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Echoes Living Room Concerts volume 7
|For the last twelve years, the radio program Echoes has been
invading the homes of musicians from around the world, recording
them playing live in living rooms, basements, garages, closets
and cathedrals. We enter artists' homes, move their furniture,
unplug their phones, and turn off their refrigerators (and forget
to turn them back on). With a basic mobile recording unit, the
Echoes crew of two, Senior Producer/Host John Diliberto and Producer/Engineer
Jeff Towne, records direct to a stereo DAT machine, mixing and
adding reverb on the fly. The results have been praised by musicians,
many of whom used living room concert recordings on their own
albums including Windham Hill Records's new Michael Hedges anthology,
Beyond Boundaries. It includes three tracks recorded in the Echoes
Living Room.The latest performances can be heard on THE ECHOES LIVING
ROOM CONCERTS, VOLUME SEVEN, recorded in nine different cities,
in spaces that ranged from a granite-floored chapel to a 6x6 sound
booth. Musicians from across the globe, including India, Africa,
Iran, Norway, Ireland, England, Arkansas and Montana appear on
this CD with music that ranges from solo finger-style guitar to
ambient dreamscapes to an African-Celtic dervish. Artists on the
disc include Afro Celt Sound System, George Winston, R. Carlos Nakai, Eric Tingstad & Nancy Rumbel, Habib Khan, Richard Leo Johnson, Kate Price, Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning, Ketil Bjornstad &
David Darling, Gary Stroutsos, Tim Farrell, Erik Wollo and Axiom of Choice.
DEDICATION: Echoes is committed to
a world coming together in music. The Echoes Living Room Concerts
Volume 7 is dedicated to the victims of September 11, 2001, who
died because the world hasn't come together in life.
Track List:1. Afro Celt Sound System, The Silken Whip 7:03
2. Kate Price, The Isle of Dreaming, 7:37
3. Tim Farrell, Across the Northlands, 4:21
4. Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning, Elieson, 3:14
5. Ketil Bjornstad & David Darling, The Sea V, 5:04
6. Erik Wollo, Drone Music #1, 5:04
7. Axiom of Choice, Valeh, 6:32
8. Gary Stroutsos, Falcon Cove, 5:48
9. Eric Tingstad & Nancy Rumbel, Sailing, 3:44
10. George Winston, Plains (Eastern Montana Blues) 3:29
11. R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton & Will Clipman, Prelude
to a Storm 6:24
12. Habib Khan, Rose, 7:52
13. Richard Leo Johnson, Sketches of Miles, 5:31
Afro Celt Sound System
The Silken Whip
Much too large for the actual Echoes Living Room, we captured
Afro Celt Sound System in SIR Studios in New York City, as they
rehearsed for their David Letterman Show appearance the next evening.
In all their glory, Afro Celt sailed through one of the liveliest
sets of music to be heard on Echoes, including "The Silken
Whip." Their latest album is Volume 3: Further in Time (Realworld).
Hammered dulcimer player Kate Price lives in a trailer,
a difficult fit for the five musicians she chose for her concert.
So instead, we went to Mesa Studios in Sebastopol, north of San
Francisco. There Kate gathered reed player Paul McCandless from the group Oregon, Hans Christian from Rasa playing
sarangi and Nyckelharpe, percussionist Ian Dogole, guitarist Teja Bell and cellist Moses Sedler. Together they
wove the themes of Kate Prices album, The Isle of Dreaming (Higher Octave).
The Isle of Dreaming
Across the Northlands
In the glut of solo acoustic guitarists, Tim Farrell continues
to stand out. As soon as we heard his latest album, Songs from
Clarowood (Magrathea), we invited him in for his third Echoes
visit. Playing his special George Nakashima commemorative edition
Martin guitar in the Echoes sound booth, he unfolded the intricate,
finger-picked melody of "Across the Northlands."
Keyboardist Jeff Johnson and flutist Brian Dunning actually recorded two concerts for Echoes on this late fall day
looking out Jeff's studio window on Camano Island, Washington.
One concert was for our Sonic Seasonings 2000 show, and another
to highlight their album, Byzantium (Ark). Jeff & Brian
were joined by Irish fiddler John Fitzpatrick and Portland
based guitarist Tim Ellis. Their latest album is The
Enduring Story (Ark).
This is Ketil Bjornstad and David Darling's second
appearance on an Echoes Living Room Concert CD. The original version
of "The Sea V" featured a murderous electric guitar
solo from Terje Rypdal. In Philadelphias Indre Studios,
Ketil and David return "The Sea V" to its original piano
and cello form. Their latest album is Epigraphs (ECM).
The Sea V
Drone Music #1
A late-summer addition to the Echoes Living Room Concerts Volume
7. Erik Wollo journeyed from his home in Fredrikstad, Norway,
to the Echoes studio with his Stratocaster Guitar and effects.
Playing over a pre-recorded drone, he ruminated on electric guitar,
improvising this piece out of the air. His latest album is Wind
Journey (Spotted Peccary).
Axiom of Choice
This was one of the more unusual locations we've ever recorded
for Echoes. The Koan Collection is an enormous Los Angeles store
full of antique furniture from India, Indonesia, Nepal and Thailand,
most of which looks like it was pulled from an archeological dig.
The store is owned by guitarist Loga Ramin Torkian and
his wife, Yatrikadevi Shah-Rais. Loga, along with singer Mamek
Khadem, form the core of Axiom of Choice. They are joined
here by electric cellist Martin Tillman and percussionist Ando Harutyunyan. "Valeh" appeared on their self-titled
debut album on X-Dot 25. Their latest CD is Niya Yesh on
For his third Living Room Concert, flutist Gary Stroutsos gathered
an intimate, modern chamber music group with Jonn Serrie on synthesizers, Elizabeth Falconer on koto and percussionist Larry Mahlis on an array of global percussion. They sent
their sound echoing into the arched ceilings of the Chapel of
Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington. Gary's latest album
is Pacific Moon (Paras).
Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel are longtime Echoes
favorites. Over the last 15 years or so, they've woven their pastoral
melodies for acoustic guitar, oboe, English horn and ocarinas.
Their second appearance on a Living Room Concert CD was recorded
in the living room of the Jow family of Livermore, CA. Eric and
Nancy's latest album is Paradise (Narada).
In the fall of 1999, George Winston visited the Echoes
living room where we had to move all the furniture out to make
room for a grand piano. Looking out on the fall foliage through
the bay window, Winston played Hawaiian songs, slack key guitar,
some old favorites and this piece, Plains (Eastern Montana
Blues) from his latest album of the same name.
Plains (Eastern Montana Blues)
R. Carlos Nakai
Prelude to a Storm
R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton and Will Clipman create a global chamber music for Native American flute, lyre-harp
guitar and percussion. Recorded at the Craterian Ginger Rogers
Theater in Medford, Oregon, this performance comes from one of
a pair of live concerts for Echoes affiliate stations, KBSU
in Boise, Idaho and Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland,
Oregon. Their latest album is In A Distant Place (Canyon).
In his San Jose living room, Indian sitarist Habib Khan gathered an all-star cast of Bay Area world musicians, including
guitarist Matthew Montfort and keyboardist Doug McKeehan,
both from the group Ancient Future; on tablas, Emam;
drums, John Waller; flute, Peter Block; and on violin, Patti Weiss. With incense in the air and the aroma of Indian
food from the kitchen of Habib's wife, Shoba, they cooked up this
east west world fusion. Habib Khan's latest album is Longing (X-Dot-25).
Richard Leo Johnson
Sketches of Miles
If you can't actually see a Richard Leo Johnson performance,
the next best thing is hearing him play live. It gives you a true
appreciation of his technical wizardy as his hands fly across
the fretboard of his double necked 6 & 12 string acoustic
guitar. It sounds like three or four guitarists, but as this performance
attests, it's just Richard Leo Johnson. We set Richard up in the
Echoes living room for this performance of a piece inspired by
Miles Davis and "Sketches of Spain." His latest album
is Language (Blue Note)