Journal of Music

I’ve just been made Classical and Contemporary Music Editor at the Journal of Music, and that, combined with my upcoming teaching schedule and my efforts to finish my PhD, mean that my ability to post here will be fairly restricted. In any case, for now, this is bloody excellent;

Incidentally, I’m just back from Turkey, where I had some unexpected and wonderful musical experiences. One featured a Dervish – even on his raised platform in a restaurant, his fleetness was some sight to catch out of the corner of one’s eye as expressive qawwali picked away beside him, a spectacle that always-evaded total absorption into its context – and the other, a richly spatial, twilight call to prayer shared between the two main mosques in Sultanahment, a sound of superabundant emotion arching out at the top of each muezzin’s range, through the grain of each note, wavering between contracted seconds and leaping over wide fourths.

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