March 21, 2013
On March 19, the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a young Arab-American composer was wrestling a problem of his own making in Kansas -- how to record two wind ensembles simultaneously playing "One Nation Under Two Flags."
The cacophonous movement represents the clash of American states, red and blue, in Mohammed Fairouz's "In the Shadow of No Towers," his fourth symphony. Inspired by Art Spiegelman's graphic novel of the same name, the piece gives sound to the charged aftermath of 9/11. More.