Unbowed – cello solo

This is a double experiment on the cello. On one hand, I try to apply rhythmic techniques from the Carnatic music from South of India to a western context. For this propose, I used the transcription of an original solo on Mridangam by B.C. Manjunath* and composed a piece following the rhythm strictly. On the other hand, I explore the different possibilities of playing the cello without the bow, finding different sounds and textures on the instrument.

It was recorded on Oranjewoud gardens during the montage week of “Prikel”, that would be performed there afterward.

*You can find the transcription of the solo in the book “Applying Karnatic Rhythmical Techniques to Western Music” by Rafael Reina

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