US violinist Michael Jinsoo Lim performs ‘Hertabuise’ by US violist–composer Melia Watras, a work for violin and narrator, setting a poem by US poet Herbert Woodward Martin who performs as the narrator.

‘Hertabuise is part of my continued work with poet and friend Herbert Woodward Martin,’ wrote Watras. ‘I asked Herb if he was interested in a new collaboration, this time with him reading to a single violin, played by Michael Jinsoo Lim. Among the writings he sent, he highlighted Hertabuise. The African, which deeply moved me. In the end, I decided on two versions for Hertabuise: one with Herb’s exquisite words and one for violin alone’

Melia Watras’s album Play/Write is released worldwide on 23 February.

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