sheng, flute, clarinet, santur, setar, oud, percussion, erhu, viola and double bass

Premiere: February 18, 2021, Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques 2021: Musique sans frontières, Montréal (Québec)

First spring flowers have always filled me with hope and joy. They withstand the long, cold winters by patiently biding their time underneath layers of snow and ice. Then, when the time is right, they always manage to navigate through the frozen ground to greet the warmth of the sun. The year 2020 was one of the worst winters we have ever experienced, and many of us have been left exhausted and traumatized. I hope the coming year will be filled with strength, kindness, patience, and recovery. We can all begin our healing journey like the first spring blossoms that pierce through the snow.