Azure Miles Records ~ The Music of Michael Robinson
Cover art is hand silkscreened paper from Japan
1. Kokilapriya (2009)37.34
Meruvina: piano, Indian bells, rotating drum, rainstick, synthesizer, tanpura
All music composed and programmed by Michael Robinson for performance and recording in real time without any overdubbing or added parts.
Recorded and Mastered by Catharine Wood at the Planetwood Productions studio in Eagle Rock (Los Angeles), California.
Live musicians are welcome to perform these compositions with acoustic and/or electronic instruments.
Kokilapriya is the eleventh mela of Karnatic music. It translates to mean
the one dear to the koel, a South Asian bird. I found it to postulate
mystery and exoticism; the filigree of connecting glissandi tethering sustained
tones both sonorous in the bass tessitura and windbell-like in the upper registers.
The process of selecting which precise tone to use for shadja (tonic) for each
particular raga is fascinating for me. Indian musicians use one tonal center
for their entire life, but given the nature of the meruvina, I have used all
twelve possibilities in my work. It is an intuitive process that filters the
melodic personality of the raga together with my individual temperament, and
I frequently am surprised where shadja turns up. Kokilapriya is based on D.
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