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This is a very interesting piece and the main theme was wholly composed on an mbira (Zimbabwean thumb piano). When in India, I had no instrument to compose on melodically except my mbira. After some time playing with it, a small theme arose which I developed into this tune. The whole pulse shifting aspect in the middle is based on the Carnatic form of “Pallavi” singing where a simple theme is rendered in 3(sometimes 4) different speeds while the initial pulse stays the same. In this case, the quarter note pulse remains constant while the flute plays in 1/2 time and the vibraphone in 1/3 time. After 3 repetitions the flute plays in the normal speed while the vibes go double time. And the korvai at the end is a “standard” of sorts which I attached notes to.

As for the title, I had images of moving clouds projecting moving shadows upon the ground….that is what the music made me think of anyhow.

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from The Offering of Curtis Andrews, released December 18, 2008
Curtis Andrews: mrdangam, chimes, glockenspiel
Rozalind MacPhail: flute
Rob Power: vibraphone

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