Echoes, Maya Badian
After 13+ hours of driving from Toronto to New England through pelting rain in upstate New York, I am safely ensconced in Brattleboro, the city of my old student days, which is wonderfully nestled in the mountains of southern Vermont.
The historic Latchis Hotel – a hotel and old vaudville theater space circa 1937 – is an Art Deco gem, and serves as a vibrant community hub for a variety of local arts organizations. Located right in the heart of Brattleboro, the sound of early-morning commuter traffic serves as backdrop for this evocative middle movement, Espressivo, from Echoes by Maya Badian.
The middle section is intended to be much more dramatic than it sounds here, as it is written up the octave, but considering that I had slipped into this delightful lobby before 8 a.m. I was concerned that I might disturb guests in the hotel rooms located directly above! After draining a badly needed complimentary hotel coffee, I thought this piece would be a perfect musical meditation for my first morning in the States, as well as ideally suited to play with the ample acoustics of this unique Art Deco space.
Also, if you listen right through to the finish, you will discover that in addition to the vibrant sounds of Brattleboro’s rush-hour, there is a railway line just visible – and audible – through the Art Deco entrance-way that runs along the nearby Connecticut River valley!