What piece have you chosen?
Drawings for Meyoko by Angélica Negrón.
What’s special about this piece for you?
I could have chosen any of the pieces from I am Not – the debut album by Flute, Harp and Viola trio Janus – but Drawings for Meyoko encapsulates everything I love about the album. I’m attracted to the stylistic pluralism of Janus and this track makes subtle allusion to many styles. The modal harmony and use of repeating patterns evokes a deep nostalgia; not for any specific time, place or person but a general sensation of reflection and yearning which I find incredibly powerful. Negrón has discussed the importance of nostalgia in her work and exploring more of her music has been an enriching experience.
What should we listen out for?
Meyoko is an artist whose illustrations inspired this work so looking at some of her pieces might be an interesting starting point. Sonically the piece is incredibly rich and I would listen out for the banjo part, backing vocals, and atmospheric paper scrunching. What I love though is the combination of tape with live performance. There is lots of space within the ensemble writing for the tape to come through and this creates some of the fascinating textures and structure of the piece.