Clay Pipes and Spiral Shells for Marimba Duo with Narrator

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Clay Pipes and Spiral Shells for Marimba Duo with Narrator celebrates the intertwining of Earth and sky, the tangible and the mystical of the stunning landscapes, rich history, and profound natural beauty of Death Valley National Park in California.

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Clay Pipes and Spiral Shells for Marimba Duo with Narrator from Death Valley Symphony

 

Duo Lin-Lynn (Weichen Lin and Lynn Vartan) commissioned “Clay Pipes and Spiral Shells,” for two marimbas with narration — delivered by the performer on Marimba 1 — to be included in Jenni Brandon’s extensive work Death Valley Symphony. The duo movement is part of this broader composition for Marimba Quartet, percussion ensemble, Choir, and Piano that delves into the stunning landscapes, rich history, and profound natural beauty of Death Valley National Park in California. It celebrates the intertwining of Earth and sky, the tangible and the mystical, while acknowledging the Timbisha Shoshone Indians, the original stewards of the land long before European settlers arrived.

The performance by the marimba duo alternates between a fluid and watery representation of Death Valley’s ancient, evaporated lakebed — which left behind fossilized spiral shells and the now endangered pupfish in isolated park areas — and more bell-like and tumultuous movement that signals a struggle, serving as a reminder that our actions reverberate through time and space.

The emotive poetry of Brandon Krieg highlights the deep bond between humanity and the Earth, underscoring the belief that the essence of the planet exists within each of us, linking us all through its shared legacy.

This work appears on Duo Lin-Lynn’s debut album STARS ABOVE
released June 2024

Available on all major streaming services and at
Duo LinLynn – Stars Above (hearnow.com)

 

 


Clay Pipes and Spiral Shells

Poem by Brandon Krieg

I’m told others in other languages flowed
through the changes here and left clay pipes
My being here is because of them
My being here is because of harm to them
I am pinned in my plural hurts to salt
like a pupfish that struggled across cracked salt and stopped
How could I do this to myself?

I’m told others in other becomings
channeled the changes through their spiral shells
and left their shells in the rock
and left eddies in the rock that will unspool
and be threaded again through what’s left.

 

© 2023 Brandon Krieg. Used with permission. For more
poems by Brandon Krieg visit www.brandonkrieg.com

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