Kali Yuga

For 12 Dancers, Electronic String Quartet (via Ableton Live), and Controllerist/Conductor.

 
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Musical Inspiration

The musical influences for this work include music or ideas by Eliane Radigue, Fausto Romitelli, Gianto Scelsi, the bands “Tool”, and “Sunn 0)))”, Krystof Penderecki, Earle Brown, Yair Klartag, and Hindustani and Carnatic musical traditions in India: 

• Romitelli; Professor Bad Trip, Lessons I—III: Professor Bad Trip Playlist

• Radigue; Islas Resonantes

• Yair Klartag; “Nothing to Express”

• Sunn O))); the “Black One” Album

• Tool: “10,000 Days” Full Album

• Shivkumar Sharma and Zakir Hussain; “Raga Yaman”


Sound Samples

excerpted recordings from the first read-through:


Score Preview

Program Notes and a few sample pages from the score to pique your interest! Click on the image to scroll through the gallery:


Mythos of Kali Yuga

The age of Kali is the last of the four “Yugas” or epochs of the Hindu divine calendar. Ranging from 1.78 million years to 432,000 years, the passage of the four yugas equivocate to one “Mahayuga” 1000 of which form a single day of “Brahma”, or the incarnation of an ultimate metaphysical reality. Cycles within cycles of legendary proportion chronicling the rise and fall of all things for all time.

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Shiva takes on many roles in Hindu myth, but principally he is seen as the cyclic “Creator and Destroyer” of the universe. When referring to the aspect of Shiva associated with this cycle, you would say “Shiva Nataraja”, or “lord of dance”. The dance itself is called the “Tandava” and is composed of a destructive and creative component. The Tandava is said to be occurring in all things across all times, and nests its pattern within the pattern of the”Yugas”.

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This work, “Kali Yuga” takes both of these mythical sources as it structural inspiration. If you are fond of narratives, the story this piece may be described as such: at the end of Kali Yuga, the age the “Vedas” describe as the last age swallowed in sin, Shiva the destroyer beckons the recreation of material existence amidst the violent protests of things already present.