My string quartet, Set fire to have light, will be one of four pieces featured on this week’s podcast episode of Bowed Radio, a great weekly program put together by Mark Allender. Devoted to music for stringed instruments, every episode spans several genres, from bluegrass to metal to contemporary classical, with brief introductions by Mark between each. You can subscribe via iTunes at the Bowed Radio website, or download this week’s episode here. It’s one of the programs I listen to regularly from Latvia.
I just uploaded to YouTube a second video from the LiepÄja concert, this time of the string quartet playing Set fire to have light. Click on the link for a PDF of the score if you’d like to follow along. The title is taken from a poem by Rumi, and the piece employs Arabic rhythmic (iqa’at) and scalar (maqamat) modes. I wasn’t trying to write an overtly Arabic piece, but rather to see what I could derive from an exploration of these specific materials. The quartet members are: Baiba Lasmane, Ginta AlÅ¾Äne, Tatjana Borovika and Dina PuÄ·ite.