Jeritan is a piece in my Arabesque
cycle* using blocks of sound that move in time. Jeritan is a Malay word
for scream or screaming. The piece is based around three Edvard Munch
paintings: The Scream, Melancholy and The Dance of Life, and was written
specially for the Fourth Edvard Grieg Memorial Competition for Composers.
Tazul I. Tajuddin, who has been described by Henri Dutilleux as 'un compositeur tres finement doue', was born in Malaysia in 1969. He received his first music education in Malaysia (B.Mus 1991, Universiti Teknologi MARA), but only started composing in 1994.
He received a special scholarship award from the Ministry of Culture
of Malaysia, enabling him to study composition at Carnegie Mellon University,
USA (M.Mus 1996). Later he received a scholarship award from Universiti
Malaysia Sabah for further study and now is completing a D.Phil in Composition
at the University of Sussex, UK, under Martin Butler. He attended the
IRCAM Académie d'eté in 2001 and received an individual
meeting with Brian Ferneyhough and composition classes with Marc-André
Dalbavie, Roger Reynolds and Jonathan Harvey. Other composers and musicians
he has studied with include lannis Xenakis, Michael Finnissy, Leonardo
Balada, Reza Vali, Juan Pablo lzquierdo and Siti Chairani Proehoeman.
In summer 1996, he won a scholarship to study with Franco Donatoni at
the Manuel de Falla International Festival in Granada, Spain. However,
he remains independent and self-taught; and as a Malay, he is in a unique
cultural position and background as a composer.
Works include Alhambra - Arabesque for string quartet (1999),
Arabesque II for two piccolos and two violins (1999), Jeritan
for string quartet (1999-2000, finalist in the Fourth International Grieg
Competition, Oslo, Norway), Corakan (2000) for large orchestra, Tenunan
(2000) for chamber ensemble (workshopped by IXION), Corak
(2000) for cello and harp (commissioned by John McCrae for future CD recording
and performance in Italy and the UK), Mantera... (2000-1)
for solo flute and 2 sound sculpture players (finalist in Derek Shiel's
Sound Sculptures Composition Competition, scheduled to be premiered in
December 2001 in London), and Tenunan II for flute, celeste,
piano, percussion and string orchestra. Other pieces in progress include
Tenunan III for Orchestra, Tenunan IV - Arabesque
IV for solo guitar and Tenunan V for guitar, viola
In the future, he will again be writing for the National Choir of Malaysia. He is also a conductor (National Choir of Malaysia, 1993-7) and has conducted his own works in the United States, Malaysia and Singapore.
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