録音・録画会 in Summer 2023
Opening movement does not have a limitation in where it draws its inspiration. It represents a free sense of the world, without borders.
Traditional music of Africa possesses highly complex contrasting rhythmic patterns. It is said that the dealing of the tension between the contrasting rhythms is in a way revealing how the African people celebrate and makes sense of the constant conflict and tension in life.
This movement is based on a pattern that is commonly heard in many regions of West Africa. The foundation of the pattern is a 4-to-6 polyrhythm where half of the 6-beat part is syncopated. The 4-beat “organizing pattern” which is accented by the players’ tapping feet remains constant while variations are introduced to contrasting patterns in an improvisational manner. Melodies that enter in the second half of the movements are inspired by the melodies sung or played on traditional African instruments, which are often short repetitive phrases that use 5-note scales.
This movement is based on a traditional Japanese scale called “In” or “Miyako-bushi” scale. Texture of the movement is inspired by instruments such as Shakuhachi and Koto as well as the human voice.
Many unique elements of Middle Eastern music are showcased in this movement. The opening is a short example of unmetered, improvisatory introduction. The scale used in this movement is one of the hundreds of “maqams” called Hijaz. The fast section utilizes an irregular time meter. (7/8, 2+2+3) All of these elements are commonly heard throughout many different regions of the Middle East.
This movement draws inspiration from the sound of Balkan and Gypsy bands. Both the familiar, exciting accompaniment pattern and the use of raised scale degree 4 are heard all over Eastern Europe. Improvisatory nature of the traditional music is apparent in this movement as well.