Composed in Vienna, 1992.
First Performance: 13th October, 1994, Manhattan School of Music, New York (David Russell, Guitar)
I have long been familiar with the sound of Miles Davis´s music. Something about the tone – call it melancholy – I found touching even as a fourteen-year-old. It took a long time to get to grips with his style – the music of Cool Bop – only slowly getting closer to the man only when I first listened to Bitches Brew was I able to sense his energy, relentlessly transforming his material, or exploring new styles. Only finally with one of his last albums, Tutu, did I realise that this was music that went straight to the heart. For me, it is still the essence of pop music, a culmination, the apotheosis of three decades of creation in this decisive musical genre. He operates at an ever greater distance, like being in an aeroplane and looking down and back at a city gradually receding. I have tried to capture this feeling in the final movement of 2 Miles 4 Davis (Dancemix), which, after the initial outburst, takes on the character of the Baroque era 'musical monument' – the tombeau. I have worked together different Miles Davis themes and, because they can never be heard here in their original form, it´s rather as if they are mourning the absence of their creator. (Helmut Jasbar, transl. by Howard C. Friend)