The never-ending connotative relationships that Sufi mysticism establishes between letters, the human breath, vitality and affects, acted as a source of inspiration for the major cycle taking shape, the first “Sufi Word” of which you see here.
The CD consists of four pieces for instrumental ensemble, an orchestral prologue and a final movement for ensemble and orchestra.
JL Fafchamps : "Since 2000, I have been spending much time writing Sufi Letters, despite the fact that I am not a Sufi, or even Muslim, and I do not speak Arabic... Actually, these letters are more than letters addressed to careful readers; they are also and mostly exercises in calligraphy, alphabetic symbols. They are based on a Sufi chart connecting a vast system of symbolic interrelations to the twenty-eight letters in the Arabic alphabet – a sort of methodical summary of metaphorical and mystical thinking, as it has been drawn once by Sheikh Abul-Muwwayid of Gujarat [India] for incantation."
Ictus Ensemble | Orchestre National de Lille | Peter Rundel