African Journal No 5
Dedicated to Jonathan and Helen
Duration: c. 10 minutes
First performance: Thursday 29 November 1984; Purcell Room, London, United Kingdom; Metanoia: Jonathan Impett flugelhorn, Helen Verney cello, Michael Blake prepared piano, John Whiting sound projection.
Taireva (meaning ‘We were talking’ or ‘We shall speak out’) is a traditional piece found in the repertoire of Shona mbira players (in the south of Zimbabwe). I have written my own variations on ‘Taireva’ for muted flugelhorn, cello, prepared piano and two stereo tapes, the fifth piece in the cycle ‘African Journal’’.