From the recording Voice and Piano
“Roadside Grave” for soprano and piano
text based on translation of traditional japanese hymn
piano: Sihyun Uhm
During winter break 2014, my father brought me a japanese songbook and I remember leafind through it and stumbling on the translation of the japanese text of a traditional hymn. The text was so poignant and grim that I decided to set it to music. Something changed in the way I started composing and this song marks my transition into experiencing with dissonances. I regard this piece as the first turn point in my composition process.