutes, piccolo), Robin Henry (Bb and bass clarinets), Jenny Khafagi (violin), Paul Zabrowarny (cello) and Leigh Harrold (piano).
Studio Recording made at Iwaki Auditorium with engineer Chris Lawson.