Atria is a full length LP featuring compositions written between 2007-
2013, including performances by esteemed musicians from Gamelan Pacifica,
Gamelan Kusuma Laras, and Gamelan Rakyat, as well as Eyvind Kang, and
recorded in multiple contexts with sound engineer Mell Dettmer.
The term ''Atria'' emerged in a dream in 2007, at a time when I was simultaneously
writing new music for the Cornell Gamelan Ensemble at the invitation
of Chris Miller, and recording ''Voices of Spring'' with Ostad Omoumi. ''Atria'' sounded
like the Latin plural of atrium, evoking the chambers of the heart, and reminded me of
the Javanese Satriya or ''Knights'', but it was only later I realized the reference to the
Arabic triliteral root ''atr'' or scent. This music has come into being in a similar way, by
associations, breaths, correspondences, and dreams, with the untranslatable and the
inexpressible as a compass. At the same time it is a document of a learning process,
and although I have been so fortunate to have incredible teachers, all the errors and
delusions are my own. This is a meditation on an internalized meta-historical dynamic
between Javanese and Persian traditions, and is a tribute to the role of sound in the
context of esoteric practices, including prophetology and healing water.
1. HER SWORD I 2. TURNING INWARD 3. SARIRA TUNGGAL 4. PAMOR
5. WIJI SAWIJI MULANE DADI 6. INGSUN 7. HER SWORD II
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