for chamber orchestra (15 musicians)__18'__2010
Moondraal Moondru: The Tamil title, which can be translated to Thrice Three, refers to the formal structure of the piece; 3 times 3 types of sections:
- Three trios, which explore melodies and ornamentations inspired by Carnatic music ragas.
- Three rhythmical sections, with different sources of inspiration.
- Three "sound pictures", which refer to precise sonic memories I have experienced in India.
1. Trio bois (Woodwind Trio): Trio for flute, oboe and clarinet.
2. Korvaigal: Different arithmetic rhythmical constructions are superimposed, at different speeds
3. Shatabdi Express: A train halt between Chennai and Mysore. Women are singing in a nearby coach. A train goes by. Vendors chant their slogans.
4. Trio carillon (Chime Trio): Trio for glockenspiel, xylophone and piano.
5. a) Koodiyattam Beats: Rhytmical section evoking the percussion instruments, namely the mizhâvu (copper drum) and the kuzhithalam (small cymbal) which accompany koodiyattam, a traditional form of danced theatre from the state of Kerala.
6. a) Agonizing Dhuryodhana: Nocturnal koodiyattam performance. An exceprt from the Mahabharata. Dhuryodhana in full agony.
5. b) / 6. b) Besant Nagar Dogs: After the performances, the koodiyattam beats persist in my memory. 4 am. Dogs are barking. Not a single rickshaw in sight.
7. Stumbling Konokol: Rhytmical section inspired by short phrases of beginners konokol (vocal percussion technique)
8. Trio cuivres (Brass Trio): Trio for trumpet, horn and trombone.
9. Dasaswamedh Ghat: Varanasi, holy city, evening pooja on the Ganges
May 18, 2013 VANCOUVER (Canada) Symphony at the Annex: Stream of Consciousness / Orpheum Annex
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bramwell Tovey
June 3, 2010 MONTRÉAL (Canada) Ragamalika, Carte blanche à Gabriel Dharmoo / Salle de concert du Conservatoire de musique de Montréal WORLD PREMIERE
Ensemble Chorum, conducted by Jean-Michel Malouf
Commissioned by Ensemble Chorum, for the "Ragamalika, carte blanche à Gabriel Dharmoo" project