Commissioned by Kymi Sinfonietta
The Ring of Fire is a volcanic belt that surrounds the Pacific Ocean and in which most of the world’s
earthquakes occur. It is also the term referring to the bright ring of sunlight around the moon at the height
of a solar eclipse, when the moon covers only the central part of the sun. Yet, the same expression is also
used to describe what a woman feels when, as she gives birth, the baby’s head passes through her pelvis.
That moment is the most dangerous in the baby’s life, its little skull being subjected to enormous pressure,
preparing it for life in a way unlike any other. The Ring of Fire and Love is a work for orchestra about this
earth-shattering, creative, cataclysmic moment they travel through together.