Wednesday, August 11, 2010

On My Evening Explorations in Music: Wonderment

These were my discoveries tonight surfing Baha'i music links. -gw
Paco Gatsby's CDs. Founded by trumpeter/arranger Bob Porter, whose credits range from Lassie and Laugh In to Kay Starr and more, a travelling pioneer for the Baha'i Faith who moved to Guatemala in 1970.
ORA TAMBÓ brings together prayers by Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb with the sacred African drumming traditions of Cuban Santería, Haitian Vodoun, Colombian Lumbalú, Puerto Rican Bomba, Bush Negro Winti and Brazilian Candomblé, as a universally viable way, along with other modes, of expressing the veneration of the sacred which lies at the very heart of every culture.
Official 2008 Beijing Olympics Song
Before the Talking Heads recorded Remain in Light, before Peter Gabriel programmed his drum machines to play African polyrhythms, before Paul Simon and Graceland, and before the term "world music" was ever coined, there was Do'ah.The band was founded in 1974 by two New Hampshire musicians of eclectic musical skills and taste, Randy Armstrong and Ken LaRoche. Do'ah was one of the very first groups to combine musical instruments and traditions from all over the world to form a new unified whole
Featuring 14 tracks of beautiful prayers, sacred writings and poems by 'Abdu'l-Baha and Ruhiyyih Khanum. Grant has also written several story songs as well as a sing-along children's song about Baha'u'llah. He has just returned from a successful concert tour of Canada where 'Bridsong' was enthusiastically received. 
Appealing to young and old alike, Mitra’s music blends adult sophistication with youthful exuberance addressing the universal questions of life and love. Genre: Pop: Quirky
The legendary jazz vocalist Nancy Wilson said of Rachael "I think she´s brilliant, I love her.… There´s so much that´s good: the body, the depth, the warmth, and the enunciation!"  Price’s latest recording, her fourth CD, was produced by KC Porter, featuring notable studio artists like Brian Bromberg, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dean Parks and Shelly Berg.  Rachael has been singing with the Voices of Bahá since the age of nine.
Treasures of Wonderment

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