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isto é muito natural

  • Orkun Akyol
  • Quintet
  • 2021

“Isto é muito natural” (Portuguese, “its only natural”), is a quote from Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Desafinado,” one of my favorite bossa novas. I use small melodic and harmonic fragments from Jobim’s composition in a very subtle manner. Desafinado means “out of tune,” and I played around with this notion primarily by means of “pressure strokes,” a technique in which the performer presses their stick into the wire to generate a slightly muted and subtle pitch. Organized in two halves, the first half presents these pressure strokes, harmonics, bowing, and other extended techniques. The second half presents a polyrhythmic gesture inspired by the basic berimbau toques of capoeira.” – Orkun Akyol

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