Desde las cenizas (From the ashes) is a song cycle for mezzo-soprano and piano based on the art and poetry of Steve Clark. I composed this work after seeing Steve's exhibit The Girl is Blue and Refuses to Sing, a collection of paintings that embeds fragments of his verse in each canvas. Equally as stunning as the paintings, Desde las cenizas was the perfect poetry to set for a song cycle.

Filled with dark, morose tones, I was drawn to Steve Clark's poetry for its inherent musicality."

Cristina Spinei