Music from the documentary "Two half lives"
Once our travels led us to Antakya, a city in South-East Turkey near the Syrian border.
In ancient times this place was called Antiochia and was an important cultic and cultural centre.
Apostle Paul acted here and it was here that Peter built the first Christian church into a rock above the city. The Habibi Neccar Mosque and the tree of Moses, too, are in this city.
This place has a long tradition of peaceful coexistence of different religions and ethnic groups. Here Muslims and Alevis, Jews and Christians as well as Turks, Arabs, Kurds and Armenians tolerate each other in everyday life.
We were here to write and record music. Music for a documentary entitled „Two half lives“, made by the German-Turkish director Servet Ahmet Golbol. It is a very personal film about this city, its people, the search for identity and the omnipresent Taqammus. In Arabian Taqammus is a special form of reincarnation, in which the reincarnated remember the life they have left behind and therefore have to join together two lives, two identities.
Our time in Antakya was wonderful. The music that was created there is wondrously steeped in the smells, sounds and sentiments of the city at any time of day, the encounters and Ahmets touching documentary.
Sometimes we long for such places and such days.