Rodrigo Barriga / Krissy Bergmark / Gordon H. Williams / Leandro Daniel Gimenez

Cada Mañana Una Nueva Llegada / Every Morning A New Arrival

Cada Mañana Una Nueva Llegada / Every Morning A New Arrival was developed through exploring themes of intimacy, self-exploration, isolation, interactivity and liveness, physicality of sound, and limitations. During the Westben 2020 Performer-Composer Residency, each of the composers reflected on their individual moods through individual improvisations, duo and quartet improvisations, and visual field recordings. The resulting piece reflects the individual experiences of the composers in times of heavily contrasting themes. Experiences of isolation and quarantine, coupled with globally connecting experiences of the pandemic and racial uprisings form the backdrop of the moods projected within the piece. The following texts were either used within the piece, or served as a contributing idea:

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

~Jalaluddin Rumi
from Rumi: Selected Poems, trans Coleman Barks with John Moynce, A. J. Arberry, Reynold Nicholson (Penguin Books, 2004)

Intimacy is one name for the rapport of shared-separation, a separation that is the between-spacing opened up by the force of the outside that we are exposed to, in the finitude that holds us together-apart—which is to say: in common.

~John Paul Ricco
From INTIMACY: Inseparable from Separation

M- Ya ahorita terminamos.
H- ¿Ya vamos a acabar?
M- Sí, Ya ahorita terminamos.
H- Ya nos vamos. ¿Ya acabamos?
M- No, ahorita terminamos.
H- Pero ahorita es ahorita.

~transcribed conversation
From Intimacy, Imitation and Language Learning: Spanish Diminutives in Mother-Child Conversation by Kendall King and Gigliana Melzi

In Separate Togetherness