version A orchestra & soundtrack
version B string quartet or sax quartet
version C sax quintet
Commissioned by the Jeugd Orkest Nederland and its conductor Jurjen Hempel with financial support from the FPK.
version A orchestra:
2 Clarinets in B flat, 4 French Horns, 2 Trombones, 2 Harps, Strings
version C sax 5:
sax quintet: soprano sax solo + sax quartet
This is the most recent one, written for Branford Marsalis and the Aurelia Sax Quartet at the occasion of 30 years Aurelia, Paradiso Amsterdam, Fall 2013
September 2008 I visited Sicily. On the fishing market of Syracuse I recorded a couple of stallholders selling their fish, in a loud and beautiful, melancholic way, singing like sirenes, with huge glissandi. The melody of these sound bytes are the leitmotif for the composition.