To broaden my musical boundaries – and to realize the meaning of my name, “Boundless” – I have been playing several new instruments, e.g., Balinese Gamelan, Arab Nay, Ud, and tabla. These two pieces are named “Bridge,” in an attempt to bridge between two “seemingly” different worlds of sound:
Multi-cultural Music Series 1:
“Bridge I” is composed for Nay solo, middle Eastern flute, with a deep care of its own tone color, virtuosic techniques, idiomatic phrases from traditional Arab music approach and new compositional freedom. It has 3 parts: fast and festive, slow and lyrical, and concluding section.
Bridge II for Nay and Flute
“East and West come together, in the spirit of harmony, as she blends eastern spiritual longings with Western painting techniques” – Salma Aratsu’s exhibition at UCSB Multicultural Center, Fall 2015.
Inspired by Salam Aratsu’s paintings, Bridge II (2016) is an attempt to explore the possibility of “between,” where the two different words meet each other: not here, not there, but somewhere in between. Not this one, not that one, but something in between.
Coming from totally different two worlds, nay from Arab music and flute from Western European music seek to reach each other, despite the difference of tuning, timbre and limits that the instruments have, while preserving each instrument’s own beauty and characters.
* 2016 Corwin Music Award