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"Suite Bassel" mvt. 1 & 2 (2014)
composed by Daniel Zajicek

Chapman Welch, Guitar; Karl Fulbright, Alto Sax; Thomas Helton, bass; Luke Hubley, Drum Set; Ben Lind, voice

Performed July 27th, 2014
University of St. Thomas, Cullen Hall
6pm

Houston Composers Salon || Summer Concert
houston-composers-salon.org

Program Note

“On March 15, 2012, Bassel Khartabil was detained in a wave of arrests in the Mazzeh district of Damascus. Since then, his family has received no official explanation for his detention or information regarding his whereabouts. Bassel Khartabil, a Palestinian-Syrian, 31, is a respected computer engineer specializing in open source software development, the type of contributions the Internet is built upon. He launched his career ten years ago in Syria, working as a technical director for a number of local companies on cultural projects like restoring Palmyra and Forward Syria Magazine.” (freebassel.org)

I became acquainted with Bassel’s plight through a close friend of mine, Jon Phillips, who knew Bassel as a friend and colleague. Jon is spearheading the public campaign to free Bassel from his imprisonment, and asked me to write some music in Bassel’s honor.

The two movements presented here reflect the urgency of the situation in Syria along with some of Bassel’s personality. The text comes from his twitter feed during the time leading up to his capture. My goal in choosing tweets was to encapsulate both the carefree and serious parts of his personality. These two movements set the stage for the capture taking place in the third movement, and the prison love song of the fourth and final movement, both to be performed at a later date.

untitled on Flickr.Preparations for #FREEBASSEL album with @pianoBrad

untitled on Flickr.

Preparations for #FREEBASSEL album with @pianoBrad

untitled on Flickr.Red and Black 03 - Taken at the Stafford Performing Arts Center. Visit my Flickr page for more in this series.

untitled on Flickr.

Red and Black 03 - Taken at the Stafford Performing Arts Center. Visit my Flickr page for more in this series.

A comic I made this evening as I lay in bed dealing with a monster headache. I wanted another frame to close it off, but I just couldn’t get it right.

A comic I made this evening as I lay in bed dealing with a monster headache. I wanted another frame to close it off, but I just couldn’t get it right.

M: READ THIS WORD, Vito Acconci

mfortki:

READ THIS WORD THEN READ THIS WORD READ THIS WORD NEXT READ THIS WORD NOW SEE ONE WORD SEE ONE WORD NEXT SEE ONE WORD NOW AND THEN SEE ONE WORD AGAIN LOOK AT THREE WORDS HERE LOOK AT THREE WORDS NOW LOOK AT THREE WORDS NOW TOO TAKE IN FIVE WORDS AGAIN TAKE IN FIVE WORDS SO TAKE IN FIVE WORDS DO IT…

Clouds between two buildings outside my apartment. This is a still from a video I’m working on.

Clouds between two buildings outside my apartment. This is a still from a video I’m working on.

piano hands on Flickr.

piano hands on Flickr.

This is a new large-scale origami piece that I folded for Hsiao-Lan.

This is a new large-scale origami piece that I folded for Hsiao-Lan.

Hollow River

Inside me flows a hollow river.
It moves along above my liver,
And snakes and twirls around my spine.
It grows with me,
It’s getting bigger,
This hollow river,
This soundless quiver,
Full of hollow arrows, Wither-
ing away my screaming mind.