ABOUT THIS WORK The Turkish term aksak means to walk with a limp, and refers to folk music and dance movements that combine beat patterns of 2 + 3. This results in pieces that are counted in 5 time (2 +3), 7 time (2+2+3), 8 time (2+3+3), 9 (2+2+2+3) etc.
Aksak for Piano is a collection of twelve works that explore rhythms in 5, 7 and 9 time. Some of the pieces are arrangements of traditional Turkish folk songs while others are my own inventions. The first sketches were written in 2007 with the completion of the work ten years later in 2017. They are inspired by the Aksak Preludes, Etudes and Sketches of my mentor, the Turkish composer A. Adnan Saygun (1907-1991).
Edward J. Hines is an ASCAP award winning composer, publisher, performer and educator, who has researched Middle Eastern music and dance since the 1980's. His original works connect music philosophies of the Middle East and West.
In the 1970's, Hines attended the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut, where he studied music composition. He later graduated from Bennington College in Vermont where he was the 1981 Presser Scholar and earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees.
Hines was a 1985 Fulbright scholar to the Republic of Turkey where he researched composition, ethnomusicology and Turkish art music. Since then he has composed new works based on both Turkish and Arabic music. He composes and publishes his work from his studio in Wendell, Massachusetts.
From 1988 through 2015, Hines taught Pk-6 classroom music in the public schools of Franklin County, Massachusett; he then worked part-time for the Music Education Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Now retired, he devotes his time to composing, practicing his original American Oud® and fine woodworking.
Edward J Hines' long career in research, composition, performance and theory of Middle Eastern music has brought him numerous invitations from colleges, universities, libraries and public schools interested in learning more about traditional Middle Eastern music.