Favor from the Wind by Janet Noguera
"Cerré los ojos y le pedí un favor al viento: Llévate todo lo que no sea necesario. Estoy cansada de equipajes pesados que no me dejan avanzar. De ahora en adelante solo quiero llevar lo que quepa en mi bolsillo y en mi corazón.” When life hits us in the most challenging way, with something we can’t wrap our heads around, something out of our control, a harsh reality, a painful truth, when we have tried it all, when a miracle is our only option, when we are tired of heavy luggage that is stooping is from moving on… sit around for a moment and let the wind take away everything that is not necessary, and take only what fits in your pocket and in your heart. Website: http://www.janetnoguera.com FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/noguerajanet Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/janet.noguera/
Endless Journey by Janet Noguera -performed by UCSC Guitar Ensemble
May 7, Spring of 2016. Endless Journey is an ensemble piece I wrote for 5 guitars and bass. The first section introduces an atmosphere of ambiguity on a i-bII progression. It contains an ostinato that depicts an "Endless Journey." This pattern gets repeated over and over and comes back throughout the piece in different keys. Main section is in 7/8 and introduces some of the main motives that come throughout the piece in other meters. It has folk-like rhythms. The F section comes from a sudden chromatic mediant modulation of Ab major to E major. The G section is quite different and it contains a polyrhythm between two guitar parts, one playing 16th note triplets while the other one playing just straight 16th notes in 4/4. After this, it modulates back to Gm and comes back to the main theme and ends on the main ostinato pattern in 7/8 in Cm. Little by little, it fades away kind of simulating that an "Endless Journey".... Melodies and percussive beats are often interchanged among the guitar parts. Some are broken up as to create hocket. Anyway...here it is.