Where Is the Door to the Tavern?

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SATB, dbl bass & pitched bottles (as edge-blown aerophones) or accordion

The text comes from "The Gift" —poetry of the great Sufi poet Hafiz,  translated/transformed by Daniel Ladinsky.   I was taken with the mystical notion of being intoxicated on God and of the willingness to see everything as a potential  "door to God." A rowdy, highly rhythmic celebration of life and was is accompanied by double bass and pitched beer bottles, this piece was definitely inspired by drinking longnecks at the local tavern!

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Catalog Number: 
VMP022
Duration: 
1:30
Total Pages: 
8
Commissioned By: 
Regional Arts & Culture Council (Portland, Oregon region)
Premiere
Premiere Date: 
10/10/2002
Premiere Ensemble: 
Choral Conspiracy
Premiere Conductor: 
Joan Szymko
Text
Text Author or Source: 
Hafiz / translated by Daniel Ladinsky
Language: 
English
Text: 

Where is the door to the tavern?
Where is the door to God?
In the sound of a barking dog
In the ring of a hammer
[In a drop of rain]
In the face of everyone I see.