My approach to this piece is to employ classic motivic development techniques and subject the main motif to many melodic and rhythmic variations, as well as a wide variety of stylistic contexts. Considering that these styles of music that lend elements to this piece are so varied - ranging from Tango, Funk, Jazz, Venezuelan Joropo, Klezmer, Anatolian and Eastern European folklore, in addition to more modern classical textural and spectral coloristic approach - I wanted the melodic motif in all its variations to lend a certain recognition factor to counterbalance the stylistic surprises and create coherence. I try to approach this stylistic diversity as a real melting pot of influences and I am very consciously trying to avoid it becoming a mere collage.
The title refers to migration and people binging their musical cultures to other parts of the world. By placing musical elements from very different cultures side by side I am showing musical connections that might not be apparent, for example, the bouncy irregular groupings of two and three eighth notes common in Eastern European music with the similar groupings as subdivisions placed over a 4/4 time signature, which make for a very syncopated language in both funk music and Latin music.
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