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Trio Atem - …going back to the skies

from …going back to the skies by Trio Atem / Chris Swithinbank

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Written for Trio Atem, …going back to the skies had its first per­form­ance in a ‘beat the rush hour’ con­cert on February 26 2010 in the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall at the University of Manchester. The con­cert fea­tured sev­eral new works by Manchester-based com­posers com­mis­sioned for the occasion.

Some words that I had nearby while writing this piece (cour­tesy of W. H. Auden, Seamus Heaney and Friedrich Dürrenmatt):

“A cul­ture is no better than its woods.”

“‘Since when,’ he asked,
‘Are the first and last line of any poem
where the poem be­gins and ends?’’

“Nur noch die Geige Einsteins ist zu hören.”

The title is taken from a state­ment made by John Cage shortly be­fore his death in an in­ter­view with Charles Amirkhanian:

“We live in a time I think not of main­stream but of many streams or even, if you in­sist on a river of time, that we have come to delta, maybe even beyond delta to an ocean which is going back to the skies.”



from …going back to the skies, track released February 26, 2010
Chris Swithinbank - composer
Trio Atem - www.myspace.com/trioatem
Gavin Osborn - bass flute
Nina Whiteman - voice
Alice Purton - cello


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Chris Swithinbank is a British-Dutch composer who works with both acoustic instruments and electronic sounds.

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