Art by Jerry Bedor Philips

When I began writing Chiyogami Suite, I was struggling to find inspiration. As a vocalist and a composer of many vocal pieces, I was used to having a text to work with. Inspiration finally did come, but not through text. This time, I found inspiration through the works of art of a friend of mine, Jerry Philips. Each movement of the suite is based on one of his pieces by the same title. The term “chiyogami” is used to describe a type of brightly colored, decorative Japanese paper.