Roman Bunka (romanbunka.de/) and I met in 2008 in Beirut, Lebanon, during the "Al Bustan" festival.
We took part in a very special "shaman music" concert, a project of another friend, Hubl Greiner (hubl.com/en/projects/stepanida.html).
It's fair to say that the concert brought the house down, I am still to this day grateful for having had the chance to be a part of it (even if half my video gear was missing, lost somewhere between Montreal, Amsterdam, Milan and Beirut).
SInce then, I have done more work with Hubl Greiner (Inemuri: vimeo.com/55321526) but wanted to do something with Roman. So I asked him for music along the lines of an "oud-solo chaconne," and this is the piece he sent me.
As I started making images for it, its own structure quickly imposed itself on the process, naturally.
Here's more info about "taksim" (and "maqam"): taqsīm , ( Arabic: “division”) also spelled taqasīm or taksim, one of the principal instrumental genres of Arabic and Turkish classical music. A taqsīm is ordinarily improvised and consists of several sections; it is usually (though not always) nonmetric. A taqsīm may be a movement of a suite, such as the North African nauba or the Turkish fasil, but taqsīms may also be performed alone or as introductory pieces to vocal performances. Performance of a taqsīm may take anywhere from 1 to 15 minutes. A taqsīm is cast in one principal maqām, or mode, but, usually in the course of its performance and once the main maqām has been thoroughly established and explored, the improvising musician modulates for brief periods to other maqāmāt and returns at the end to the original mode. Although any melodic instrument can be used to perform taqsīm, those most often used in Arabic music are the ʿūd (short-necked lute), buzuq (long-necked lute), and qānūn (plucked dulcimer) and in Turkish music, the ney (end-blown flute).
Festival ready (.mov, h.264, Apple ProRes 422 HQ)
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