By David Balakrishnan, for string quartet. As heard on the eponymously titled debut TISQ CD
Overall description of all four movements: “This is the composition that TISQ was literally formed to play. I had originally written it for three violins and baritone violin (violin with strings tuned an octave low), realizing it though playing all the parts myself. I was entirely blessed that the right players appeared in my life to allow this to take its proper shape as a string quartet, and who were ready and willing to share the journey implied. It was a door no one had yet opened, and we barged on through with wild abandon, as youngsters are wont to do.” Length: 20:00.
“My father, who was born in a small village in Kerala South India, told me once about a childhood experience, a family member had died and all the women in the village had gathered and making this eerie sound, “eooo,” “eooo…”. That stuck in my mind as a vague unsettling sense of grief-stricken disembodiment, that I am trying to evoke in this piece.”