Mayan Ruins (live debut~9/24/2006) usually perform with Tribal dancers in unusual venues like churches (deconsecrated & otherwise) Masonic temples & outdoor pagan festivals as well as taverns, coffeehouses & a teahouse. Our sound incorporates psychedelic, gothic, shamanic, middle-eastern & asian influences.
We are strictly improvisational & record most of our shows & our studio pieces are also improvised, round-robin style, with each player adding his/her layer over those previously recorded. Derek Garteiz is the engineering wizard who records it all, mixes it down (often dub style, dropping instruments in & out) & Christian Hartman does the final mastering.
Mayan Ruins (self-titled), is a mix of studio & live tracks which covers many of the aspects that make Mayan Ruins a unique listening experience. Chant, Hindi style slide guitar, Tibetan bowls, electric bass & guitars, violins & of course many traditional drumming techniques combine in our debut professional release of Psychedelic/Tribal Dance & Trance.
Our all live compilation, SACRED & PROFANE (so titled because it was recorded in a church, in a woodland wedding chapel & at a couple of taverns!) is a collection of some of our best performances from 2008/2009 & it really captures some of the excitement of Mayan Ruins live.
Temple of Ancient Dub is a mix of live & studio tracks that range from meditative to high-energy in mood. All the music has been improvised & is based in traditional drumming (tribal/belly-dance) with acoustic strings, winds, chanted vocalisations & electronic/psychedelic effects & instruments (bass/guitars/electric sitar) floating over the rhythms. Whether earthy or ethereal, this music will take you on a journey of body, mind & spirit. Shamanic vocals, dubby bass, trippy guitars, gypsy violin & clarinet, Arabic, African & Native American percussion & jazzy sax plus melodica & shruti box combine to form organic music that's full of open space & intricate melody. Every listen will reveal new facets never before heard. So whether you want to dance (especially tribal/traditional belly-dance) or get into a tranced out head-space, Mayan Ruins' Temple of Ancient Dub is the place to be!