INTO THE GREEN is a tour de force solo album of works by a variety of composers for clarinet with electronics and clarinet alone. From its soothing and “earthy” natural acoustics to a seeming amalgamation with computer-generated sound, we hear the full range of the clarinet’s capabilities. From rhapsodic lyricism to the technically virtuosic, Wesley Ferreira takes the listener on a journey of juxtapositions through music that leans heavily on folk and world music influences.
As an album developed and recorded during 2020, quite appropriately, pieces which evoke nature and isolated solitude contrast with the wildly bombastic. We hear the past, a world of innocence, once vibrant and colorful, contrasting with a turbulent yet exciting future where technology permeates life and sound.
The album’s message is one of hope for a more harmonious future, where lessons learned during an unprecedented global pandemic are carried forward:
We must never lose sight of what it means to be a human being of healthy mind and body.
We must strive to live in better harmony with one another and with nature.
It is Ferreira’s hope that we “appreciate and celebrate our differences” and venture “into the green” to ensure a viable future on a healthy planet earth.