Kotekan is a most exciting composition by Wil Offermans for eight flutes based on Balinese interlocking techniques.
In the wonderful world of non-western ensemble music, we can hear some most fascinating samples of collectivism. Here, usually each player performs a relatively simple pattern, rhythm or motive, which - on itself - seems without much musical value. However, once performed in the ensemble it becomes part of some sensational and enigmatic music. With the idea to integrate non-western ensemble techniques into the contemporary flute ensemble and with a focus towards Bali, Indonesia, I first composed three short studies for flute ensemble. These were based on techniques like canon, interlocking (a pattern or melody is divided amongst various parts) and kecak (the Balinese Hindu-legend monkey dance, with dazzling vocal interlocking).
Kotekan (= a Balinese interlocking technique) has been created as a sequel to these three short studies. Kotekan involves some contemporary flute techniques like wind tones, harmonics, and bamboo tones as well as a non-western approach concerning ensemble playing. Here, beauty can merely arise from the enjoyment of the elusive nature of the collectivism.
subtitle: for 8 flutists (or flute ensemble)
composer: Wil Offermans
publisher: Zimmermann, Germany
instruments: 5 flutes; 1 alto and 2 bass flutes (or flutes in C)
duration: 13 minutes
language: introduction in German, French and English
score: 17 pages plus part scores
notes: - Dedicated to the Flute Workshop Ensemble The Magic Flute - Kotekan has been recorded by Wil Offermans at the CD The Magic Flute (CDE-971 / E-records).
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