A Peaceful Reminder

Uploaded by UniversityRochester on 05.03.2012

Carillons are a European instrument.
They’re commonly found in the Netherlands, just on every street corner.
Carillon music is constantly playing.
Carillons are unique in the United States because there are not that many of them.
There are only 160 in the whole country, 7 in the state of New York.
You can’t just call any set of bells a carillon. It has to meet certain criteria.
One of the basic criteria would be that it has to be a set of 23 bells in a chromatic sequence.
This instrument is set up like a piano keyboard.
Each of these pedals and batons is connected to these wires.
They pull the clapper to the side of the bell to make the sound.
[Counting and humming]
And each cable or each wire connects to a single bell.
So there are 50 bells in our carillon.
[Carillon playing]
We were first approached by the Gandhi Institute to play a piece of music
that was specific for the season of non-violence.
[Carillon playing]
When we play the bells, it kind of reminds us to be called back to practicing peace.
Peace really has to be something you practice more than just when you’re called to.
It has to be something that you’re dedicated to, something that you have to keep coming back to.
[Carillon playing]
Ed and I are playing this piece as a duet because
it’s a little bit above our level to be play as a solo.
Also Ed unfortunately has a messed up wrist.
So I have to take over the handle parts for him.
They are the chords he can’t play because he doesn’t have two hands.
So we really have to work well together to make this piece work.
It takes more than one person to achieve peace, so by playing this piece as a duet,
I’m from Singapore, so I’m from the Asian culture.
I’m from Pittsburg.
So it’s like East meets West trying to achieve peace.
And peace is also brought about by two different people
having different strengths and weaknesses coming together.
So my weakness is that I’ve lost one hand, but…Kelly is there to step in.
And my weakness is that I’m half deaf,
but Ed is the one who keeps going on the side when I can’t hear.
[Carillon playing]
I can’t hear out of my left ear…So he really just has to follow along with me
and be my ears for me and just hear the carillon better than I can.
[Carillon playing]
If you’re playing any other instrument people have to come and listen to you play.
But this is an instrument that people all over campus can hear.
It gives me great honor and it also gives me a chance to give back to the U of R community.
To be able to provide music for the campus and also for the Rochester community in general.
[Carillon playing]