This music is a sonic exploration of words, drawings and intent, played out through the dimensions of structured and free improvisation. Rhythms of tanks, machine guns and bombers that cry on their descent to destruction, combine with voices of despair and hopelessness. The sensation of whirling through love and the joyousness of rebirth is interrupted by chaos and devastation. Prayerful tones are released into the ether's, looking for the pathway to reconnect with peace.
The consummate musicianship and unique talents of the members of this quintet, Mark Dresser, Gerry Hemingway, Marty Ehrlich and Ben Williams, played an integral role in the creation of this music. I can only put the notes on the page and voice my intent; the rest is a sonic conversation between souls, traveling together through time and space. I am deeply grateful for the wonderful journey they provided.
Special thanks to Chamber Music America, New Music USA, Tom Bellino and Planet Arts, The Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair, NJ and Gaylord French, Tedesco Recordings Studios, John Guth, Dennis Connors, Bruce Hanson, and Rob Henke for your support, expertise and creativity in the creation of this project.
And to all who listen to this recording, may peace and harmony be with you.
Diane Moser October 16, 2013
Music for the Last Flower was created with support from Chamber Music America’s 2003 New Works: Creation and Presentation Program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
This recording was supported by a grant from New Music USA’s CAP Recording Grant, made possible by endowment funds from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.