Composed by James Nyoraku Schlefer. Performed by David Yang, Viola, and the composer. Performance on May 8, 2016.
2Blue is inspired by silence - both the silent moments of traditional Japanese shakuhachi music (MA 無) and the silent beats of the American Blues. The outer sections use the darker tones of the viola and the long shakuhachi, coupled with a slow tempo, to frame a rhythmic and cloud-free middle section. It all evokes a sense of dignity and the universality inherent in both solitude and union.