Kairos Collective | Pîrî Reis
Pîrî Reis, my debut 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 İstanbul. 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 album 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 the album artwork, happen to not only relate to the exploration aspect of how I see composition, but also to my profession as a survey geologist.
Michiel van der Meulen
Bunnik, November 2016
Tracks / total playing time 39:09
- Şehnaz yürük semâî
- Kürdî saz semâî / Zaman yolcusu
- Dügah saz semâî
- Nev-Eser peşrev / Muhabbet
- Nihâvend saz semâî / To Laiko
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.
TouMilou Records #1 / EAN 8714835119579
© 2016 M.J. van der Meulen/TouMilou
- Jo Delaheye, Folkmagazine (March 16, 2018; in Dutch): “Lovers of relaxed oriental music will certainly enjoy this.”
- Crispijn Oomes, MixedWorldMusic.com (August 4, 2017): “Michiel van der Meulen delivered his examination workpiece, and far as I’m concerned he passed cum laude.”
- Marius Roeting, New Folk Sounds (July 14, 2017; in Dutch): “…leaving room for interpretation and even variation, resulting in a journey with a—possibly—known destination, but with sufficient surprises, marvel and discoveries.”
- Dani Heyvaert, Rootstime.be (May 1, 2017; in Dutch): “The message is simple: sit down, play the CD and experience the unbelievable power and beauty of its six long pieces.”
- Holly Moors, Moors Magazine (March 8, 2017; in Dutch): “A special project that makes your jaw drop. Bravo!”
- Jan Willem Broek, De Subjectivisten (February, 3 2017; in Dutch): “You’ll hear a cross-fertilisation of Turkish, Griek, Iraki and other oriental music, majestically and beautifully combined.”
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Album art (1000 x 1000 px jpg)