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Pîrî Reis

by Kairos Collective

Contemporary Modal Music
Genre: World: Turkish contemporary
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1. Şehnaz Yürük Semâî
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2. Kürdî Saz Semâî "Zaman Yolcusu"
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3. Anamnisi
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4. Dügâh Saz Semâî
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5. Nev-Eser Peşrev "Muhabbet"
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6. Nihâvend Saz Semâî "To Laiko"
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Album Notes
This album is the result of a hugely enjoyable, six-day hit-and-run mission to Crete, where five musicians I admire greatly recorded six of the modal compositions I have been writing over the last couple of years. To me, composition is a journey of exploration into the world of modal music, in which I specifically take inspiration from the beautiful makam music of Istanbul. Makam music drew from, and could perhaps be considered the pinnacle of, the many modal traditions that existed in the vast Ottoman empire. The title of this CD combines these elements: Pîrî Reis (‘Captain Piri’, 1465? – 1553) was a legendary Ottoman admiral and cartographer. His extraordinary maps, one of which was used for this CD’s artwork, happen to not only relate to the exploration aspect of how I see composition, but also to my profession as a survey geologist.
I thank the musicians for playing the pieces so beautifully: out of their hands, the music magically appeared as it sounds in my head. Thanks are also due to my teacher Ross Daly. His modal composition seminars are among my most intense learning experiences, while being mystifyingly relaxed at the same time. The suggestion to record the music in Crete, with Greek musicians, was made by Kelly Thoma, to whom I am very grateful too. This music, including the people associated with it, has enriched my life. I hope that you enjoy my interpretation and understanding of it.
Michiel van der Meulen
Bunnik, November 2016

Harris Lambrakis - ney
Giorgos Papaioannou - violin
Manolis Kanakakis - kanun
Yorgos Mavromanolakis - oud
Marijia Katsouna - percussion

Michiel van der Meulen

Vangelis Apostolou - Studio Vasmaris
Heraklion, Greece, 13-16 November 2016

Pîrî Reis – Scores
12 pp, ISBN 978-90-826384-0-0



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