Albors Pascal Askari has composed a piece of music to accompany the poem I wrote for the victims of the Japan Tsunami.
Personally, I think it is stunning. To me, it is reminiscent of Michael Nyman with a bit of Erik Satie thrown in for good measure. You might even say there’s a teeny bit of Penguin Cafe Orchestra in there too.
It’s very evocative and melancholy.
The piece is called Onagawa, (after the nuclear power plant), and you can listen to it here on Soundcloud.
If it tickles your fancy you might want to listen to the rest of his ‘work-in-progress’ album here.
Albors hails from Vienna, Austria and comes across as a very humble man so it would be good if you could ‘Share’ his work, or ‘like’ it if you have the time. And maybe, when the album is released, (he mentioned October time), you might even buy a copy. I know I will.
As some of you may recall, the poem was the catalyst for the Japan Art Auction which went on to raise just over £5k for the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal.
Here is the poem in a couple of guises. (Just click on them if you want to enlarge them or scroll down to read it on the post.)
A poem for Japan
by David Milligan-Croft
The world cracked
And up you rose
From the Ring of Fire
On a day when the gods were too busy.
You rode ashore,
Like 40,000 apocalyptic horsemen,
Not pausing for houses, for cars,
For people, for breath.
Dragging their kicks and screams
Through concrete and timber and twisted steel,
Like cherry blossom twigs.
Until they were silent.
And the world was silent.
Then you slithered away
On the belly of the night,
Lapping the shore whilst
Licking your greedy fingers.
And after you are satiated,
And we have un-buried our dead,
We will climb up out of the mud,
And the sun will rise again.