Composer: Judith Shatin
Publisher: Wendigo Music
This piece was inspired by the Taoist discipline “hsin chai”. This is a technique of purification in which one transcends the act of listening with the heart (or mind) to listen with the breath (or soul). The act of composing seems to bridge these two. Fasting Heart embodies a journey in which contemplative motion is twice interrupted by violent outbursts. The timbral colors juxtaposes qualitites of breath and voice with explosive outbursts. Extended techniques combine timbres of the voice and flute.