Noodin (There is a Wind, 1999) duo for 2 C flutes performed by the ERGO Ensemble (Dorothee Binding & Philipp Jundt)
This work expresses the spirit of wind, as a ‘sound character’ of many guises and physicalities—mainly through various shades of ‘breath’, many other inherent sounds that European flutes naturally make (microtonally shaded, breathy, various kinds of multiphonics, overtones, etc.), and whispered fragments of human speech in the Ojibwe/Odawa language. It is intended to capture the fleeting nature of wind—ranging from powerful and extroverted to subtle and mysterious—from a distinctly Anishinaabe perspective.
Barbara Croall is Odawa First Nations (Giniw dodem, Manidoo Mnissing – Canada) and balances her time composing, performing and teaching music, with work in outdoor education rooted in traditional Anishinaabeg teachings, work with aboriginal youth and singing in traditional ceremonies. She graduated from the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany (Meisterklassendiplom – Aufbaustudium) and the University of Toronto (Bachelor of Music in Composition), as well as composition and theory with Dr. Samuel Dolin, Sasha Rapaport and Arthur Levine (Glenn Gould School, Toronto). Other music composition studies include with: Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies and Robert Saxton (Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orkney), and Helmut Lachenmann (Centre Acanthes, France).