The Island at Noon

from by Francesca Anderegg

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The initial idea behind Imagined Archipelagos was to write a series of short pieces for violin and piano each inspired by a particular aspect of the Mayan culture. The first movement written was originally titled Tzolkin, after one of the Mayan calendars that consists of 13 months of 20 days each. Different musical phrases consisting of 13 and 20 notes unfolded at different rates between the violin and the piano. The next movement became a depiction of the Mayan goddess Ix Chel, one of the few and most important female deities in their pantheon.

By the time I started working on the other movements, my interests had become more far-reaching. The last movement turned out to be a dazzling Venezuelan dance that obstinately repeats the same chord progression, but the two instruments are never completely aligned. The piece has a distinctly “American” (as in covering the whole American continent) feel, but it became obvious that it could no longer be contained within the initial Mayan umbrella. Inspired by the writings of Nobel Prize winning poet Derek Walcott from Saint Lucia, I came upon the metaphor of the archipelago: each of the pieces would constitute an individual unit, an island, but that all of the islands would in turn be joined together below the surface of the water.

Imagined Archipelagos becomes more than the sum of its parts (just like many of the greatest things to come from the American continent), inhabiting that paradoxical space where things are new and old, simple and complex, familiar and surprising. -Reinaldo Moya


from Wild Cities, released July 8, 2016
Francesca Anderegg, violin, Brent Funderburk, piano, Reinaldo Moya, composer, Cameron Wiley, engineer



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Francesca Anderegg Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hailed by the New York Times for her “rich tone” and “virtuosic panache,” violinist Francesca Anderegg performs contemporary and classical music. Through her inventive programming, composer collaborations, and precise yet impassioned interpretations, she has earned renown as a musical explorer of the first order. "This was playing that had it all — taste, mastery, sensuality." – Norman Lebrecht ... more

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