05. March 2010

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

Schwere der Nacht tyn salmagy

KORKYT (Traditional)
Raushan Orazbaeva, Tokzhan Karatai (kyl-kobyz)

for violoncello und CD playback
Michael Moser (cello)

Michael Moser (cello); Bernhard Zachhuber (clarinet); Krassimir Sterev (accordíon); Berndt Thurner (drums); Raushan Orazbaeva, Tokzhan Karatai (kyl-kobyz); Sylvie Lacroix (flute); Jamilia Jazylbekova (voice); Simeon Pironkoff (conductor)

Music that came into being during nights and days in Krems is opening the search for light 2010 at Imago Dei. Music, composed between the moon and the sun, between the river Danube and vineyards, in the heaviness of the night, in the brightness of the day. Music by the Kazakh composer Jamilia Jazylbekova—three years ago Artist in Residence in Krems, now again present with her compositions wrested from and rooted in life. Not music that strives after an artistic ideal, not perfect art, but music extracted from the centre of being, part of it and filled with its noises. Filled with the murmurs of life and water, people’s breaths and the wind, the sounds between midday and midnight. On the one hand a cycle, like the patterns of the hand-made carpet in Jazylbekova’s home country; on the other hand unpredictable in its behaviour and slightly asymmetric—again, just like these patterns. In between beautiful clear sounds pouring over all irregularities: “aikyon”, music of the moon (“ai” in the Kazakh language) and the sun (“kyn”) for cello and tape. The cellist’s music opposes the music from the tape, but both complement each other in a symbiosis. “Aikyon” is also a word of love: “You are everything to me: the sun, the moon, the universe.” Then music in remembrance of the Kazakh shaman and philosopher Korkit, played by Raushan Orazbaeva and her daughter Tokzjan Karatai on Korkit’s ancient Kazakh string instrument “kobyz” with strings of horse hair and with sounds to banish bad spirits, disease and death. In the “Heaviness of the night” (“tyn salmagy”), a work commissioned by Imago Dei, the transition from dreaming to waking takes place, or—as Jazylbekova puts it—from one dream into another. Life is full of transitions; for each of them the Kazakh culture holds a period of 40 days: the period after birth, after marriage, the period of mourning for a deceased person. 40 days is also the period from the resurrection to the apparition of the Holy Ghost. “Tyn salmagy”—a cradle song at the transition from East to West, “as if in a clear night the moon wandered, as if the murmuring of the grasses was whispering to me” (Jazylbekova).

© Imago Dei

© Imago Dei