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The chamber orchestra version is a 'sketch' of the orchestral version.
The songs were part of the Carmen Project, originally commissioned by the NZSO
- He Kihi Ki To Matenga - Lullaby (to a lover)
- I Te Kori E Marama? (If you don't know how, why pretend?)
- He Pango (Black)
- He Kihi Ki To Matenga - Lullaby (to a child)
- He Aha Nga Mamae Kua Whakapatia? (What Else Does Pain Give?)
Text by Edith Sodergran, Marina Tsetayeva, Julia de Burgos, Juana de Ibarbourou, Roma Potiki, Huang O – describing profound self-knowledge and the strength this gives, a power that obliterates conventional notions of 'femininity'.
Performed in Santa Ana in 2005, in California, USA