Folium was originally commissioned by Luisa Sello for viola and audience featuring Michael Hall. The piece quickly emerged into three iterations: Folium – prime, Folium – squared for flute and cello and Folium – cubed for soprano sax. All three pieces in series were inspired by a poem by Luisa Sello. We both share a love for poetry and music. “Let Clover be Aid” is Luisa’s only poem in English.
While each piece can be performed separately, all three pieces in the series reflect a similar concept. The inspiration for the pieces is derived from a clover leaf, to include both the biological form as well as the geometrical equation representing the “infinite.”
Folium – prime: 6 minutes with video prompts, (to add text reading + 3 minutes), premiered in February 2015 by Michael Hall.
Folium – squared: 4 minutes, premiered in March 2015 by Luisa Sello and Alvin Wong. Performed below by Zendra White and Paul Christopher (2020).
Folium – cubed: 5 minutes, premiered June 2015 by Zach Shemon.
Folium – four: 6 minutes, premiered January 2016 for Luisa Sello and string orchestra.
Any of parts of the series can be re-orchestrated for any instrument.