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Kairos Collective | Erato


While the world we live in seems to have run out of virgin territory, I am lucky and perhaps escapist enough to enjoy access to worlds that still need discoverers: the lost worlds I visit as a geologist and music, which I consider a world entirely of its own.

This album, my third, is dedicated to the source of music, which idea was triggered by a thought-provoking seminar given by my composition teacher Ross Daly entitled ‘Where does this music come from?’ This may sound like an esoteric question, but if you compose it is also a rather practical one – music seems to originate from your mind, and with the right skills and mindset you can make it come out. But how did it get inside your head in the first place? Why does it come out the way it does? How do you decide that a piece is finished? Why does it sometimes feel like pieces are writing themselves and that you are merely there to assist? Neuroscience, sociology, geography and history may bring us some clues, but I prefer to think that these questions have no meaningful, complete answers and rather keep marvelling about them.

Michiel van der Meulen
Bunnik, June 2021

Project information

Album concept

Erato will feature a broader range of sounds than my previous albums. Like before, Kairos Collective performs the more orchestral pieces. Other than that, there will be a piece for solo oud with percussion, a combination of violin, oud, microtonal tambura (see video for a live impression), a combination of accordion, double bass and snare drum, and a lyra duet. Check the projects page for updates.

Studio sessions

Other albums by Kairos Collective

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