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"Knit Inside Me" for Solo Harp

Programme Note:

In September 2020, doctors at an American prison performed a violent, forced hysterectomy—the removal of a women’s uterus—onto more than 40 female immigrant prisoners. Without their consent. These women can no longer have children. And—as prisoners in a foreign country—they are locked away.

 

Elsewhere, a mother sings a lullaby to her newborn child before bedtime—“El rorro niño.” The child sleeps, and smiles, and hopes, and dreams. The imprisoned women could also be doing this, singing lullabies to their children.

 

How do we give birth to music—here, through the ancient, maternal body of the harp?

And can a lullaby save us from the nightmares?

Performance History:

 

Inštitut .abeceda

  • Date: 23 June 2022

  • Location: Festivalna Dvorana, Bled, Slovenia

  • Performer: Urška Rihtaršič

Inštitut .abeceda

  • Date: 17 January 2022

  • Location: Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia

  • Performer: Urška Rihtaršič

Recorded Premiere: James Pecore Music

  • Date: 13 October 2021

  • Location: YouTube 

  • Performer: Olivia Jageurs

NY Youth Symphony: Composition Workshop

  • Date: 8 December 2020

  • Location: Zoom

  • Performer: Bridget Kibbey