Iris is the youth winner of Zeitgeist's 25th annual Eric Stokes Song Contest. Named in memory of late composer Eric Stokes, the contest is designed to encourage and celebrate amateur composers throughout the Twin Cities. Iris will perform her winning composition, Nirvana (for solo piano), at Zeitgeist's annual Playing it Close to Home concert, March 6-8 at Studio Z.
Iris explains her winning piece, Nirvana:
"It wasn’t the kind of peace that came with material pursuits. It was peace in a new form, peace as you’d never seen it before, peace transcending money, happiness, and life itself. The peace blinded you with white, the little plane of existence on which you lived blank, waiting, ready for a new world to spring from the old world’s ashes. You forgot everything unimportant in that moment, the memories rushing out of your still body, lifeless yet so full of lively energy. Only the most profound whispers from your past remained, agreeing to stay until it was time to say goodbye. As you lay there, barely aware of your body and the cold, smooth surface beneath you, you let go. Finally let go, of the sentimental things in your old life, the hopes for your new one. You could feel yourself leaving the floor, floating, hovering above the ground, whooshing through the air, going to a new place beyond death, but you didn’t care anymore."
Playing it Close to Home
Studio Z: 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200, St. Paul
$15 / $10 students & seniors
With winning songs from the 25th annual Eric Stokes Song Contest plus music by local composer Randy Bauer, Zeitgeist’s Playing it Close to Home concert celebrates the wealth of musical creativity found right here in our own backyard. The program includes music by Eric Stokes Song Contest winners Katie Condon, Kirsten Hanninen, Samuel William Novak and Iris Hu, plus the world premiere of Holding Patterns, a new multi-movement work composed for Zeitgeist by Randy Bauer.