SONG OF UNKTEHI
The word Unktehi is derived from a legend of the Dakota and Lakota Sioux Native American tribes. According to the mythology, Unktehi — god of waters and evil — was a great horned serpent that lived below the waters of St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis. After living in this area five years, I wanted to compose a work in which I would try to capture the spirit of the falls, assigning the serpent character to bass clarinet. Song of Unktehi was commissioned by, and written for, clarinetist Sarah Porwoll-Lee.
Song of Unktehi (Pat O'Keefe, bass clarinet; Heather Barringer, marimba)