Jean-Luc Fafchamps : KDGhZ2SA, a Six-letter Sufi Word
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 4 pieces for instrumental ensemble, an orchestral prologue and a final movement for ensemble and orchestra. Jean-Luc 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."
Jean-Luc Fafchamps : KDGhZ2SA, a Six-letter Sufi Word by ictus ensemble