Episode #3222


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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

For this New Sounds, we’ll hear the broadcast premiere of a work by Michael Harrison, called "Hijaz."  The composition features the Young People’s Chorus delivering vowels, South Indian rhythmic and tabla syllables, and a universal prayer as the text.  Together with new music heavyweight/adventure cellist Maya Beiser, the versatile composer/percussionist Payton MacDonald (Alarm Will Sound, Super Marimba), and the composer Michael Harrison on just-intonation piano, the new work is intended to invoke a sense of pilgrimage. 

Also on the show, we’ll listen to other works in the Hijaz mode, one of the oldest in use in the Middle East and North Africa, and one heard in the flamenco scale, Hebrew prayers, and Klezmer music.

PROGRAM #3222, Hijaz  (First aired on 7/6/11)                                                       





3 Mustaphas 3

Friends, Fiends & Fronds

!Starehe Mustapha! I, II & III, excerpt

Omnium OMM 2003
Available as an import at* or as a download

Hadouk Trio (Didier Malherbe)


Hijaz [5:05]


Miles Davis

Kind of Blue (Legacy Edition)


Flamenco Sketches, Alternate Take, excerpt [1:00]

Columbia Legacy/Song BMG 88697476272
Available at, iTunes, and

Marc Loopuyt

The Orients of the Lute

Hijaz [6:32]

Buda - Musique Du Monde
Out of print, but try

Michael Harrison and the Young People’s Chorus, Maya Beiser, Payton McDonald

Live, 92nd Street Y, May 8, 2011

Hijaz [13:22]

This performance not commercially available.  Try the Bang on a Can site for video links, since the piece was performed as part of the 2001 Bang on a Can Marathon.

Info at AND

Miles Davis

Kind of Blue (Legacy Edition)

Flamenco Sketches, Alternate Take, excerpt [1:00]

See above.

Snehasish Mozumder

Basant Mukhari

Basant Mukhari (Hijaz Bhairav) [15:11]

Sony Music Entertainment India
Available at or

Comments [1]

Daniel from NYC

How/ where can I get this "hijaz" by michael harrison. Beautiful music. Thanks.

Jul. 06 2011 11:45 PM

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