MELIA WATRAS: FIREFLY
for voices and cello (2018)
World Premiere: Michael Jinsoo Lim and Melia Watras, voices; Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, cello; April 17, 2019, Seattle, WA
Firefly was shaped by my admiration for Larkin Poe, an American sister duo that performs roots rock (commonly defined as rock music that is rooted in the form’s origins, including folk, blues and country). The work’s title is also a look back at origins. For me, growing up in the Midwest, fireflies were a source of beauty and wonder, lighting up the sky on lazy, humid summer nights.