flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, erhu, zheng, oud, tablas, darbouka, percussion, keyboard, santur, tar, 2 violins, viola, cello and double bass

Commission: Vancouver Inter-cultural Orchestra

Gypsy Chronicles is an imaginary musical journal in four parts, crossing Byzantium — modern-day Istanbul — toward the gates of Europe in search of the source of music in ancient melody and harmony, un-tempered and untamed, resonating with nature. I imagine musicians converging there, from all parts of the Silk Road, to play this music that comes down to a handful of tones which they might play over and over again, searching for the source of their common musical heritage. One day I will make this trip. Meanwhile, I am fortunate to live in Vancouver, a city where excellent musicians from these regions have settled and can realize my dream-music.