Justinian Tamusuza — “Okwanjula” from Ekivvulu Ky’ Endere
One of Africa’s leading contemporary composers, Uganda’s Justinian Tamusuza considers this to be his best work, incorporating traditional African folk elements, minimalist techniques, polyrhythms and unique instrumentation with specific performance instructions to simulate a troupe of African musicians. The first section of this challenging work is Okwanjula Kw’ Endere (Introduction of the Flute) – a dramatic 7 minute solo flute soliloquy, may be performed separately as a solo piece. For complete piece, see Ekivvulu Ky’ Endere for flute, viola, harp, marimba and maracas.
For Flute Solo, 7 minutes.
FL-9603 . . . $19.00
Justinian Tamusuza — Abaafa Luli
An exciting and unique woodwind quintet based on the traditional African folk music of Uganda. “In this short piece, Tamusuza creates a rich polyrhythmic texture, woven not just by wind instruments but also hand-held maracas and stamping feet. The main theme sounds like a rhythmically energized hymn tune....a mosaic of African and European genres. The climactic ending to Abaafa Luli – rapid and resounding rhythms – served to delight and exhilarate the listener.”
For Woodwind Quintet, 8 minutes.
WW5-9505 . . . $34.00
Justinian Tamusuza — Abaana Bange Na-Ka-Lwa
One of Africa’s leading contemporary composers, Uganda’s Justinian Tamusuza incorporates minimalist techniques, polyrhythms, and unique instrumentation with specific performance instructions in order to duplicate the sounds of traditional African folk music. An unusual one-movement piece of African chamber music (traditional Kiganda style), despite the fact that its instrumentation looks more like jazz or rock music.
For Soprano Saxophone, Electic Guitar, Marimba, 9 minutes.
SX-9630 . . . $35.00
Justinian Tamusuza — Ekivvulu Ky’ Endere (An African Festivity for Flute)
One of Africa’s leading contemporary composers, Uganda’s Justinian Tamusuza considers this to be his best work, incorporating traditional African folk elements, minimalist techniques, polyrhythms and unique instrumentation with specific performance instructions to simulate a troupe of African musicians. The three sections of this challenging work are: Okwanjula Kw’ Endere (Introduction of the Flute) – a dramatic 7 minute solo flute soliloquy which may be performed separately as a solo piece, Okujaganya (Rejoicing) and Akayisanyo (Finale). May be performed with a conductor. A very unusual audience pleaser for recitals or chamber music programs.
For Flute, Viola, Harp, Marimba, Maracas, 23 minutes.
FL-9607 . . . $42.00
Justinian Tamusuza — Mu Kkubo Ery’ Omusalaaba
Tamusuza’s most well-known work – an African string quartet in three movements. The first movement, Ekitundu Ekisooka, was recorded by the Kronos Quartet on their best-selling Pieces of Africa album which made history when it hit the top of both of Billboard’s Classical and World Music categories. This piece utilizes pentatonic scales, ostinato phrases, percussionism common to the composer’s Kiganda musical traditions, in addition to various string harmonics and other techniques.
For String Quartet, 25 minutes.
STR4-0350 . . . $56.00
Justinian Tamusuza — Okukoowoola Kw’Ekkondeere (Horn Call)
Okukoowoola was premiered at the 2006 International Horn Symposium in Cape Town, South Africa. An unaccompanied horn call by one of Africa’s leading composers, it adds unique diversity to the solo horn repertoire and is suitable for professional and advanced student hornists. Based on the traditional Kiganda pentatonic music of Uganda, Tamusuza uses many unusual extended techniques in order to make the modern horn achieve the sounds and inflections of African vocal and percussion music: eggono note bends, quartertones, harmonics (played with tuning slides removed), African ostinatos and drumming effects with the mute. This short, colorful and visually dramatic crowd pleaser will be a memorable addition to your next recital. Featured in the February 2007 edition of The Horn Call.
For Horn Solo, 4 minutes.
HN-0705 . . . $23.00