I was researching the Portland Japanese Garden online, looking at photos and also at their tweets. It is already beautiful just seeing those, and I found I was yet again to focus on nature for my inspiration.
“Perpetual Spring” is organic, the clarinet melts into the string quartet, and the strings extend their "stems" to wrap around the clarinet wherever it moves….As is the amazing thing about nature: the roots and stems of trees, they wrap around anything, breaking through the asphalt roads, concrete walls…
Every time I see these aspects of the power of nature, I feel that we should never under estimate the power of "quiet" nature. This piece is about “framing nature”.
Dai Fujikura (Edited by Alison Phillips)