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New Bedouin Dance

by Free Planet Radio

The shared vision of three multi-instrumentalists exploring the infinite and seamless relationships between musical cultures through the universal language of sound. A brilliant meeting of Indian/Middle Eastern music with jazz.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Garden of the Beloved
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2. Seventh Crossing
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3. Bodhisattva
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4. New Bedouin Dance
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5. Lalit's Friend
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6. Radio Asheville
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7. Alap for Parshuram
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8. Holly's Groove
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9. Logic and Logos
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Asheville-based world fusion trio Free Planet Radio celebrates the release of their debut CD New Bedouin Dance. Combining musical ideas and instruments from around the globe, Free Planet Radio consists of Chris Rosser on Indian dotar, Turkish cumbus, guitars, piano, and melodica; River Guerguerian on Middle Eastern frame drums and doumbek, cajon, drumset, and other world percussion instruments; and Eliot Wadopian on electric and string basses.

The trio began performing three years ago with the shared vision of exploring the infinite and seamless relationships between the musical cultures of the planet. Not only have they firmly established themselves on the stages and studios of Asheville's rich local music scene, but individually they have performed around the world with such groups as Paul Winter Consort, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, BBC Concert Orchestra, Sophie B. Hawkins, David Wilcox, Judy Collins and Glen Velez; have opened for John Mayer, Shawn Mullins, Nickel Creek, John Gorka and Tom Rush; and have appeared on over 200 recordings.


Free Planet Radio
New Bedouin Dance

1) Garden of the Beloved (Rosser, BMI) - a devotional piece bringing to mind the mystical writings of Rumi, Hafez and Baha'u'llah
Chris: acoustic guitar, dotar, Rhodes, harmonium
River: tabla, talking drum, cymbals, zils
Eliot: string bass

2) Seventh Crossing (Rosser, BMI) - a 7/4 groove with a feeling of travel, be it physical or metaphysical
Chris: cumbus oud, acoustic & electric guitars, melodica, harmonium
River: drum kit, doumbek, coccoon rattles, gong
Eliot: string bass

3) Bodhisattva (Rosser, BMI) - a simple pentatonic tune
Chris: dotar, cumbus oud
River: riq
Eliot: string bass

4) New Bedouin Dance (Rosser, BMI) - Inspired by the music of groups like Oregon, early Pat Metheny, Keith Jarrett. The trio arrangement introduces a Morroccan gypsy/Afro-cuban flavor.
Chris: acoustic guitar, Rhodes, melodica, harmonium, handclaps
River: congas, doumbek, gourd, shaker, triangle, clave, handclaps
Eliot: string bass, handclaps

5) Lalit's Friend (Rosser, BMI) - reminiscent of the haunting Indian classical morning raga, Lalit
Chris: dotar, cumbus oud, electric sitar, electric guitar, harmonium, melodica
River: frame drums, talking drum, gongs, bells, cymbal
Eliot: string bass, fretless bass guitar

6) Radio Asheville (Rosser/Guerguerian/Wadopian, BMI) - from a one take spontaneous improvisation at the end of a long day in the studio
Chris: Wurlitzer electric piano, cumbus oud, dotar, melodica
River: drum kit, gongs, bells
Eliot: electric bass guitar

7) Alap for Parshuram (Wadopian, BMI) This composition
combines the techniques learned on bass and the sarangi (bowed Indian
string instrument) from my great friend and teacher Parshuram Bandari.
The last half of this composition is a liturgical piece from the Gregorian Chant "For The Beauty of the Earth".
Eliot: string bass

8) Holly's Groove (Guerguerian, BMI) - The main rhythmic cycle is in 18/8 (3+5+3+7), is based in 2's and 3's, and has a Central Asian/Middle Eastern/Indian influence. The rhythmic structure is:18/8, 5/8, 18/8, 7/8, 7/4, 18/8, 12/8, 18/8.
River: cajon, voice, riq, coccoon rattles, doumbek

9) Logic and Logos (Rosser/Guerguerian/Wadopian, BMI) - a collage of two sonic experiments
Chris: electric guitar, dotar
River: gongs, bells, frame drum
Eliot: string bass

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Asheville Citizen-Times

Otherwordly and attention getting
For music that is beautiful, complex, diverse and played by masters of their instruments, look no further than the trio of Chris Rosser, River Guerguerian and Eliot Wadopian. Collectively they're a world fusion trio called Free Planet Radio and the sum of the whole is pretty powerful, especially considering the strength of the parts.

Donna Tipton

Free Planet Radio: New Bedouin Dance
Great music!!! Interesting combinations. Can't wait for the next one. Thanks Eliot....I love it.

Rakhal Raj

Interesting, Inspiring
I especially liked the Dotar work of Cris Rosser. This is a new aplication of the traditional Bengali instrument. This also may be indicitive that western musicians are discovering this cool little instrument, an 'ukulele' version of the sarod. Mr.Rosser plays it with much maturity here. The tune Bodhisattva is just great.

roland bowman

7/4 time! havn't heard that since 1973!
7/4 time! havn't heard that since 1973! Reminds me of Samba Seite., Sounds like straight from India at first! Yet there is A Western influence too. Hell i do not care who is playin' long as you don't stop!

Anthony Campbell

Beautiful, Captivating, Intriguing, Soothing, Mezmorizing...
Perfect. I recently purchased New Bedouin Dance after attending a performance by Free Planet Radio at the Festival of New American Music. I listened to it the second it arrived, and have yet to eject it from my stereo. Each track has its own flavor and fount of inpiration. It's great to just listen to each piece and identify the multiple cultural influences culminating in a great work of art. Truly, Free Planet Radio is the epitome of the cultural blending pot called America. Turkish strings, Eqyptian tambourine drums, classic western bass... and a pentatonic scale all combined to effect an Oriental feel... Ingenious. A must have, for a GREAT price!