All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.
— Leo Tolstoy
Pałac Łazienkowski - 18th February 2018

Pałac Łazienkowski - 18th February 2018


эта работа посвящена моим бабушкам и дедушкам


Vol lays its foundations upon the concept of flight and the causes behind a necessity to abandon one's homeland. It is dedicated to my grandparents who fled their home once as children and again as young adults before finally moving to a state of rest in Australia. Like many families during the 20th century, the land they had known to be safe changed into a place that would send them moving through the world, passing through foreign lands, cultures and languages before finally finding peace. To know this sense of movement as children and again as adults was an interesting concept to weave into music - one innocent and seeing only the present as it is; the other holding memories of the past, worries for the future and questions for implications upon the legacy of family. Vol is a piece composed in sonata form to inhabit a space in between tonality and modality, with allusions to folk melodies suggesting the ancient of one's homeland situated within an ever changing form of present vulnerabilities. A duet for soprano saxophone and piano, Vol was premiered at the Pałac Łazienkowski in Warsaw, by Andrzej Karałow and Pablo Sánchez-Escariche Gasch, 18th February 2018. 



Vol translates directly from French as both theft and flight. The work, a duet for soprano saxophone and piano, captures a fleeting moment as two worlds collide, one fading into the past and another rising into the present. A transgression between worlds with bombastic interuptions in interrelations between material that seems, at times, to be jarring between early 19th C nostalgia of inflections upon the soprano saxophone placed against correlating force and drive of the piano. All moves to a state of rest and stillness - a space in which on can observe and simply be enraptured within a moment of what old and what is new. 

All is overwhelmed and saturated in the knowledge that this is the last glimpse of what was once safety and home yet no longer can be. It has been stolen and one must take flight.

Kirsten Milenko at the Pałac Łazienkowski, Poland - 18th February 2018

Kirsten Milenko at the Pałac Łazienkowski, Poland - 18th February 2018