On Uneven Sky, Yo-Yo Ma joins Kinan Azmeh in The Fence, the Rooftop and the Distant Sea. Commissioned by Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie and premiered there in January 2017, Kinan wrote the duo for Yo-Yo on cello and himself on clarinet.

“A fence, a rooftop, and the distant sea were all present facing my desk while I finished the piece in Beirut in December 2016,” says Kinan Azmeh. “These elements were a reminder of how near my hometown of Damascus was, yet how far it seemed after being away for five years. The piece is about the random memories of individuals, more precisely about two characters searching for memories from home. The memories jump, sometimes abruptly from one to another, until they realize that the most powerful memories were the simplest.”