Basant Mukhari (Adorned With Pearl)
About this work:
Adorned With Pearl is based on morning raga Basant Mukhari. Back in 1997, it was a thrill for me to have Ray Manzarek on electronic keyboard, accompanied by Souhail Kaspar (considered the finest Arabic percussionist living in the USA) on frame drum, perform this piece at the House of Blues on Sunset. Ray was kind enough to announce me as the composer before beginning. The shahnai timbre used on Adorned With Pearl is the closest sound to my past as a saxophone improvisor. For that reason, I feel a special affinity for the instrument, and have surrounded it with a wide range of wood, skin and metal percussion voices. All the music on this recording was composed in 1996, except for Trance In Bamboo, which was written in 1995.
- Michael Robinson, July 1999, Beverly Hills
© 1999 by Michael Robinson All rights reserved
Year composed: 1996
Ensemble type: Electronic Instruments and Sound Sources:Live Electronic Sound Sources
Instrumentation: ,1 Computer/Laptop soloist(s), ,1 Sampler (Keyboard/Other) soloist(s)
Instrumentation notes: A computer and sound module are programmed to perform the fully notated composition in real time. Adorned With Pearl (Basant Mukhari) is voiced with samples of the following acoustical timbres using Indian tunings: shahnai, tabla, kora, female voice, Balinese, Chinese & Japanese percussion and tanpura.