Since immemorial time, in all societies, music aims at interiorization and touches the depths of the human soul. Before being entertaining or folkloric, music has a spiritual, meditative, therapeutic and operational function. It can elevate the soul to the divine by awakening memories of separation referred to by Rûmî, the Sufi Master and founder of the whirling Dervish order (Mevlevi):
Listen to the ney (the reed flute) complaining about the pain of separation: “Since they ripped me from my bed of reeds, my lament has caused man and woman to moan. I want a heart torn by separation in order to pour into it the pain of yearning (…). Whoever remains far from his source longs for the moment he will be united with it again … “(Rûmî, Mathnavî).
The practice of music requires discipline, rigour and passion which in itself can be compared to an alchemical operation intended to purify the soul and bring it closer to its source. Learning music requires technical and theoretical bases generally transmitted orally from master to disciple. The compositions and improvisations thus form part of a particular musical tradition. At the same time, they touch the universal thanks to the virtues transmitted by the melodies and the rhythms.