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World Premiere Performance Takes Us "Further Within" Ourselves

The fall season of Trillium Salon Series launches this week with a world premiere performance of a violin duet, which the composer describes as "very meditative." 

Fayetteville-based composer and musician Ryan Cockerham explains that his piece, titled "Further Within," is music that's designed to provoke not only a response to the music but to each individual's own situation. 

"I think of this album as music that's supposed to enable a process. Maybe that process is a personal reflection," he says, a journey of discovery to the depth of one's own psyche to contemplate: "What do we reveal when we look further into ourselves." 

The three movement work was inspired, in part, by a barren landscape photo taken by the composer's father in a portion of Big Bend National Park in Texas that juts right up against Mexico. Cockerham describes the rocky barren terrain as  "alien landscapes" that evoke a "Martian feel." 

"Further Within," the title track to an album of the same name Cockerham recorded with violinist Er-Gene Kahng, will be played in full by Cockerham and Kahng Thursday, Sept. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the editorial office of Arkansas' arts magazine, Idle Class, located at 626 W. Dickson. The free concert will also have a diverse array of food and drink available from sponsors Blackboard GroceryConscious CocoApple Blossom Brewing CompanyOzark Natural Foods, and Pink House Alchemy.

Trillium Salon Series, a new live concerts initiative I co-organize, takes classical music outside the concert hall into intimate settings for a showcase on compelling classical, as well as the thriving local food and drink culture blossoming in our hills. If you'd like to keep up with us please send an email to trilliumsalonseries [at] gmail.com.

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