Racines tordues

Annie Mahtani

Racines tordues

  • Annie Mahtani
  • Year of composition: 2019
  • Duration: 12:48
  • Instrumentation: ambisonic fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T9314917083

To my sister Ellie

“Embrace sorrowful thoughts for they sweep the house of your heart clean, scatter the withered leaves, and pull out the twisted roots, preparing the ground for new shoots of joy.
What sorrow takes away from the heart it replaces with something better.”

— From the poem This body is a guesthouse, Rumi

It is often not until life sends us through the darkest and most difficult of times that we are able to really appreciate all that we have, and come out of the other side blooming. This piece is dedicated to my sister Ellie, who did just that.


Racines tordues was realized in 2019 at the Electroacoustic Music Studios of the University of Birmingham (UK) and premiered on March 7, 2019 at the concert HEARO Diffusion in the Middleton Hall of the University of Hull (Kingston upon Hull, UK). Thanks to Ricardo Santos Rocha for his beautiful music box.


  • March 7, 2019, HEARO Diffusion, Middleton Hall — University of Hull, Hull (England, UK)