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Published on Jun 19, 2012
"Before and After the Tekke" was presented in the Here and Now Series at one of New York's most unique music venues—a floating barge with the backdrop of the East River and lower Manhattan skyline—as part of Journaling (part five), "a series of performances in which Dufallo documents his own work with extraordinary living composers while tracking various paths in twenty-first century music." Also on the program were compositions by Kinan Azmeh, Paul Brantley, Jacob TV, Patrick Derivaz, Tim Hodgkinson, and Dufallo.
From the composer: "Before and After the Tekke" is inspired by Mesa Selimovic's book about an 18th century dervish in Bosnia, my visit to an 18th century Tekke—dervish monastery—in Herzegovina at the karstic Buna river spring, Bosnian Christian Orthodox and Islamic music idioms, and the sounds of New York City. The piece features tuning of my design woven with tempered intonation. Strangely, if you travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina you won't find this music. It is dreamed up from sounds that I have once known but since forgotten.
Cornelius Dufallo, amplified violin
Soundtrack Svjetlana Bukvich, electronics & voice Tony Levin, electric bass