A highlight of our program is the world premiere of composer Milad Yousufi's "In Search of Home," a TMF commission composed for tenor, alto saxophone, violin, viola, cello, and doumbek drum. It is a setting of "The Song of the Reed," a beloved poem by Rumi.
THE SONG OF THE REED
Listen to the story of the reed
As it laments the pain of separation:
Since they have cut me from my reed bed
My wails bring tears to both woman and man
Those ripped away from their beloved
know my song
Having been cut from the source,
they long to return
In celebrations, I laugh with those laughing
And in sadness, I cry with those grieving
The divine secrets are not separate from my cries
But only those who are cooked in the fire of love will hear them
These secrets are for the heart, not for eyes or ears
It is fire, not wind that makes me sing!
If you don't have this fire, you might as well be dead
Oh, how can the uncooked
know the majesty of the fire of love?
If you meet the uncooked,
don't sing, don't preach
Instead listen to my advice:
Say goodbye and leave