Woven Weapons (WW), inspired by ancient knitting patterns and epigenetics
One of my newest projects – Woven Weapons – premiered on the 7th of September, 2021 in on the Emajõgi River in Tartu, Estonia
A link to the radio broadcast from that day:
Maria Faust – alto saxophone
Indrek Vau – trumpet
Andres Kontus – trombone
Liudas Mockunas – bass saxophone
Peter Bruun – percussion
A bit more about Woven Weapons:
As a composer, Maria Faust loves to tell stories that use contrasts and paradoxes from her own life, employing these as tools for creating music. WW gets its tools from epigenetics as well as knitting patterns, both using repetitive patterns.
Traditional Estonian folk costumes were worn as everyday clothes until as recently as the last century. The patterns on the clothes functioned as a language – communicating and telling stories between generations – and contained variations of symbols of protection. The only part of the traditional clothes that didn’t change over the centuries were the knitting patterns used for gloves – like a powerful shield to protect one’s family members.
Epigenetics is the study of heritable changes to DNA that do not involve alterations in DNA sequences. Simply said, heritable traumas are passed on from parent to child – for example, slavery, starvation, wars, and violence… also alcoholism and depression. In my mind, DNA tells the stories and carries symbols of protection in the same way knitting patterns do. The paradox is that something that protects you can also kill you.