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 reed flute and the tale it tells
How it sings of separation:
Ever since I was cut off from my bed of reeds
Men and women have joined in my lament
I keep seeking other hearts, torn by separation,
To share my tale of painful longing
Everyone cut at the same root
Longing for the time they were joined
Fire, not wind makes this flute sing
If you don't have this fire, don't play.