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This song was inspired by both the infinite and the finite combinations of archetypes and roles in families. Although we all similarly seek human connection, there are infinite of ways of connecting - but humans also follow archetypal models that can be categorized and used as tools to understand our relationships better. In this song, symbolizing human archetypes with a musical triad, I have included all the possible combinations of intervals that form these triads. This seeks to represent the many aspects of families that don’t fit a traditional mother-father-child schema, representing a non-binary loosely interconnected collection of people (represented by pitches) that morph slowly from one shape to the next. Therefore we are bound by both the finite number of notes and an infinite number of possibilities because each triad can be reinterpreted by the bass as having a different tonic, thus providing a different harmonic function and meaning. Not two versions of the song will be identical - but they will also be the same in the fact that they will follow the same intervallic harmonic form.
Inside community, there are deep ridges that sometimes require long bridges to bring people together. Eleonora is my long lost sister, and I had her in mind when writing the song because she’s a missing element in my family. The melody at the beginning symbolizes her conception, before her birth. At some point there begins to be a discrepancy between the bass and the piano that represents the disagreement between her father and mother. The saxophone wails are composed to evoke a child crying. When the melody ends, Eleonora has disappeared, and the search for her through all the possible triads begins.


from Magdalena, released May 11, 2018
María Grand, tenor saxophone; David Bryant, piano; Rashaan Carter, acoustic bass; Jeremy Dutton, drums


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María Grand is a saxophonist, composer, and educator currently based in NYC.

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