On top-lit tables sit dozens of flutes made from clay, bamboo, wood. They are simple and straight, folded and bent, or round as gourds, spattered and glazed with intense colors. Small ocarinas perch like sparrows around didjeridus and a trombone standing tall amidst a dazzling array of rattles, drum skins, and shining gongs.
Three musicians appear and build long tones, random chirps, and atonal fragments into a mysterious texture and infectious rhythm. Metal and clay, flutes and hand drums evoke a jungle twilight, a dance of delicate hooves and ghostly song.
Scraps of melody, bird calls, tabla riffs, and water sounds rise and grow, filling the space, buzzing in ears, summoning forth an ancient spirit, yet improvised fresh on an ever-changing palette of instruments and moods. As the strange tonalities float and fall, a deeper space opens in the mind and heart. The three friends crescendo, enveloping all in their sphere of vibration, then come to rest on the earth.
This is the music of Many Axes: visionary ceramic artist Susan Rawcliffe, wind-instrument wizard Scott Wilkinson, and twisted tabla man Brad Dutz. Listen to their music, enter their world.
It will enrich your own.
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