dominickdiorio
conductor composer
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A Chain is Broken

Choral Music

chorus with piano

work detail

instrumentation: SATB, tenor, piano, optional violin

completion date: august 2019

duration: 4 minutes

texts: An original commissioned poem by Khashayar Tonekaboni

events

18

ACDA MIDWESTERN REGIONAL CONFERENCE PERFORMANCE

NOTUS, Dominick DiOrio

Harris Theater - Chicago, Illinois

1:00 pm

In July 2020, NOTUS was to have travelled to the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland, New Zealand... but the universe had other plans. Here is a program planned for then but updated for now, as America wrestles with its own multifarious history and intersections of cultural voices of today. Featuring Carlos Cordero's Ayúdame, Andrea Ramsey's Stomp on the Fire, Reena Esmail's Tuttarana, Joel Thompson's America Will Be!, and the live world premieres of Moira Smiley's Wire You Here and Dominick DiOrio's A Chain is Broken (with a commissioned original poem by Iranian American poet Khashayar Tonekaboni). Also featuring the premiere performance of the Raymond Brock Commissioned Work: Eriks Esenvalds Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.

15

WHAT IS OURS: MUSIC FOR AN AMERICA IN PROGRESS

NOTUS, Dominick DiOrio

IU Jacobs School of Music - Auer Hall - Bloomington, Indiana

8:00 pm

In July 2020, NOTUS was to have travelled to the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland, New Zealand... but the universe had other plans. Here is a program planned for then but updated for now, as America wrestles with its own multifarious history and intersections of cultural voices of today. Featuring Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate's Visions of a Child: A Pueblo Lullaby, Carlos Cordero's Ayúdame, Andrea Ramsey's Stomp on the Fire, Reena Esmail's Tuttarana, Joel Thompson's America Will Be!, and the live world premieres of Moira Smiley's Wire You Here and Dominick DiOrio's A Chain is Broken (with a commissioned original poem by Iranian American poet Khashayar Tonekaboni). Also featuring conductors Peter Kadeli and Alex Koppel.

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A Chain is Broken (world premiere)

A Chain Is Broken (2019) NOTUS Nicholas Stevens, tenor Erina Buchholz, violin Rees Taylor Roberts, piano Dominick DiOrio, conductor & composer On an original commissioned poem, “Earth’s Anthem” by Khashayar Tonekaboni. World premiere performance.

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commission and dedication:

Commissioned by NOTUS: Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble - Dominick DiOrio, director, and made possible with funding from Indiana University’s New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Program.

 

composer's note

A Chain is Broken is a musical setting of an original poem, Earth’s Anthem, by Iranian-American author and poet Khashayar Tonekaboni (pen name Terry Pinaud). The poem is a creative reimagining of the poet’s own experience of starting a new life in the United States, after he moved here from Iran to study at Indiana University. In the poem, Tonekaboni writes in both Persian and English, as he illustrates the difficulties associated with finding a new way when he was also gradually learning to understand a new language. As the poem progresses, its initial uncertainty turns to feelings of aspiration, optimism, and joy, even while still recognizing that “with freedom comes a cost.”

The music is also aspirational in its trajectory, moving from the opening murkiness in which a tenor soloist is heard over a foggy confusion of English words to an ever more powerful clarity infused with rhythmic propulsion and drive.

The work was written by DiOrio for NOTUS—the contemporary vocal ensemble at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music—to perform at the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland. (Ultimately, the premiere was postponed due to the coronavirus.) The commissioning of the music and the text were both made possible with support from the Indiana University New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Extraordinary Opportunity program.

text

Gham daaram, Maadar                                               I’m sad, Mother
Kojayee, Pédar?                                                           Where are you, Father?
Gharibeh-am keh dar                                                 I’m a stranger
Beyneh gharibeh-haast                                                Among strangers

Deerooz, baa ham boodeem                                       Yesterday, we were together
Deerooz, khandeh                                                       Yesterday, there was laughter
Chehreh-ye Maadar, keh feda kardeh                        Mother’s countenance and her sacrifice
Khaterehi tanha beyneh sedaahaast                            Are but memories among the voices

Cheh meegooyand?                                                     What are they saying?
Cheh meeporsand?                                                      What are they asking?
Beh cheh meekhandand?                                            What makes them laugh?
Gom-shodeh injaa tanhaast                                        He who is lost is here alone

Do they understand?
A smile and
A nod and
A barrier is crossed

And I see unity
Of ideas, of thoughts that brings
Laughter at laughable things
Together, engendering trust

A new world is at hand
New faces, new expressions
Together in diverse collections
An ocean of love and lust

For freedom stands
Facing me, embracing me
Carrying, chasing me
From maybe to must

Certainty replaces
Trepidation and fear
Friends and lovers are here
Laughing, crying, their faces embossed

With joy, with pain
Still, a chain is broken
And moods are spoken
But with freedom comes a cost

Dear to bear the burden of
Standing on both feet and
Shouting to the world, taking a stand
I am no longer tossed

On the waves of will
Of others.  I’ll speak
For me and mine, no longer meek
And for the globe in whose crust

Is baked the love of all
Sometimes hidden
Some forbidden
But never is Mother thrust

In the dark of hate
For long when all the I’s
Proclaim Earth’s anthem never dies
Singing the stories of each of us.

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events

18

ACDA MIDWESTERN REGIONAL CONFERENCE PERFORMANCE

NOTUS, Dominick DiOrio

Harris Theater - Chicago, Illinois

1:00 pm

In July 2020, NOTUS was to have travelled to the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland, New Zealand... but the universe had other plans. Here is a program planned for then but updated for now, as America wrestles with its own multifarious history and intersections of cultural voices of today. Featuring Carlos Cordero's Ayúdame, Andrea Ramsey's Stomp on the Fire, Reena Esmail's Tuttarana, Joel Thompson's America Will Be!, and the live world premieres of Moira Smiley's Wire You Here and Dominick DiOrio's A Chain is Broken (with a commissioned original poem by Iranian American poet Khashayar Tonekaboni). Also featuring the premiere performance of the Raymond Brock Commissioned Work: Eriks Esenvalds Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.

15

WHAT IS OURS: MUSIC FOR AN AMERICA IN PROGRESS

NOTUS, Dominick DiOrio

IU Jacobs School of Music - Auer Hall - Bloomington, Indiana

8:00 pm

In July 2020, NOTUS was to have travelled to the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland, New Zealand... but the universe had other plans. Here is a program planned for then but updated for now, as America wrestles with its own multifarious history and intersections of cultural voices of today. Featuring Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate's Visions of a Child: A Pueblo Lullaby, Carlos Cordero's Ayúdame, Andrea Ramsey's Stomp on the Fire, Reena Esmail's Tuttarana, Joel Thompson's America Will Be!, and the live world premieres of Moira Smiley's Wire You Here and Dominick DiOrio's A Chain is Broken (with a commissioned original poem by Iranian American poet Khashayar Tonekaboni). Also featuring conductors Peter Kadeli and Alex Koppel.


videos

A Chain is Broken (world premiere)

A Chain Is Broken (2019) NOTUS Nicholas Stevens, tenor Erina Buchholz, violin Rees Taylor Roberts, piano Dominick DiOrio, conductor & composer On an original commissioned poem, “Earth’s Anthem” by Khashayar Tonekaboni. World premiere performance.


commission and dedication:

Commissioned by NOTUS: Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble - Dominick DiOrio, director, and made possible with funding from Indiana University’s New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Program.

 


composer's note

A Chain is Broken is a musical setting of an original poem, Earth’s Anthem, by Iranian-American author and poet Khashayar Tonekaboni (pen name Terry Pinaud). The poem is a creative reimagining of the poet’s own experience of starting a new life in the United States, after he moved here from Iran to study at Indiana University. In the poem, Tonekaboni writes in both Persian and English, as he illustrates the difficulties associated with finding a new way when he was also gradually learning to understand a new language. As the poem progresses, its initial uncertainty turns to feelings of aspiration, optimism, and joy, even while still recognizing that “with freedom comes a cost.”

The music is also aspirational in its trajectory, moving from the opening murkiness in which a tenor soloist is heard over a foggy confusion of English words to an ever more powerful clarity infused with rhythmic propulsion and drive.

The work was written by DiOrio for NOTUS—the contemporary vocal ensemble at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music—to perform at the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland. (Ultimately, the premiere was postponed due to the coronavirus.) The commissioning of the music and the text were both made possible with support from the Indiana University New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Extraordinary Opportunity program.


text

Gham daaram, Maadar                                               I’m sad, Mother
Kojayee, Pédar?                                                           Where are you, Father?
Gharibeh-am keh dar                                                 I’m a stranger
Beyneh gharibeh-haast                                                Among strangers

Deerooz, baa ham boodeem                                       Yesterday, we were together
Deerooz, khandeh                                                       Yesterday, there was laughter
Chehreh-ye Maadar, keh feda kardeh                        Mother’s countenance and her sacrifice
Khaterehi tanha beyneh sedaahaast                            Are but memories among the voices

Cheh meegooyand?                                                     What are they saying?
Cheh meeporsand?                                                      What are they asking?
Beh cheh meekhandand?                                            What makes them laugh?
Gom-shodeh injaa tanhaast                                        He who is lost is here alone

Do they understand?
A smile and
A nod and
A barrier is crossed

And I see unity
Of ideas, of thoughts that brings
Laughter at laughable things
Together, engendering trust

A new world is at hand
New faces, new expressions
Together in diverse collections
An ocean of love and lust

For freedom stands
Facing me, embracing me
Carrying, chasing me
From maybe to must

Certainty replaces
Trepidation and fear
Friends and lovers are here
Laughing, crying, their faces embossed

With joy, with pain
Still, a chain is broken
And moods are spoken
But with freedom comes a cost

Dear to bear the burden of
Standing on both feet and
Shouting to the world, taking a stand
I am no longer tossed

On the waves of will
Of others.  I’ll speak
For me and mine, no longer meek
And for the globe in whose crust

Is baked the love of all
Sometimes hidden
Some forbidden
But never is Mother thrust

In the dark of hate
For long when all the I’s
Proclaim Earth’s anthem never dies
Singing the stories of each of us.


dominick smiling and looking out