Writings about Music

Presenting An Evolution

Bhimpalasi (2001), a three-hour work for bowed kemanche rather than violin, presents an evolution of Western composition from Concerto, Sonata and Symphony to Raga, and performers to Meruvina.








What I said about evolution applies to all of my music, if specifically beginning with Hamoa (1995) in terms of my studies of Indian classical music with Harihar Rao, Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy and Pandit Jasraj. Bhimpalasi simply happened to be on my mind at the moment. It is my second lengthiest work after Dhani (2003), which is 3.5 hours. Most of my myriad extended compositions are in the neighborhood of one hour.

For those married in bed to the musical past, I agree you should stick with what feels and sounds right for you. I love the past, too. In fact, that's what helps feeds my vision.

- Michael Robinson, March 2020, Los Angeles


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Michael Robinson is a Los Angeles-based composer and writer (musicologist)