for large chamber ensemble, premiered by KammarenesembleN, Stockholm, during the Stockholm New Music Festival and commissioned by KammarensembleN with support of the Swedish Art Council.
A thorn expands to a rose
Concerto for six voices, Ensemble Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgard
The title of the piece is taken from a quote by the Sufi mystic and poet Jalaluddin Rumi:
“Brother stand the pain; Escape the poison of your impulses. The sky will bow to your beauty, if you do. Learn to light the candle. Rise with the sun. Turn away from the cave of your sleeping. That way a thorn expands to a rose. A particular glows with the universal.”
This notion of universal qualities contained in particular elements is contained in another image, that of a stone dropped into a pool of water, creating ripples which expand to an infinite circle. Is the reverse possible? Given an infinite circle, can we reconstruct the stone? Which of the two is the fulfillment of the other? In this piece I try to examine the snatches of perfection which appear in the most fleeting way, at the absolute periphery of our hearing and vision, in the gray area between perception and illusion.
Ravishi Nur – to my father
Juftpar is a core of philosophy of being, means two wings of being: material and spiritual, body and spirit – to create a balance or to harmonized body and spirit as a mean to be creative. Juft means pair, far means a wing.
The balance have to be free and flexible in order to be able to create, this is the main idea of the poems in prose of Attar, Rumi, Khayam and many other Tajik-Persian poets.
Caravan of Despair
Caravan of Despair for chamber ensemble and live electronics (Contralto, flute, clarinet, guitar, percussion, viola, cello)
EXPERIMENTAL STUDIO, Freiburg, Germany, May 2011
The piece sets simultaneous streams of sound into motion, with the subtle transformations of timbre and gesture. In certain moments, these sound streams are continuing independently. In other moments, they share the same space, create a sort of collision. These collisions create an evolution through awareness.
Caravan of Despair is inspired by the poetry of Tajik-Persian poet Jalaliddin Rumi:
“Come, Come Whoever you are
Wanderer, Idolator, Worshipper of Fire
Come, even though you have broken your vows a thousand times
Come and Come yet again
Ours is not a Caravan of Despair.”