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Wild Embers (2017)

for SSAA choir | 00:03:30

by Melissa Dunphy | text by Nikita Gill

Text by poet Nikita Gill. Commissioned by Acalanes Bella Voce, directed by Bruce Lengacher.

To the Women of Acalanes High School Bella Voce on the occasion of their performance at the 2018 CASMEC. They will all tell new stories.

In memory of Giselle "Gigi" Keppel (2000-2019).


We are the descendants
of the wild women you forgot
We are the stories you thought
would never be taught.

They should have checked the ashes
of the women they burned alive.
Because it takes a single wild ember
to bring a whole wildfire to life.

Nikita Gill (2017)
Text used with permission of the poet.

"This very simple, very clean body percussion brings a rhythmic cohesion and drive to the piece, but doesn’t add additional tonal complexity or visual distraction. "

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Artwork by Nikita Gill


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