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Loi Krathong Celebrations (Benjasiri Park, Bangkok, Thailand 2013).
Photo: Andrea Reinkemeyer (All rights reserved).

นำ้ใจ NaamJai (Liquid Heart)
for Orchestra (2015)
Andrea Reinkemeyer (Sherwood, Oregon - 2015)
Commissioned by Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra.
Made possible by the generous funding of the A.W. Mellon Foundation

Instrumentation:

Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in B-flat, 2 Bassoons
4 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets in C, 2 Tenor Trombones, 1 Bass Trombone, Tuba
Timpani, 2 Percussion*, Harp, Strings
* Percussion 1: Chimes, Large Bass Drum, Small Triangle
* Percussion 2: Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Tambourine, Large Triangle, Suspended Cymbal

Performance Materials Will Be Available Soon:

Program Notes:
Download a PDF of the Program Notes and Andrea's Bio

NaamJai (Liquid Heart) for Orchestra (2015) was commissioned by the Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra, and made possible by generous funding of the A.W. Mellon Foundation, for the 2015 "Migrations" American Music Festival.

Kindness flows from a "liquid heart,” which is giving, loving and open to others. We encountered this generosity of spirit often during the three years my family spent in Bangkok, Thailand. Throughout the three sections of the work, I have woven together urban and rural sounds mixed with impressions of the places we visited and the people we met. The sections are subtitled: 1. Twittering, Laughing, 2. Floating Dreams Upon the Water Under a Full Moon, and 3. Slow and Heavy, with Heat and Tension.

Our time in Thailand was bookended by two major events: the slowly rising floodwaters of 2011 and the bubbling political discontent that lead to the military coup d'état of 2013-14. In both instances, there was a long period of stressful uncertainty as these events unfolded, so that tension is also present in the work.

-- Notes by Andrea Reinkemeyer

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In the News:

"Migrations" the exodus: ASO performance draws music fest at EMPAC to a close
by Joseph Dalton (online) - May 18, 2015 - Albany Times Union
In the tone poem "NaamJai," Andrea Reinkemeyer drew inspiration from her recent three years of living in Thailand. The most boisterous and ungrounded music of the night, it started off in a bumping, rather brutalist manner. Eventually things settled into a more lyric and consonant expansiveness, highlighted by a sweet, extended quartet for the principal strings."
Review: ASO concludes festival with 'mind bending' works
by Geraldine Freedman - May 17, 2015 - The Daily Gazette
Reinkemeyer's "NaamJai" ("Liquid Heart") was highly rhythmic with dry articulations
Composers Andrea Reinkemeyer and Clint Neeham
by Alan Charlock and Joe Donahue - May 14, 2015 - WAMC Northeast Public Radio
Listen to the Radio Interview

Performances:
More Information at Instant Encore

Premiere:

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.
American Music Festival, "Migrations"
Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center (Troy, NY)
$ (More information)
PROGRAM:
Clint Needham, We Are All From Somewhere Else for Orchestra *
Michael Daugherty, Trail of Tears for Flute and Orchestra / Amy Porter, flute

INTERMISSION

Andrea Reinkemeyer, NaamJai (Liquid Heart) for Orchestra *
Derek Bermel, Migration Series for Jazz Orchestra

* World Premiere
Albany Symphony (ASO)
David Alan Miller, conductor


K displays her homemade krathong (Benjasiri Park, Bangkok, Thailand 2013).
Photo: Andrea Reinkemeyer (All rights reserved).