Sense of Place

Painting by Bahaar Tavassoli inspired by this composition


Instrumentation: Two b-flat clarinets
Commissioned by: New Sounds from an Ancient Land
Premiered by: Bahar Tavassoli and Sahar Azar
Duration: 8:00 min
Composition date: 2017
World Premiere: April 23rd at Gallery 345 in Toronto

A ‘sense of place’ can be described as a collection of qualities and characteristics that provide meaning to one’s relationship with a location. This clarinet duo by the same name explores this recurring feeling that one gets when visiting a space. The piece opens with a solo voice in a frantic state. Gradually, a second voice echoes the main voice all around the stage. Various spatial and temporal relationships between the two musicians are explored. By the end, the two unique voices embrace peacefully, suggesting that relationships with others impact one’s sense of space.

We belong where love finds us

– Anne Michaels, Toronto Poet Laureate
Premiered on April 23rd at Gallery 345 in Toronto by Bahaar Tavassoli and Sahar Azar.