As this piece relies heavily on sound-based improvisations, unpredictable harmonies, and odd metrical patterns, I attempted to build a new format for the qanun that I see as space for myself to break free from the traditional mold of qanun performance.
As part of an experimental framework, this work aimed to expand qanun’s potentialities while opening up compositional possibilities that arise from its use in a broader range of improvisational techniques. In this approach, I attempted to deviate from the stagnant, monotonous foundations of classical context. It also integrates elements of harmonic sounds along with repetitive sound patterns to elicit an "atmospheric" quality that seeks to invoke a sense of wonder, curiosity, observation, and longing in relation to the theme of exile and re-exile. It also combines the use of maqam (modes) with rhythmic textures, including the ambience and the vocal element.
Working on this composition shows how experimenting with extended techniques opens up a new dimension of interaction with the ensemble and develops a deeper understanding of the qanun and its manipulability.