Európe - Contemporary Modal Music This album is a homage to a continent and three of its inhabitants. To Europe because it is such a great place, where travelling a thousand kilometres in any direction will bring you into another world. Where West and East meet and blend and beautiful things happen. To my father Albert van der Meulen (1940), who thoroughly infused me with music from the Balkans, the closest he could get in Europe to his own oriental roots. To ethnomusicologist and musician Wouter Swets (1930-2016), who introduced music from the Balkans and the Middle East to Dutch audiences and educated two generations of musicians in these styles. To master musician and composer Ross Daly (1950), with whom I study modal composition, who showed me the modal fabric of the music I was born with but not born into, and helped me find my musical voice. Michiel van der Meulen Bunnik, March 2019 Track list (total playing time 55:18)   1. Hebros (Έβρος) / Hüseynî Karşılama   2. Diaspora (Διασπορά) / Isfahân-Kürdî Peşrev   3. Dali Znaeš Pomniš Li (Дали Знаеш Помниш Ли) / Κürdîli Hicâzkar Rumeli Şarkı   4. Nihâvend Taksim / Improvisation on the cello   5. Barbanera (Μπαρμπανέρα) / Nihâvend Evfer   6. Hüseynî Taksim / Improvisation on the oud   7. Endülüs / Hüseynî-Asîran Yürük Semâî   8. Kairos (Καιρός) / Stankina (Στάνκενα)   9. Manastırka / Levéndikos (Λεβέντικος) 10. Isfahân-Kürdî Taksim / Improvisation on the violin 11. Yol / Isfahân-Kürdî Saz Semâî 12. Trandafirul Rău Tînjeşte / Doină Kairos Collective Composition Harris Lambrakis - ney Michiel van der Meulen, except [3] (arrangement of a traditional Giorgos Papaioannou - violin song by Wouter Swets and Michiel van der Meulen), the improvis- Nikos Papaioannou - cello ations [4,6,10], and [12] (variation by Albert van der Meulen) Manolis Kanakakis - kanun Taxiarchis Georgoulis - oud Recording Marijia Katsouna - percussion Nikos Kollias - Antart Studios Michiel van der Meulen - tambura [1][8][9] Roel Sluis - voice [3] Mix and mastering Vagelis Karipis - rek [11] Vangelis Apostolou - Studio Vasmaris Production Michiel van der Meulen Supplementary material About the artwork The myth about the abduction of Europe has been depicted by many artists from the Antiquity to recent. Zeus was attracted to princess Europe, transformed himself into a bull in order to escape the atten- tion of his wife Hera, seduce Europe and abduct her to Crete. Upon arrival, Zeus made himself know to Europe, made love with her after which she had three children: Minos (the later king), Rhadamantus and Sarpedon. Valentin Serov (1865-1911) is one of the greatest Russian painters, highly regarded during his lifetime, especially for his portraits, and still very popular in Russia and beyond. His early paintings are prime examp- les of 19th-century realism. Later on he became a pioneer in Russian impressionism. Hans Erni (1909-2015), one of the foremost Swiss modern artists, was a painter, graphic artist and sculptor, who built part of his considerable oeuvre and reputation with eye- chatching commissions (e.g. murals, postal stamps, and olympic medals) from governmental and non-govern- mental organisations. Serov’s and Erni’s depictions of the myth of Europe are my two favourites, which is why I used them for the art- work of the album and score book, respectively. I thank the Erni family for the permission they granted me to use Hans Erni’s work. ~MJvdM The recording sessions
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©2019 M.J. van der Meulen
Valentin Serov, The Abduction of Europe (1910)
Hans Erni, Europe (1953)
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