Originally composed in 2002, this piece was recorded for the Hamosity album (2021).
Hamosity is endeavour which celebrates musicking in all its forms, and it challenges the pandemic erosion of music-making. The title comes from a decade or so (from 1995) of journeying in Greece, Bulgaria, and elsewhere in south-east Europe (the Balkans) - weeks spent in the metropolises and the mountains, immersed in the sights and sounds around me. It was a time, too, of personal contentment, of music, and musicking. A key aspect of my work in those days was the hamos (xamos), the unexpected, the chaotic, in which, and through which, everything seemed to develop. The CD takes its title from Hamosity Horo (2002) a piece which tries to captures that spirit of mayhem, destructive at times but also generative. It was built on a fragment written earlier as I despaired at the war in Bosnia, the devastation it caused, and the ugliness of humanity it brought to the fore.