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"'Isn't there a chance they might find her one day? They found those other two . . .' Nuto was sitting on a low wall and watching me with his stubborn eyes. He shook his head. 'No, not Santa,' he said. 'They won't find her. You can't cover a woman like that with dirt and just leave her. Too many men still drooled at the thought of her. Baracca took care. He had us cut all the dry branches we could find in the vineyard and cover her over. Then we poured gasoline on her and lit it. By noon it was all ash. The mark was still there last year, like the bed of a bonfire.'" - Cesare Pavese, the Moon and the Bonfires
"white as ash" is the first movement of a large-scale solo piano work for Jana Luksts. This movement was rehearsed diligently by Jana over the past year - her rendering of the complex notation and layering is impeccable.
Written for the Zodiac Festival Academy in Valdeblore, Provence, and premiered in L'eglise Saint Jacques le Majeur (Valdeblore, FR) in July, 2014, by Jana Luksts (piano), Tyler James (violoncello), and Lucinda Chiu (violin).