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“I’ve always been intrigued by the myth of the Phoenix,” writes Kelly-Marie Murphy, “a bird that immolates in fire and then rises up again from its own ashes.” It is such a powerful image, and one which is relevant to disaster. No matter how devastating any single event might be, you can still recover and begin again: a do-over. The success is in the attempt and the belief that it is possible to move forward.
The Trio No. 2 is cast in a traditional fast-slow-fast three-movement form. The first movement of this piece combines a fleeting, unsettled music with jagged and obsessive “head-banging” rhythms. The second movement is very lyrical, a flowing song tinged with sadness. The third movement is a true paean to the contemporary world, and is deeply influenced by rhythm ‘n’ blues pop music.