The piece was inspired by a book I was reading called The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying,
which is written by Sogyal Rinpoche. He says:
The successive existences in a series of rebirths are not like the pearls in a pearl necklace, held together by
a string, the “soul,” which passes through all the pearls; rather they are like dice piled one on top of the
other. Each die is separate, but it supports the one above it, with which it is functionally connected.
Between the dice there is no identity, but conditionality.
The title came from the Sanskrit word Samsara, which is often defined as the endless cycle of
birth, death, and rebirth. In this piece, you will hear three different characters that represent
three different lifetimes. They are being reincarnated and intersected by each other and more.
It’s like a musical hotpot filled with diverse ingredients, and diversity is something we have
since day one in our history. At the end of the piece, the orchestra evolves into only one pitch
which represents the oneness of everything. As if we can finally rest. And yet, another journey
is just about to start.
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