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Animus - world fusion

by Animus

Animus is an instrumental group of culturally diverse musical concepts. An original band, Animus incorporates many musical traditions, ancient and modern alike. Greek, Blues, Middle Eastern, Jazz, Spanish, Funk, Latin, Rock, Indian, Jewish Klezmer, Africa
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1. Morning Love
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2. Espanike'
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3. Aphroditie's Kiss
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4. Funky Monkey
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5. Magical Nights
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6. Tohkhoro Dans
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7. Meteroira
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8. Doumbaleki
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9. Anza Street
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10. Sagapo'
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11. Rumba
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12. D'ror Yik'ra
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13. Tekes'
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14. Funkimus
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15. Carnival
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16. 7/11
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
About ANIMUS:
ANIMUS - world fusion music and dance blends music and dance forms from around the world. Primarily an Eastern Mediterranean/Middle Eastern/Latin/American fusion ensemble, ANIMUS also performs traditional Eastern Mediterranean/Middle Eastern music. ANIMUS’ original music freely barrows and incorporates musical ideas and traditions from East to West, North to South, Ancient to Modern... it's one beautiful sounding world! The nature of our performance is interactive, exciting and inviting, open for all to participate or just sit back and enjoy the musical journey. The music may remind you of home or of far off places you'd love to visit. ANIMUS promotes tolerance, diversity, unity and peace through music and dance. Furthermore, Animus is here to push the boundaries and borders of music from all over the world to create something new as well as to preserve the oragins of cultural insparation. Over the years ANIMUS has taken their fans on a continuously evolving live experience, away from the stress of everyday life and created a relaxing and fun musical journey, mesmerizing audiences with their unique eclectic style. ANIMUS is available to perform at a variety of events, functions, venues and learning instatutions.

What We Do & Our History

Animus is an instrumental group of culturally diverse musical concepts and traditions from ancient to modern alike. Greek, Blues, Middle Eastern, Jazz, Spanish, Funk, Latin, Rock, Indian, Jewish Klezmer, African. The unorthodox instrumentation and unique original compositions excite the mind, body and soul with an endless variety of grooves and tribal rhythms, coupled with spontaneous, passionate improvisation knows no boundaries and awakens the spirit to get everyone moving to the music.

Accomplishments: Animus has produced two Tapes: SpiritDance and Eternal Within as well as four CD's: "Live at the Tin Angel"(1999), "...world fusion music"(2002), "Mediterranean Dreams"(2005), and "The Movements"(2007). Animus is featured on "Lurainya's Realm" DVD, "Taboo Glass" documentary video and WYBE's "Culture Shots" TV commercials and performed live on NBC 10's morning show "10!". Animus has been nominated for best Roots/World Music Performer 2000 - 2002 and Best Local Band 2006 by The Philadelphia CityPaper Choice Awards.

Performances: Members of Animus have performed abroad in South Africa and Kenya with Eastern College's gospel choir, Angels of Harmony, and has also performed around the United States. Animus' diversity makes them great just about anywhere. Venues range from coffee shops, bookstores, restaurants, bars, clubs, theaters (Trocadero theater), concert halls (Kimmel Center), galleries, museums (Phila. Art Museum), community centers, churches and synagogues. Animus has performed roving entertainment in traditional festive costumes at Trump Taj Mahal and Foxwoods Casinos. *Upon request we have several traditional belly dancers, ethnic fusion dancers and Greek, Turkish and Arabic Singers who can perform with us. Animus also performs at wedding celebrations, festivals, benefits, fund-raisers, and private parties.

Educational Opportunities: Animus has collaborated extensively with professional dance instructors and teachers at colleges in workshops, classes and performances. Animus also offers educators and students of all ages a unique and enriching assembly program focusing on cultural diversity and unity through music and movement.

Find out more: Please visit our web site at www.animusmusic.com for more information, pictures, MP3s and more!

Animus is...
Bill Koutsouros - Bouzouki, Guitar, Oud, Doumbek and Percussion
Bill Phipps - Congas, Bongos and Percussion
Don Dinkin - Bass
Elliott Levin - Flute and Saxophones
Joe McCormick - Drum Kit, Djembe, Congas and Percussion

Special Guest Musicians:
Jeremy Dyen - Tabla
Hamit Golbasi - Turkish Ney & Zourna


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Rambles

...a new artistic product that truly deserves to be called world music...
The instrumental group Animus identifies the music they perform as "world fusion." Instead of striving for authenticity, the ensemble tries to incorporate a variety of ethnic musical traditions into a new artistic product that truly deserves to be called world music.

Their self-titled album Animus is an eclectic blend of contemporary and traditional musical styles from the Mediterranean, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, with a pinch of jazz and rock. What gives this CD its artistic edge is that it consists entirely of original compositions rather than rearrangements of existing pieces. The novelty of Animus's music is further enhanced by the unorthodox instrumentation. The six-man ensemble creatively combines traditional string instruments like bouzouki and oud with saxophone and acoustic and electric guitars. Percussion is a key ingredient as well; congas, bongos, doumbek and drum sets all contribute to the band's unique sound.

The titles of the 16 compositions on Animus are either enigmatic, such as "Espinake," "Tohkhoro," "Metirorah," "Sagapo" and "Dr'or Yik'ra," or intriguing, like "Aphrodite's Kiss" and "Anza Street." Animus is not adverse to experimentation, exploring the possibilities of overlaying traditional non-Western patterns with contemporary Western musical styles. Numbers like "D'ror Yik'ra," "Funky Monkey" and "Funkimus" are all -- well, yes, very funky.

The group's percussionists get a chance to let their hair down on "Carnival," "Doumbaliki" and "Anza Street." Equally animated is the flamengo-like "Metirorah." My personal favorites, however, are the blends of Eastern Mediterranean styles such as "Morning Love," "Magical Nights," "Tohkhoro" and "Teke."

I think Animus sees its musical mission as "edutainment." The group not only performs at the usually expected venues -- festivals, galleries, museums, clubs and so on -- but has also collaborated with non-Western dance instructors and music teachers in workshops, classes and campus performances. Apparently they even run a program that specifically targets children of all ages and backgrounds, bringing them together through music and dance.

In these somewhat troubled times, in which we can discern a disconcerting tendency by some to pitch cultures against each other, the artistic work of groups like Animus can contribute to stemming that tide -- by showing us that ethnic diversity provides the ingredients for creating new cultural expressions, that will enrich -- NOT endanger -- our various traditions.

- Rambles
written by Carool Kersten
published 3 January 2004

Philadelphia: Musician Resource Kitchen

...This is a band you NEED to check out...
I'm going to be straight with you. I was NOT looking forward to reviewing this cd. I have heard many tremendous things about Animus and their talent, but to be quite honest, this music generally bores the absolute shit out of me. Usually when listening to world music I wanna beat my head against the wall until I die.

WOW was I wrong. Animus 16 track instrumental jazz/world fusion CD is AMAZING. It has almost every element I look for when listening to a CD. smooth changes, phenomenal mixing (if you want to know how to get a perfect instrument mix on your demo listen to this CD), and amazing talent.

Animus consists of:Bill Koutsouros- Bouzouki, Guitars, Oud, Doumbeck & Percussion

Bill Phipps- Congas Bongos & Percussion

Don Dinkin- Bass

Elliott Levin- Flute & Sax

Joe McCormick- Drums & Percussion

With Special Guest Musicians:

Hamit Golbasi- Nay

Jeremy Dyen- Tabla


This is a band you NEED to check out, even if you're not into this style of music. I feel like a better musician just listening to it. Why isn't this band huge? This CD should be in the World Music section of every music store in the Universe. So take my advice and check out this band live and get a copy of this superb CD. You can also contact them by going to www.Animusmusic.com


~ Joey D

Jameela

Innovative, unique and mind-bending, body-moving blend of authentic ethnic tradi
Animus' World Fusion CD is an uplifting, sexy, danceable, unique and stimulating blend of ethnic traditions that expands your mind while activating your body! Makes you want to listen again and again, going to a different place each rich and beautiful time. The CD features interesting use of rhythm and time changes, awesome dynamics and instrumentation. Yes, Yes, Yes.....

Farah

Astonishing!
This cd absolutely overflows with an astonising array of talent, instrumentation and rhythms, rhythms, rhythms! As a student of Middle Eastern dance, I find that it's virtually impossible to sit still while Animus-World Fusion plays. This cd just inspires you to get up and move. A real must have for anyone's music colection!!!!