The clan of the water bug perform their ecstatic ritual. Projecting taboo onto the totem, feverish dancing ensures prosperity in the coming season.

“Water Bug Totem” is a guitar quartet in A B A form using the B Aeolian mode. The A section establishes a danceable rhythm and quasi-mystical melody while the B section plays with elements of the melody eventually degenerating into delirium and finally returning to A in its entirety.

On Sunday, March 24th, at 2 p.m. at the Upper Arlington Public Library Tremont Rd, Karl Wohlwend’s student recital performance will feature “Water Bug Totem,” along with solos and duets from Karl’s students (including myself)

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