The great oud (classical Arabic lute) master from Iraq, Munir Bachir, and his use of silence has inspired me on this piece. "Intuite," which lent its name to one of my albums, is perhaps one of the most atypical pieces I play. In this song—improvised on stage, in the studio, and then on stage again in most of my performances—certain passages, due to their spontaneous nature and their root in oral tradition, are easily transcribed, while others resist being put down on paper. I have written out the entire first part, but I refrained from writing out the rest of the piece, which is based mainly on tapping and blossoming ornamentation techniques in the spirit and tradition of the oud.
"Intuite" is to be played without a set tempo (sanza tempo), and its rendition is left to the interpreter's pleasure. However, care and attention should be paid to the impulse, the phrasing, the movement, and the harmonious handling of space. The rhythmic annotations have been written here with this in mind, and have no other significant value; they are used as a point of reference only to clarify the phrasing of the melodic lines. The same is true for the bars, which indicate the differentiation and carving of the themes.