trace of hope (variations) (2019)
after Esperanza Spalding and Lauryn Hill
“trace of hope (variations)” is based on a beloved performance by Esperanza Spalding, of "Tell Him" by Lauryn Hill. The piece is so titled because I followed (traced) the song closely, and because the Spanish name "Esperanza" connotes "hope".
Indeed Esperanza’s music and music-making have long given me hope and inspiration even in times when very little else does, including times like these. There is such effortless enthusiasm in everything she makes, and in tracing her path through a song I feel I’ve picked some up for myself too.