Bass guitar and keyboard player integrating ethnic sonorities into his jazz-rock fusion palette.
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His music explores the relationships between diverse musical traditions, and the dichotomy of rhythm and melody of the bass guitar, by integrating ethnic sonorities into his jazz-rock palette. If you are an avid listener of jazz fusion, world music, progressive rock, or related instrumental music hybrids like: world jazz, world beat, and ethnic fusion -- even European classical and new age -- you will probably connect with the music in his catalog.
"Orbis Terrarum" (14 tracks, 66:10) - Exploring the relationships between diverse musical traditions and the dichotomy of rhythm and melody of the bass guitar, this aural travelogue blends intricate ethnic rhythms, spacious melodies, and flowing solos with the passion, intensity, romanticism, and introspection usually associated
with first-generation jazz-rock and world fusion artists.
"Sphere Of Influence" (14 tracks, 67:11) - Centered around the universal "Union Of Opposites" concept, the compositions contain a dynamic balance of rhythm, melody, and harmony by integrating ethnic sonorities into his jazz-rock fusion palette. Merging diffractive musical arrangements with cohesive ensemble playing, dense percussive layers with ethereal instrumental textures, this release is imbued with both vibrancy and sensitivity, all spearheaded by his bass guitars.
"Bhavachakra" (22 tracks, 68:45) - Inspired by the Buddhist "Wheel Of Life", this collection of ambient soundscapes, acoustic and electric textures with Asian and Indian influences, and synthesized exotic atmospheres is meant to direct the listener through all the guideposts of transmigratory existence, evoking myriad memories and
emotions along the way.
"Vedic Mantras" (10 tracks, 64:57) - Traditional Vedic chanting is combined with modern instrumentation and elements of jazz, rock, and European classical music in a variant of East-meets-West fusion. Featuring the Taittiriya Upanishad, one of the most important writings of ancient Indian philosophy, the arrangements were carefully constructed to retain the devotional mood and integrity of the sacred texts while creating a multi-genre sonic palette.
I am pleased to announce that I have just sold my 1000th solo CD in just under a year's time.
Given that I am composing, performing, and producing eclectic music that purposely counters mainstream trends; that I do not tour, gig locally, or have a presence on websites like MySpace & YouTube; that the releases have yet to receive any commercial radio airplay, reviews in widely-circulated magazines, or distribution through major outlets; and that my advertising and marketing budgets were meager, even by indie music standards, I am elated to have achieved this milestone.I have also decided to embark on three new instrumental world fusion projects simultaneously. Judging by the skeletal ideas I have accumulated so far, the contents should be in the same vein as my two primary releases - Orbis Terrarum & Sphere Of Influence - with an overall reduction in the usage of acoustic piano, classical guitar, ethnic flutes, and fretless bass; and the addition of ethnic instruments, rhythms, and influences that I enjoy listening to, but have yet to arrange or perform with. I also hope to add more guest musicians to make the compositions even more dynamic.Each project is scheduled to contain 12-15 tracks, with 60-70 minutes of running time, and will take a slightly different path than the others:
- Xenosonic Journeys: One half of the album will feature dual bass arrangements (fretted & fretless, DI & effected, plucked & slapped, etc.) with the other half venturing into more modern styles/genres that I am not completely fluent in, like: electronica, chill, ambient, techno, etc., while once again incorporating ethnic sonorities from throughout the globe.
- The Passage Of Time: Each composition in this project will feature at least a section in odd time signatures (or odd meters), with the titles inspired from quotes, proverbs, lyrics, etc. about the subject of "time". There will be more Mediterranean/Middle-Eastern primary influences on this album that the other two.
- Global Resonance: One half of the contents will feature duets with bass guitar (or maybe piano) and various ethnic instruments, while the second half will encompass laid-back, stripped-down arrangements. There will be less ethnic percussion and more Asian/Oriental primary influences on this album that the others.
Finally, my sincere thanks to everybody who purchased a compact disc (or a download) within the last year, especially to those of you who took time from your schedules to e-mail me your words of encouragement and support. I truly appreciate it, and hope that you enjoy the music for years to come!
Very intelligent track. Clean, tight, solid, very well defined. Obvious top notch skills on all instruments. I think this is as good as any Spyro Gyra, Weather Report or Jean Luc Ponty tune. Great naration as well.