A Hundred Blooms extened Mix
This unique CD expands the first song from Alpha Tango's companion CD, Under the Bimba Blossoms.
We asked our musicians to improvise over the structure of the song, a slow 15 beat cycle or taal called Pancham Savari, using the rag Kaunsi Bhairavi Misra. The results were so compelling, we had to share them with you. Predominantly instrumental, with lovely interspersed vocals expressing the powerfully sensual lyric taken from Jayadeva's classic Sanskrit from the 13th Century, this 52 minute excursion is perfect music to set a mood while you focus on thoughts, massage, or meditation.
The poet Jayadeva sets the scene for his epic story, the Gita Govinda. It is spring. Radha searches for her true love, Krishna, on an island in the forest by a river. Her friend sings to her to heighten the mood.
A Hundred Blooms can be heard in its original shorter form on the album Under the Bimba Blossoms. The version heard here features extended improvisations played for us by the talented musicians who contributed to the creation of both CDs.
Musicians in order of entrance:
sitar: Larry Ludwig
tamboura: Tom Fallat
flute: Sura Charlier
tabla: Vishal Nagar
vocals: Heidi Drucker
trombone: Greg Powers
violin: Michael White
clarinet: Liz Dreisbach
2nd tamboura: Heidi Drucker
A Hundred Blooms (51:17)
Rag: Kaunsi Bhairavi Misra
Tal: Pancham Savari (15 beats)
Concept and direction by Heidi Drucker and Tom Fallat
based on "Gita Govinda" by Jayadeva, 12th Century Indian poet
lyrics adapted by Heidi Drucker, from the English translations of the Sanskrit by George Keyt and Sir Edwin Arnold
Graphic Design by Steve Miller
Original painting: "She desired to Triumph," collection of Anupan and Rajika Puri
Used with gracious permission of the owners
special thanks to Tor Dietrichson
©Fallat/Drucker 1995-2005 All Rights Reserved
Published by Savage Fruitarian Music (BMI)
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Sound Sound Studios, Seattle
Produced by Tom Fallat
A Savage Fruitarian Production ©2005
About the Composers
Tom Fallat began performing as a percussionist at age five. He has appeared as percussionist, singer, keyboardist and performance artist throughout the US. He has been composing since age six and has directed and appeared in many multimedia performances in the Seattle Area, including Five Dances, Summer of Barking, Danses Sacree et Profane, and Gita Govinda. He was a member of the Cornish Percussion Ensemble and member of Gamelan Pacifica for eight years. He toured to Chicago and Minnesota with the international collaboration Visible Religion . Tom received Seattle Arts Commission Individual Artist Awards for music composition in 1987, 1992 and 1994. He has appeared four times at On the Board's Northwest New works festival.
He is also the manager of Sound Sound Recording and Savage Fruitarian Productions, where he has recently completed a score for the film "Spree, " which has been distributed internationally in twenty countries. He arranged, recorded and performed on Old Fashioned Marriage , the CD release by Guillermo Castaneda; his first string quartet was premiered by the Salieri Quartet in 1996. He is a member of BMI and has been invited to collaborate with Estonian choreographer Rene Nommik in his home country. He is president and treasurer of the non-profit arts organization Alpha Tango and a performing member of the group of the same name. He has worked as a DJ, music director and station manager in radio and has produced a collection of guided meditations and a collection of erotic limericks.
In addition to singing, Tom plays keyboards, mallets, tympani, Indonesian gamelan instruments, tabla, and drumset. He has played in concert bands, orchestras, gamelan orchestras, experimental performances of many types and has composed and directed numerous full evening performances. He has especially enjoyed creating music for dance, multimedia, and film, including the feature length film 'Spree," by director Rustin Thompson, which has been shown in over 21 countries.
Heidi Drucker is a singer and performance artist known for her innovative vocal work and movement theater pieces. She has created, directed and performed in her own work and collaborative work for over thirty years. Her vocals have contributed to the work of many local musicians, including Mark Barreca, Steve Fisk, and Kenny Mandell. She has created vocal compositions for choreographers including Pat Graney, Joanna Shaw, and Kris Wheeler. Her work has been featured in Earshot Jazz festival, On The Boards Northwest New Works, Bumbershoot, Allegro, Open Marley, etc. She is founder and curator of the Seattle Festival of Alternative Dance and Improvisation (SFADI), now in its 11th year. With Tom Fallat she is founder of the arts organization Alpha Tango. She teaches voice and movement, and has several recordings to her credit.