Through the Storm
Through the Storm is a song about resilience and a reminder of how in times of change or difficulty we will always find strength in our roots, our communities. Words and music are by Katerina Gimon.
Commissioned and premiered by Phoenix Chamber Choir on May 7, 2022 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Through the Storm is a 2022 SOCAN Young Composers Competition award winner (3rd prize in the choral/vocal category).
Program note from the composer
Through the Storm is a song about resilience and a reminder of how in times of change or difficulty we will always find strength in our roots, our communities. This work was inspired by an interesting piece of information that I came across about trees and how the stress of storms causes their roots to grow stronger in response. I thought this was a beautiful metaphor for the inevitable obstacles and challenges we all face in life – weathering the storm and coming out stronger as a result.
Musically, Through the Storm is mysterious, striking, and energetic, taking listeners on a journey through a raging storm itself. You will hear the turbulent character of the work come across in rhythmic interjections woven throughout — in its melodies, body percussion, shouts, and layered rhythmic speech. Alongside this, fragments of folk-inspired melodic material repeat, morph, and intertwine, depicting the strength and constancy of a forest. Together, these musical ideas build up to a rousing groove and ever-changing patchwork of colours and sounds. — K.G.