Dervish (1996, rev. 2006)
Saxophone Quartet or String Quartet, 10' 11"
A free fantasy on an authentic dance used in the ceremonies of the whirling dervishes, who are priests in the Sufi sect of Islam. The Sufis are considered heretics, especially in the puritanical forms of Islam (such as the Wahabists who provided bin Laden with his theology), in part because of their sensuality and use of music in their ceremonies. This piece has been broadcast in Israel (Kol Hamusica), Japan (NHK), and several times in America (Wisconsin Public Radio, et al). Dervish has been revised in 2006 and recorded by Thomas Walsh on his CD Intersections, (Arizona University Recordings)