Del Sol String Quartet Kate Stenberg, violin Rick Shinozaki, violin Charlton Lee, viola Kathryn Bates, cello
Peradam Composed by: Ken Ueno
Peradam (2011) was commissioned by the Other Minds Festival for the Del Sol String Quartet. The title refers to a rare mythical diamond-like stone that is the invention of René Daumal and appears in his novel Mount Analogue. The novel is an allegorical spiritual quest in the guise of an alpine ascent. In Daumal's novel, peradam is found on the slopes of Mount Analogue and appears to whomever "seeks it with sincere desire...it reveals itself by its sudden sparkle, like that of dewdrops." Peradam is a metaphor for a rare, beautiful, natural phenomenon, an object that stands for discoveries we can attain over a lifetime of searching for them. Spending my life looking for musical peradams, I feel blessed whenever I meet and have the opportunity to collaborate with musicians like Charlton Lee and the Del Sol String Quartet, where together we journey toward the summits of our Mount Analogues. Musicians such as these help expand my imagination for what might be possible, and make it real in performance.
-Notes by the Composer