the back of the CD, Alan writes:
"Our planet is a flower from the deep heart of original mystery.
This music bears witness to the diversity of the worlds cultural
petals disappearing under the onslaught of global corporatization. Diversity
isnt a luxury - its a sign of health. Corporations today have
all the legal rights of personhood, without the responsibilities.
As one result, languages are disappearing at 5 times the current of rate
of species extinction, which is 5,000 times higher than what is considered
the natural background extinction rate. Each language is in itself an
entire ecosystem of ideas and intuitions, a watershed of thought, an old
growth forest of the mind. This record bears witness to the tearing apart
of indigenous cultures through the mining and destruction of sensitive
ecosystems for profit."
His didjeridu compositions spotlight the remarkable talent of the
internationally known didj players, Randy Graves and Stephen Kent as well
as Mark Deutsch, inventor of the Bazantar and Steve Sklar, eminent Tuvan
throat singer and teacher. Tower explores the use of odd time signatures,
while organizing the music in a way that creates a sense of journey. He
has been attracted to creating melodies above the drone by pulling out
natures harmonic series embedded in the pipe. This expands the didjeridu
beyond rhythm into new territory.
Alan has 8 records on the market, three on Ancient-Future.com and two
Graves is a Rhodes scholar currently living in Northeast Arhnemland
studying The Yolgnu culture. He is one of the most accomplished
and creative didjeridu players in the world, able to do most anything
on the instrument in a modern context, while able to play traditional
styles exceptionally well.
While he has always had great respect for Aboriginal people and
their culture, Stephen has never tried to imitate traditional styles
on the didjeridu. Instead he has pioneered his own unique style
with the didj [Didge, Didjeridu Didgeridoo] at the center of his
many compositions in contemporary music. Widely regarded as one
of the pioneering innovators in the modern world of the Didj he
was a founder of the groups Trance Mission, Lights in a Fat City,
Beasts of Paradise & Furious Pig and has made five solo CDs.
While studying North Indian classical music with the legendary Ustad
Imrat Khan, Mark began delving deeper into the universal fundamentals
of music and their underlying vibrational structures. His background
in non-linear mathematics, sacred systems, cosmology and in the
physics of sound bore fruit with his being awarded a US patent for
the Bazantar, a 38 string bass viol with 29 sympathetic strings
and 4 drones. He designed this instrument as a tool, as much as
a thing of sonic beauty, to demonstrate natures vibrational
code or DNA in a new and extraordinary light.
Founded the International Association for Harmonic Singing
Created the first online throat-singing lessons, 2003. Teaching
khoomei since 1997.
Has deconstructed the traditional styles so that they
may be taught with simple, fun,
and safe techniques and exercises.
Singing khoomei since 1995, in several Tuvan styles
Twice journeyed to Tuva, in 1995 and in 2001, with friends
and khoomei mentors
Perform and record with Big Sky, serving as lead guitarist,
producer, and throat-singer,
& "The Overtone Orchestra"
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