Gravity Wins

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Track 8: Gravity Wins
Composed & conducted - K. L. Fortson
Bassoon - Yongjin Yun
Tubas - Jamal Boukhnouch
Violin - Nikita Olinevich
Viola - Joyce Huang
Double Bass - Fu Chun Chang
Recorded - Michael (乐音石) at WanMei Music Studio (Suzhou, China)
Mixed - K. L. Fortson and Michael (乐音石)
Mastered - K. L. Fortson
Special thanks to: Antoine Tacquenier
I was struck by the feeling of exaltation in the Navajo Magic Feather Dance, and the concept of the dance itself: a feather, seemingly suspending itself and dancing along to the performance due to the vibrations of a drum. However, the dance ends, and the feather ultimately goes back to being inanimate, and so behind the joy there presents itself a feeling of simultaneous mourning because the audience knows the illusion can not endure.
The idea behind this piece is the sadness of knowing we can live in dreams for only a moment. We build ourselves wings so that we can fly, but eventually reality sets in and, just like Icarus, we must come crashing back down to earth. Infinite to zero: Gravity Wins.

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from Strange Bedfellows, released July 2, 2019

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K. L. Fortson is a New Mexican composer and painter who graduated cum laude from the University of New Mexico and started out touring as a guitar player for bands before turning to orchestral and acousmatic music as a guitarist and violinist and began exploring the idea of harmonic painting. ... more

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