Bruno Raberg | Triloka - Music for Strings and Soloist

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Triloka - Music for Strings and Soloist

by Bruno Raberg

Bassist/composer Bruno Raberg creates a blend of classical, Indian World music and jazz in his compositions for strings and solists.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Triloka - Three Realms
Bruno Raberg, Mike Block & Rob Thomas
8:40 $0.99
2. Chandra Soma - Bass Intro
Bruno Raberg
4:56 $0.99
3. Chandra Soma
Bruno Raberg, Mike Block & Rob Thomas
10:18 $0.99
4. Wave Play (Vågspel)
Bruno Raberg, Vicente Espi & Alliz Espi
2:12 $0.99
5. Sojourn for Strings
Bruno Raberg, Layth Sidiq & Naseem Alatrash
7:01 $0.99
6. Trilogy for Strings, Pt. 1: The Clearing
Bruno Raberg, Layth Sidiq & Daniel Lay
2:54 $0.99
7. Trilogy for Strings, Pt. 2: The Departure
Bruno Raberg, Layth Sidiq, Carlos Felipe Silva & Naseem Alatrash
4:16 $0.99
8. Trilogy for Strings, Pt. 3: The Meeting
Bruno Raberg, Carlos Felipe Silva & Daniel Lay
3:36 $0.99
9. August Hymnal
Bruno Raberg, Layth Sidiq & Naseem Alatrash
4:01 $0.99
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Album Notes

The title “Triloka – Three Realms” refers to the trifold form of the piece. The word Triloka, or trailokya, is found in Hindu and Buddhist texts and refers to three spheres or three worlds. This piece has rhythmic structures from traditional Carnatic (S. Indian) music that are called Mora and Korvai. The “three worlds” could also describe the influences on this recording, which are S. Indian music, jazz improvisation, and the Swedish influenced melodies most prevalent in “August Hymnal”.

The improvised bass introduction to Chandra Soma is my version of the traditional Alap or Alapana used in traditional Indian music. It is a rubato exploration of the melodic properties of the Raga. I am in no way attempting to play a traditional Alap here but rather using the concept to introduce the melodic material used in Chandra Soma.

Chandra Soma lit. “Moon Juice” is based on the “Subhapantuvarali”mode, which is the 45th mode of the 72 modes from the 72 Melakartas, considered the “mother scales” of Carnatic music. The pitches are: D-Eb-F-Ab-A-Bb-C#. All melodies and harmonies are derived from this mode and I particularly explore the two faced aspects of the mode, one based on D as the root the other with Bb as the root. As in Triloka, I use rhythmic structures and cadences from Carnatic music.

Wave Play is a translation from the Swedish word “Vågspel” which has the double meaning “the play of ocean waves” and “risky venture”.

Sojourn literally means “temporary stay”. In this piece I start out deeply inside the diatonic “western” scale but at some point venture into microtonal transformations of the pitch, thus changing the color and mood of the piece. This becomes a venue for violinist Layth Sidiq to explore Arabic sounds in his improvisations. At the end, the piece returns to the original sound and mood.

Trilogy for Strings is all about traveling, moving on and exploring new territories.

In Autumn Hymnal I pay tribute to the end of summer, an afterthought and at the same time an anticipation of fall.

Special thanks: to Mimi Rabson who commissioned and conducted Triloka – Three Realms for the Berklee World Strings and who in some ways got this whole project started: to Eugene Friesen who commissioned Chandra Soma, also for Berklee World Strings: to all the musicians that played my music and improvised so beautifully. To Rob Jaczko for recording and mixing with such expertise and commitment.

A video of the recording of Triloka – Three Realms can be found at: (YouTube - Bruno Raberg - Triloka)



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