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"Judah Adashi listened to 'Unravel' & heard a new song inside it." -Björk, via Twitter

"Beguiling." -Alex Ross, New Yorker

"Elegant...sweetly played and beautifully recorded." -Steve Smith, Boston Globe

"An impassioned soliloquy." -Will Robin, Bandcamp

"my heart comes undone" is a meditation on patience and longing, inspired by the work of Björk (the title and musical point of departure come from her song “Unravel”) and Arvo Pärt. The score includes an epigraph by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Stephen Mitchell: “We don't accomplish our love in a single year / as the flowers do.”

The piece was conceived with three possible scorings in mind -– solo cello with loop pedal, solo cello and strings, or string quartet -– but can be performed in a variety of blended instrumental or vocal combinations, in greater numbers, and with or without amplification, effects, lighting and movement.

"my heart comes undone" was commissioned by the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, specifically by the Preparatory String Department's Pre-Conservatory Violin Program. The work is dedicated to Lavena Johanson, who premiered the cello and loop pedal version on a concert presented by the Evolution Contemporary Music Series and Classical Revolution Baltimore at The Bun Shop in April 2014.


released September 9, 2014
Cellist: Lavena Johanson
Engineer/mixer: Scott Metcalfe
Cover art: Rafaela Dreisin
Recorded July 2014 at the Peabody Institute, Baltimore, MD



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Judah Adashi & Lavena Johanson Baltimore, Maryland

Judah Adashi (composer) & Lavena Johanson (cellist)

Judah Adashi: faculty, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University; artistic director, Evolution Contemporary Music Series

Lavena Johanson: soloist and chamber musician
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