New recording of ‘Hanjale’ for solo cello

Performed by cellist Bryan Hayslett and recorded at Futura Productions in Roslindale, MA


There is an Arabic saying أول الرقص حنجلة (Awal al-raqs hanjale) which translates to “The dance begins with a prance.”  Like most such folk sayings, there are often multiple meanings attributed to them. Generally, this saying can be understood to mean something that begins with a small gesture turns into something much larger.  This of course can allude to positive and negative outcomes.  This work, a challenging and rewarding work for solo mandolin, explores this concept by using small Arabic music influenced gestures to let the dance unfold as it will.