Composer: Lindquist, Ellen
Publisher: Potenza Music
for oboe and piano
by Ellen Lindquist (b. 1970)- American composer
“Zosa” is one of many Sanskrit words meaning “breath.” Zosa explores breath through music, embracing both its simplicity and complexity. Written for oboist Laura Karney, Zosa has evolved from our many discussions about the role of breath in both the performance of music and the practice of yoga.
Laura and I premiered Zosa together on January 25, 2005 while we were both in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Canada, and have since performed it in the USA (New York), Sweden, the Netherlands, and Germany.
This piece makes extensive use of multiphonics and glissandi. Explanations are provided.