Frame Drums (Cedar Grove Dance)

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Glen Velez / riq, tar, shakers 
Don Grusin / keyboard
Honey Buzzard (bird of Central Asia)
(Notes by Glen Velez)

Cedar Grove Dance is inspired by the evocative tambourine players depicted on the Sanguszko Carpet in the Museum. To generate the celebratory feeling which I hear when looking at the carpet, I chose the riq, an Egyptian-style tambourine. This instrument, called a daf in Persia, is seen in the Sanguszko Carpet being played by four angelic figures sitting around the sacred cedar tree. My manner of playing and holding the drum mirrors exactly what you see in the carpet. During the 16th through 18th centuries in Persia this drum was very popular and used frequently as a royal court and festival instrument. Although it is no longer popular in modern Iran, it is still played widely in the Middle East. This illustrious drum has not changed over the centuries, always having five sets of disk jingles and measuring about 8-10” in diameter.

The tar drum, with roots in ancient Mesopotamia, is often heard in modern Middle Eastern music. Here it plays a supportive role by providing an earthy bass tone.
 
The shakers, an important sound tool in Shamanic healing ceremonies, give a touch of ritualistic sound to the arrangement.

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from Miho: Journey to the Mountain, released September 22, 2010
Glen Velez (Framedrum Music, BMI)

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Paul Winter Litchfield

Paul Winter is a seven-time Grammy-winning saxophonist, whose sextet was the first jazz group to perform at the White House in 1962. His second group, the Paul Winter Consort, interweaves sounds from the natural world with classical and ethnic traditions, and the spontaneous spirit of jazz. Their annual Winter Solstice Celebrations and Earth Mass are among the most popular events in New York. ... more

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