Zosha Di Castri's new work Hypha: Five Miniatures for Suzanne Simard, commissioned by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, will receive its world premiere December 8, 2022 at 7:30pm at Lincoln Center's Rose Studio (it will also be livestreamed).
Written for clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and digital keyboard, Hypha refers to one of the threadlike filaments forming the mycelium, an underground fungal network connecting the roots of trees. After reading forest ecologist Suzanne Simard's memoir "Finding the Mother Tree", Di Castri was struck by her radical observation that cooperation might be as central to evolution as competition. Simard’s pioneering scientific work, which revealed how these webs facilitate some form of intelligent communication between trees in forests, helped inspire the piece. Though a tree may stand tall and look strong and independent on the surface, its health is very likely made possible by the complex system of fungi and roots connecting it to neighboring trees beneath the surface. This metaphor is extended to chamber music making, where gossamer micro-gestures are shared across the movements and musicians, interwoven in a way that could suggest such networks of cooperation.
For tickets and livestream information, see here.