New Reviews: December 26, 2000
Soundings of the Planet
With their self-titled album that is more of a transformational journey than concert, this musical community seeks to enliven the spiritual creative force within all beings through their captivating rhythms, echoing dijeridoos, and mesmerizing prayers. Rising from the depths of a tight whisper to the climax of a dancing frenzy, they return to weave a starlit pattern of heart-warmed sonic pictures.
Miguel Angel Cortes
Patriarca is the latest release of the energetic escapade between the guitar of
Miguel Angel Cortes and enchanting gypsy flamenco music of Spain. Cortes is fluent
in the language of the spirit of itinerant musicians, having grown up in the tradition
with the musical elder Miguelon Cortes for father. Here is aliveness, creativity,
and refined passion. This CD release by Alula Records, is well worth a listen, and you
might just find yourself playing it at your next party.
Theodosii Spassov Trio
The Fish Are Praying for Rain
A remarkable fusion of Bulgarian folk music and contemporary jazz. The Fish
Are Praying for Rain is a mirror of the city life of Sofia, complete with complex
interlocking 5/16 and 11/16 rhythms, scatting which at moments is Turkish, then Indian,
then American, and traditional folk melodies from the widely varying regions of Bulgaria.
Theodosii Spassov is a master of the traditional Bulgarian end-blown flute, the kaval, which
although most associated with the music of shepherds, becomes an invaluable tool in Bulgarian
jazz. This successful experiment ends on a quiet note midst the city sounds, reminiscent of
the calm beauty offered in the Bulgarian countryside.
Jenece Gerber is a perpetual student of culture, religion and music,
with a BA in ethnomusicology from Bowling Green State University, Bowling
Green, Ohio USA. An avid composer, Ms. Gerber writes from her musical
travels in the context of sociocultural realities and dreams. She is the
winner of the 1995 Music Teachers National Association student composition
competition for her work employing the Indonesian flute (suling). Ms. Gerber
is also soon to have a work entitled The Night of Brahm published by Earnestly Music.