Calli was composed for the Calliope Duo as part of
a set of miniatures commissioned for the Diaspora Festival at the University
of California, San Diego. The title is reminiscent of the two-syllable titles used by
Italian composer Franco Donatoni. It is also the first five letters of the word "Calliope"; the
beginning (mis-spelled) of "California," where I met the members of the Calliope Duo; and
an alternate spelling of the name of the goddess Kali. The unspoken text of the work is
"Om Kali Ma! Jai Kali Ma!"