From Marco Sebastiano Alessi: "Ella, the youngest daughter of SityPhoxx has been studying poetry in her English class at High School. For an assignment she had to write 5 poems in different forms. One of them was a Haiku. She knew of the Haiku musical challenge as she often comes up with titles for the music that SityPhoxx writes. She asked if the group would be interested in reading her first Haiku. The topic is very close to her heart."
I can relate to her feelings. At her age I was contemplating the possibility that I would be forced to be given a gun and sent to the other side of the world to fight in someone else's war. Although I was able to avoid that fate, that feeling of helplessness is still felt to a small degree nearly fifty years later.
That said, there is a real possibility of hope, and working to right wrongs can give one a sense of worth and direction. People in power tend to count on the complacency of an uncaring public, so working against that can be the key to real change.
I wanted to offer that sense of optimism in this piece.
Beyond the Smoke Is Light was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Gong, Vibraphone, Chorus, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.