Ink Sticks & Stones, real name Ai Rei Dooh-Tousignant, is a Toronto, Canada-based neoclassical composer who I’ve become quite a fan of since discovering her music for the blog around this time last year. Her new track speaks of the first moments of recovery from trauma. It’s called Les derniers vestiges.
By Graeme Smith
Ai Rei plays the emotion perfectly in this piece. It opens with melancholic piano and cello but within the first minute there are traces of hope sprinkled in. The piano melody has light sequences and the cello, improvised by Samuel Bisson, soars. Samuel also worked on Ai Rei’s last EP Vaste and it’s clear the two have musical chemistry.
Les derniers vestiges is taken from Ai Rei’s EP Après la tombée du ciel, which will be an audio-visual story of how she has healed from a brain injury she suffered in 2019, and from which she is still recovering. The EP is out today and you can listen to the track below.