Br’er Abbot’s Briarpatch

Feast of the Ascension

In celebration of the Feast of the Ascension…


“With speech, the human brain cannot aurally perceive two pieces of information at the same time. Having a person talking about corruption in politics, while another is talking about eternal love would only make a listener shift between the two monologues, struggling to get the general idea of the context, opinions and perspectives. In music however, where the factors of familiarity and expectation come forward, that is not the case. We all know how Happy Birthday or Silent Night is going to finish, even when they are played one over the other. Furthermore, if those two melodies or musical elements have a good chemistry, the result could be something new and unique. This concept became the backbone of a piece I have wanted to write for a long time: a piece that would keep rising, higher and higher. Two distinct entities, both emerging from the same melody, live and evolve in parallel, helping, supporting, getting to know each other, until they ultimately become one. Moving slower than the human pace and inspired by Eastern European liturgies and Greek Orthodox chant, Ascension describes the magical, steady and unconscious development of a relationship between two independent beings: friends, lovers, father and son or even human and God. This composition is how I hear the dreamlike, often-disruptable journey to absolute happiness.” -Alexandros Drosos