Kaman Fantasy (2014) for violin and piano - ca. 12'
2017 Forecast Music Call for Scores, Winner
2017 Hear Now Los Angeles Festival, Selected Work
2016 ASCAP Morton Gould, Finalist
2015 Juventas New Music Ensemble Call for Scores, Winner
2015 BMI Student Composer Award, Finalist
Kaman Fantasy takes its name from ‘kamanjah,’ the Arabic word for ‘violin.’ The piece is an exploration of the Arabic ‘maqamat’ (sets of scales) and rhythms in a Western classical context. The music embraces both traditions, often swaying back and forth between Arabic and Western idioms. Since the piano itself is not found in the Arab musical canon, I decided to prepare the instrument’s middle range in an effort to mimic the sound of a common Middle Eastern instrument, the ‘qanun.’ As a first generation Arab-American, I have often found myself shifting between both cultures in the way that I think and act, sometimes voluntarily, most times not. Kaman Fantasy is a reflection on those experiences.
Premiered February 16, 2015: Basma Edrees (violin) and Ava Nazar (piano) at the Juilliard School in New York, NY
Ambra Casonato, violin; Ava Nazar, piano; Nathan Prillaman, audio engineer