I consider myself a “digital music artist who creates sonic impressions”. I create my music just as a traditional artist would create a painting. I infuse my work with passion, emotion, feeling, creativity, intuition and a unique flow. Each song on this CD is from a different place in my minds’ eye and each is a unique sonic visualization of those thoughts. Enjoy the rhythms, the energy, the flavors - they might, in some odd way, change your life and renew you. So I offer you these 15 musical selections for your enjoyment, your imagination and your spiritual well being.
Christina Brady-Wokuluk (Bamazooka)
Notes on each and every track by Jonathan Vaku
The first track on the CD is a composition called “Moka Java”. The melodic line came to Christina one morning while she was having a cup of that legendary blend. After a few weeks of brewing the music, it took on an uplifting aroma that shaped the final piece. This one really percolates!
“Booty Bounce” was influenced by the hip-hop urban sounds that Christina hears all the time when she strolls down her favorite street, Hollywood Boulevard. “You see an incredible array of people from all over the world, especially in the summertime.”, says Christina. The women all seem to dress to impress with revealing tops and tight shorts, creating a stream of bouncing booty that flows down the walk of fame.
Not to be confused with “Yello’s – Oh Yeah”, Bamazooka’s “Oh Yeah!” adds an exclamation point to a new and original composition. Here Christina puts together a wonderful blend of beats and female voices that create a euphoric pleasure for the listener. Oh yeah!
There’s a certain anxiety that races through the melodic stream of “Is This Love”. A heart pounding feeling that overtakes you when you’re with that special someone. Is it simply excitement, nerves, overwhelming happiness or “Is This Love?” Christina prefers the “Love” answer.
At first I thought “Wake Up!” was the companion piece to “Moka Java”, a little pre-java musical wake up call for the morning routine. But after quite a few listens during production I finally get what Christina has said about this composition all along. “It’s more than a little morning energy, it’s “Wake Up!”, smell the roses and go for it.”
The African beats and voices that are contained in “Whymakeeta” are uplifting, energetic and positive. Christina was inspired to create this work from a series of dimensional paintings she produced. “I would look back on the art and the music just flowed”, says Christina.
I don’t know what Christina had in mind when she composed “Spanish Knights” but for me it’s Don Quixote. It’s farcical yet serious, reflecting the knightly virtues and satirical situations of this imaginative work. I’m transported from a mundane world to a world of musical imagination. Hey Sancho, is that a giant or am I just tilting at windmills?
I’ve asked Christina many times: “How can you live in LA and not drive?” “It’s not that tough,” she replies, “We have a great transit system in LA.” On her recommendation I tried not driving for a while. It was very easy to get around, took a bit longer than a car and, all in all, was quite pleasurable however; I still like my car. A typical day on the LA transit system (the Metro) is the inspiration for “Metro Madness”.
“I go down to Chinatown in LA quite a bit,” states Christina, “It’s quite relaxing to stroll around the streets, outdoor marketplace and indoor shops on a Sunday afternoon.” “Eastern Western” reflects the contrast that Christina feels envelopes the Chinese settlement (Eastern) in the Los Angeles basin (Western).
“It’s electronic passion,” says Christina, “It makes you want to move, dance…” “That it does.” I responded, “But what do we call it?” After quite a few listens we both agreed that the synth sounded like it was saying, “I Want You Too”. We both heard quite a few other phrases but this is the only one we could agree upon. Do you hear something else?
This one is pretty self-explanatory. We all “Get A Little Crazy” now and then and this piece simply states that fact with a danceable beat.
“Savory, soulful sound's of mellow jazz on a Friday afternoon is what I was thinking when I wrote “Hot Silk.” states Christina, “A tune that gets you ready for the weekend.” I have to agree; this steamy bit of smooth heat does get you ready for any and everything hot.
“Sonic Salad” is the longest composition on the Bamazooka CD and for me, one of the most enjoyable. Not because I came up with the name, but because it tosses a virtual cornucopia of sonic inspiration into an extremely palatable musical salad. The combination of traditional, electronic, neo, urban, world and experimental jazz into one beautiful bowl of love is truly amazing.
I was captivated with the sounds in this selection. I asked Christina what the predominate instrument was she used here. She told me it was a twelve-string guitar. “12 String Cheese” popped out of my mouth. “I don’t like that name for this,” she quipped. After quite a long session of convincing I finally got her to say Ok to the name. “This one’s for you,” she said. “Thanks”, I replied with a grin.
The delightfully artistic form of animation known as Anime inspired the last song on the CD “Anime Amore´”. It’s traditional jazz roots draw painterly waves of musical motion that project vivid pictures in the mind’s eye. This is another of my favorite compositions. It is a artful ending to, what I think, is a uncompromisingly unique musical experience. Enjoy it!