Three Icaros


for solo violin and delay pedal (2019)


Performance by Roger Zahab at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, on 11 February 2011.


solo violin and delay pedal

Program Notes

This piece for solo violin and digital delay is inspired by three traditional South American icaros (a Quechua term for songs used in shamanic healing ceremonies), as performed by Guillermo Arevalo from recordings appearing in Jan Kounen’s 2004 film D’autres mondes.  It is approximately 7 minutes in length, and requires the use of a tap delay pedal triggered by the performer.


Frederick Rawski is a composer of concert and electronic music based in Kyoto, Japan. His work draws upon contemporary classical, electro-acoustic and traditional musical forms from around the world. He studied composition with John Fitz Rogers, Roger Zahab and John Malia at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and trained as a classical guitarist with Timothy Olbrych at the College of William & Mary. He once set a poem by Nezahualcoyotl to country music and sang it on a rooftop in Morocco. His day job is working as an international human rights lawyer. Links to audio and video recordings can be found at:

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