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Light into Shadows

Research output: Non-textual formComposition

Original languageEnglish
Publisher or commissioning bodyGrenoble Festival
Media of outputScore
StatePublished - 7 Apr 2016
EventDetours de Babel: Lumières d'Orient - Grenoble, France


Light into Shadows was initially inspired by the ideas of the 12th century Iranian Kurd Shahab al-Din Suhrawardi, whose philosophy of the was influenced by both sufic precursors and by ancient thought of Zorastrian Persia and Egypt. In it, Suhrawardi posits one metaphor strikingly resonant with that of certain later Romantic German philosophers–in which a ‘Yemen’ or ‘orient of Light’ stands as a contrasting beacon to a darkened occident. “Humankind lives in the Gurbat al-gharbiyya, the ‘western exile’, fallen into a well, he longs for home, for Yemen, Arabia Felix, and tries to find this radiant place during his sojourn on earth” (Annemarie Schimmel). Playing with this idea, the deep sounds of the cello and bass clarinet shroud the Turkish ud and ney, whose emotional sounds emerge from this rhythmic, darkened point of origin, contesting musical ground in a back-and-forth pull while striving towards passage into musical illumination.

Research areas

  • variances, integrating Turkish, erc, kemençe, kanun


Detours de Babel: Lumières d'Orient: Des traditions soufies aux sonorités contemporaines

Abbreviated TitleDes Ténèbres vers la Lumière
Duration7 Apr 20167 Apr 2016
Location of eventHexagone Scène Nationale Arts Sciences
CityGrenobleCountryFranceWeb address (URL)

Event: Festival


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