Sunday, 8. May 2011, 23:03 - 23:45, Ö1


”East-West Wind Dialogues”

by Arsenije Jovanovic


Arsenije Jovanovic has produced a new radio work, which superimposes traditions of narration and music of European and Arabic cultures. He compares his composition technique of “East-West Wind Dialogues” with the weaving of a Persian rug, unfolding a cross-cultural sonic universe.

Artist’s statement:

”East-West Wind Dialogues” is an acoustic and textual tapestry with several layers that complement each other in the course of the story. It is composed on the model of traditional carpet weaving in the Middle East, where the author spent some time collecting the music and occasionally studying the art of weaving colored threads into a fixed warp.

In ”East-West Wind Dialogues” the author follows, as much as possible in so different media, the technique of traditional hand-knotted Middle East carpet making. Thousands of short audio files, words, or part of verses, taken from two poetry giants, Hafiz from Shiraz and Johan Wolfgang Goethe, are intertwined and intersected in the acoustic weft of the piece. Its structure, similarly, was previously composed of musical fragments from traditional Iranian music as well as from some European musical tradition. The first, with rare exception, created by numerous - known but mostly anonymous Iranian  artists, inspired by the poetry of Hafiz and performed like sung verses or in instrumental form - the second inspired by Goethe's poetry.

Two coextensive dialogues of two poetic expressions run through "East-West Wind dialogues". Different in their forms but identical, or at least related in their deeper essence. The dialogues between the two musical hemispheres being very different, often extreme, in their musical and acoustic forms. Because of these differences, the author adapts these different musical forms to each other, searching for a new and more  attainable musical harmony between the two.

In the use of the texts - with few exceptions - the author does not insist on the semantic content of the poetry. He searches for poetry in the manner an observer sizes the rare remains of an ancient archaeological ruin trying to capture an image which is  no longer physically there. Like in the scenery of a rich Persian rug, the colourful detail or interesting decoration illuminate the entire image.