Although the wind
blows terribly here,
the moonlight also leaks
between the roof planks
of this ruined house.
(Shikibu)

“Hope Is the Hardest Love We Carry,” a chamber composition by Linda J. Chase, features poet Jane Hirshfield reading her own poetry and her translations (with Mariko Aratani) of thousand-year-old Japanese poems by Izumi Shikibu and Ono no Komachi. The music was composed following Chase’s Japan Foundation residency that coincided with the 3/11/11 Great East Japan earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. Performers include NEC faculty members, flutist Linda J. Chase, pianist Hankus Netsky, and students from New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Department. 


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