We Lived Happily During the War (2021)

Soprano and Six Percussionists


Commissioned by the Fromm Foundation, written for Jamie Jordan and Talujon Percussion


We Lived Happily During the War (2021) (20’) is scored for soprano and six percussionists and is based on a poem by Ilya Kaminsky. Commissioned by the Fromm Foundation and written for soprano Jamie Jordan and the New York based Talujon percussion ensemble, We Lived Happily During the War is comprised of four songs and a percussion interlude all of which reflect the isolation, pain, and political call to action (and the resulting inaction) that the 2020 pandemic has come to represent. It is also a further contemplation about my family history, especially my grandmother’s escape from Ukraine after the massacre in her town during the 1919 pandemic.

Plurabelle Music Publishing

Ilya Kaminsky, Emily Dickinson, Yiddish Folk Song, and others

World Premiere
Spring, 2022