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Mystic Quest

by Kuimba

Alluring sounds of flutes, trombones, drums, harps and other whimsical instruments are used to make compelling melodies from ancient scales. Travel from India to China, to Africa and the Middle East, to North America, to special experiences inside.
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1. Chinese Gooseberry Jam
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2. Midnight Caravan
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3. Mystic Quest (Healing Love)
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4. Xi'an
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5. Saturn
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6. In Time & Space
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7. The Desert Wind
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8. Yaqui Well
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9. Si Cheza
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10. Shaman's Dance
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11. Happy Drums
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12. Wacongomani (formerly Watu Ya Zaire)
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13. Kesa Na Mie
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14. Majesty
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15. Crickets
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16. Kutembea
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17. Meeting Owl
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18. Congo River
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19. Mountain Meadow
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
To download a free color .pdf of the booklet, go to www.kuimba.com

1. Chinese Gooseberry Jam (3:11) music, Kris Bowerman l
The lead instrument is called a Hu Lu Si. It is a traditional instrument of one of the many ethnic minorities in Yunnan Province, China. A Chinese gooseberry is the same as a kiwi. This is a recording that actually came out of a rehearsal. That’s what gives it that ‘live’ feeling. Kris Bowerman, Hu Lu Si (ethnic Chinese folk instrument),
keyboard, percussion; Chris Ridout, guitar; Lark Bowerman, kayamba

2. Midnight Caravan (4:07) music, Kris Bowerman q
This piece started out as a belly dance tune for Lark. It uses an Indian raga scale called Bhairava. It was also used by the Byzantines. Kris Bowerman, recorder, keyboard, tambourine; John Waller, dumbek; Lark Bowerman, finger cymbals; Don Keller, electric bass

3. Mystic Quest (Healing Love) (4:57) music, Kris Bowerman l
Hear the ‘wind harp’ in this one? It’s Lark’s African bow harp being ‘played by the wind. The trombone ensemble and the solo uses the Hungarian Gypsy Minor. This is the name I know it by, but there’s probably many names to old scales because many cultures have used them, naming the scales with their own name and meaning. Over the course of what became two years I finally finished this recording. It took two years to finish because my attention was necessarily taken up by other things. But it was all worth it because I think it had time to mature. Sit back and enjoy! PS - I was thinking it should be in a movie. Kris Bowerman, trombone, keyboard, tambourine; The Wind, African bow harp

4. Xi'an (4:41) music, Kris Bowerman l
This piece of music is dedicated to the first capital of China, Xi’an, and the friends we made there, where we lived for 26 months (2003 - ‘05), and to the first Olympics in China which were held in the summer of 2008. This piece was inspired by hearing the music at the Baxian Gong Daoist Temple in Xi’an. I created it to represent my experience of seeing the ancient city transforming into its modern form. Kris Bowerman, xiao, hulu si, trombone, keyboard

5. Saturn (4:29) music, Kris Bowerman j
Kris Bowerman, trombone

6. In Time & Space (4:28) music, Kris Bowerman '
This piece uses the trombone playing on an old Byzantine scale. The scale is also an Indian raga scale called Bhairava. I really like this scale, so I also used it in Midnight Caravan with the recorder in a different key. Kris Bowerman, trombone, keyboard, djembe, percussion; Lark Bowerman, kinubi (African bow harp); Don Keller,
electric bass

7. The Desert Wind (1:04) poem, Kris Bowerman c

8. Yaqui Well (4:22) music, Kris & Lark Bowerman c
Yaqui Well is a very special place in the Anza-Borrego Desert of Southern California. The ‘well’ was a spring that once served the local Yaqui tribe. Though the music is more Middle Eastern sounding, it seems quite appropriate for the feeling there. At times it becomes so still in the desert that you just can’t believe it. And other times a furious wind tears you apart leaving you with the same disbelief. Really a truly magical place! Kris Bowerman, bamboo flute; Lark Bowerman, Native American drum (Lummi tribe); John Waller, tar

9. Si Cheza (4:04) music, Kris Bowerman v
Si Cheza means “lets play or dance” in Swahili. Relax, kick back and enjoy yourself! Kris Bowerman, trombone, background vocal, keyboard, dumbek, Ugandan drum, maracas; Lark Bowerman; background vocal

10. Shaman's Dance (4:52) music, Kris Bowerman v
I feel that modern people could learn a lot about themselves if we were to listen to the wisdom of the shaman’s of older cultures. This piece is a tribute to all who are reaching into the deep “mystery” inside of themselves and accepting what they see. Kris Bowerman, recorder, keyboard, Native American drum (Lummi tribe), Ugandan drum, seed pods

11. Happy Drums (3:15) music, Kris & Lark Bowerman y
We often play this very typical north African beat on a set of drums made by the Abaluhyia people of Western Kenya. These drums, called Isukuti drums, are covered with Monitor Lizard skin, a not unusual choice of instrument making material in Africa. Tradition has it among many indigenous peoples that to play a drum covered with the hide of a certain creature is to summon the spirit of that animal. That is why sometimes we call this piece The Lizard’s Dance although in this case it would be The Goats Dance because we’ve played on Djembe drums with goat skin heads. John Waller, djembe; Kris Bowerman, djembe, cowbell; Lark Bowerman, kayamba, bullroarer


12. Wacongomani (Watu Ya Zaire) (2:29) music, Lark & Kris Bowerman v
One of the little bow harps we play on this tune, called a kinubi (kee noo ́ bee) in Zaïre, was made for us by a young man named Kijeke Lemba Lobo who lives in my home village of Itendey. The other we got through a trade with a Canadian couple that we met, for one of our tapes. The drum you hear was also made at Itendey from what appears to be a large coffee can covered with goat hide. Lark Bowerman, kinubi (African bow harp); Kris Bowerman, kinubi, Congolese tin can drum (from the Ituri rainforest)

13. Kesa Na Mie (5:16) music, Kris Bowerman y
Kesa Na Mie means Dance With Me in Swahili. The bass line was inspired by a bass line from a CD by Foday Musa Suso from Gambia. Kris Bowerman, trombone, djembe, percussion; Don Keller, electric bass; Lark Bowerman, kayamba

14. Majesty (3:32) music, Lark & Kris Bowerman v
Majesty . . . an elephant walking with stateliness across the plain . . . the look of personal sovereignty in the eye of a cheetah . . . the lofty repose of Mt. Kenya or the Ruwenzoris . . . a quality human beings are also capable of embodying when they so choose... Kris Bowerman, recorder, keyboard; Lark Bowerman, Celtic harp, keyboard

15. Crickets (4:32) music, Lark & Kris Bowerman v
. . . a wee voice in the quiet of the night reminds us of the sound of silence and of the still small voice that speaks within. Why else would Jiminy Cricket have become the voice of Pinocchio’s conscience? Perhaps Cricket is similar in some way also to Kokopelli, the insect god of the First Americans, who could create warmth and heal wounds with the sweet sound of his magical flute. We don’t know of any African tradition involving Cricket, though certainly there must be some; but always, the ubiquitous sound of crickets provides the backwash of a thousand tiny violins for the night time symphony of the rainforest. Kris Bowerman, recorder, keyboard, Talking drum, Native American drum (Lummi tribe); Lark Bowerman, Celtic harp, guitar

16. Kutembea (2:05) music, Lark & Kris Bowerman y
Lolwa, in the Ituri Forest, is the place in Congo where Lark spent her early childhood. One of the most familiar every day sounds there, as in many an African village, is the Kalimba (Thumb Harp, in English), also know as the Sanza or Mbira. It appears in many different shapes and styles throughout Africa and serves in every capacity from simple entertainment to political commentary to high ceremony. The flute, also a commom instrument thoughout Africa joins the Kalimba on our reminiscent walk around Lolwa. Kris Bowerman, Moroccan bamboo flute; Lark Bowerman, Kalimba

17. Meeting Owl (5:43) music, Kris Bowerman ∞
The owl and crickets were recorded the same night we laid the basic tracks of the recorder and bass. It was a magical night out in the countryside of Northern California! Kris Bowerman, recorder; John Waller, Udu drum, percussion; Don Keller, electric bass; MOTHER NATURE, Screech Owl, Crickets, Stream recorded by Kris Bowerman

18. Congo River (1:58) music, Lark & Kris Bowerman y
In 1947 Lark’s Mom and Dad sailed up the Congo River to the area where she was born and where they lived until the summer of 2000. We hope to one day make the trip ourselves but in the meantime this bow harp tune is our imagination of the “Congo River Odyssey.” Lark Bowerman, kinubi (African bow harp); Kris Bowerman, kinubi; John Waller, Moroccan clay drums, shaker; Don Keller, electric bass

19. Mountain Meadow (4:40) music, Kris Bowerman ∞
This music was inspired by N. Carlos Nakai. His beautiful soaring flute. I don’t play the Native American flute but I have tried to re-create the feeling of his music using the tenor recorder. Kris Bowerman, recorder

v - Previously released on Mawingu – I Remember Africa *
KT101 & KCD102, recorded Oct. – Dec. 1990
Remastered for this release KCD107
y - Previously released on Salimu! Heshimu!
KCD103, recorded Jul. – Oct. 2000
j - Recorded, Dec. 21, 2000 (Winter Solstice) & mixed, May 2010 *
∞ - Previously released on Mount Diablo *
KCD106, recorded Mar. – Apr. 2002, Aug. 2008 – Aug. 2009
c - Previously released on Travelin' *
KCD105, recorded Jul. – Sep. 2002
Remastered for this release: KCD107
q - Previously released on Travelin' *
KCD105, recorded Aug – Oct. 2002
Parts added, Oct. 2005/remixed, Feb. 2007
' - Previously released on Travelin' *
KCD105, recorded Jul. – Oct. 2002
Parts added, Dec. 2005 &Nov. 2007/remixed Nov. 2007
l - Recorded & Mixed between Oct. 2005 – Jun. 2010 *
v Recorded at Freeman Sound Studio, Ashland, OR, USA
All other material recorded & mixed at Water Bird Recording Studio,
California, USA or Ladner Village, BC, Canada

*Mastered by Zen Mastering, Vancouver, BC
Photography & Graphic Art, Kris & Lark Bowerman
Cover photo: Lijiang at Night, China
Back Cover photo: Autumn Moon Over History Museum, Xi'an, China

All music © Kris Bowerman/Lark Bowerman (BMI)
© 2011 Two Ravens Records
www.kuimba.com
KCD107

To download a free color .pdf of the booklet, go to www.kuimba.com


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