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Arcana

(Solo Piano).
Total duration ca. 20 minutes (201
4)
Published by Activist Music (ASCAP).
Eight movement work: "Cradle These Roots," "Unfurl,"
"Heal From Within," "Reach To Light,"
"Branches and Vines," "Touch It,"
"Search,"
and "From Earth To Sky."
32 pages, 8.5" x 11".

Premiered March 20, 2016
in Santa Cruz, CA. by Michael Tierra.

Also available as:

Arcana Planet

(Solo Piano with prerecorded electronic soundscape).
Total duration ca. 20 minutes (2017)

Published by Activist Music (ASCAP).
Eight movement work: "Cradle These Roots," "Unfurl,"
"Heal From Within," "Reach To Light,"
"Branches and Vines," "Touch It,"
"Search,"
and "From Earth To Sky."

     


View the first page and hear music clips
of any of the eight movements, in demo format performed by Alex Shapiro:

 
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1. Cradle These Roots
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Cradle These Roots excerpt
2. Unfurl
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Unfurl excerpt

3. Heal From Within

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Heal From Within excerpt

4. Reach To Light

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Reach To Light excerpt

5. Branches and Vines

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Branches and Vines excerpt

6. Touch It

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Touch It excerpt

7. Search

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Search excerpt

8. From Earth To Sky

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From Earth to Sky excerpt

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Arcana explores the painfully fragile and often perilous relationship between humans and the secrets of earth's abundant plant life. The music often does so from the perspective of the plants themselves, with healing herbs as protagonists of a story that begins with a dire warning, and ends with the faith that wisdom and grace shall ultimately triumph.

In the pursuit of better health, a "healing crisis" can occur, during which someone may feel even worse after the start of a curative regime, before they feel better. Accordingly, the eight movements of this suite journey through some very dark and frightening places before arriving to the light. The toxins of conflict are a powerful subject, whether a struggle with one's inner demons, or a battle against outer threats to the wellbeing of our planet.


 

An everlasting mystery in both examples is the poignant attempt to achieve balance. Renowned herbalists Michael Tierra and his wife Lesley are among those who succeed in this challenge beautifully, as they work to improve the bodies, minds and spirits of others while honoring the natural world, always respectful of its power to harm as well as to heal. Representing their shared passion through the sphere of music has been a passage of joy and discovery for which I'll always be grateful. As above, so below; as within, so without. Creation is a form of magic. And the world of roots seeking good soil, and leaves turning upward to pure air, is one that we must protect, always.

Lesley Tierra, Alex Shapiro, Michael Tierra
Lesley and Michael Tierra flank Alex in their Santa Cruz herbalist office, March 2016.

 
 

Enjoy this video excerpt from the premiere of ARCANA
in Santa Cruz, CA, May 20, 2016:
Movement 2, titled, UNFURL, performed by pianist Michael Tierra,
to whom the piece is dedicated.

 

     

 

Here is Michael Tierra premiering the seventh movement of ARCANA,
titled, SEARCH.

 

1. Cradle These Roots    
Cradle These Roots, pg. 1
2. Unfurl
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Unfurl; page 1
3. Heal from Within
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Heal from Within, pg. 1
4. Reach to Light    
Reach to Light, pg. 1
5. Branches and Vines    
Branches and Vines, pg. 1
6. Touch It    
Touch It, pg. 1
7. Search    
Search, pg. 1
8. From Earth to Sky    
From Earth to Sky, pg. 1
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