RENESANS is my first work for wind ensemble. Knowing that the piece would premiere in my native country Haiti on the ninth anniversary of the devastating earthquake that took place on January 12, 2010, I wanted to write a work that was reflective and at the same time uplifting. Tragedies, misfortunes and loss often force us to re-examine everything, and they also give us an opportunity to start over, creating an exciting blank page for the future. In RENESANS, I imagine the strength and courage we gain after going through a dark time. The word “renesans” is Haitian Creole for “rebirth”, which is something that we all go through in different ways throughout our lives.