Chris Spheeris | Maya

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New Age: Ethnic Fusion New Age: Ambient Moods: Instrumental
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by Chris Spheeris

Cinematic, transportative instrumental music with Eastern and Middle-Eastern influences
Genre: New Age: Ethnic Fusion
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1. Sadoor
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6:01 $1.29
2. Lanilei
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5:37 $1.29
3. Narabi
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10:05 $1.29
4. Kradeesh
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3:54 $1.29
5. Bata
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9:02 $1.29
6. Soulana
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3:00 $1.29
7. Ghali
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7:17 $1.29
8. Shasti
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13:02 $1.29
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Album Notes
The Story: In 2003, I was hired by my dear friend and longtime collaborator Chip
Duncan ( to create a score for a documentary film he was
working on called “in a just world”. The film dealt with women’s rights in various
cultures and faiths around the world. It called for a score that reflected cultures
in the Middle East, Central Africa, South America, and the USA. In the original score, I
featured several women’s voices including the ethereal and evocative voices of two of
my beloved acquaintances- sacred chant chanteuse Deva Premal (
and R&B singer Martha Redbone ( in 2004, I was awarded an Emmy
for the score. In 2006, I decided to elaborate on several of the themes and create full
compositions of them. I enlisted another dear friend, Eric Zang (, who
added percussion, chant, and flutes to the growing arrangements. At that point life
took me in many directions and I shelved the project for the time. In 2010, I was
cleaning off a hard drive in my studio, and I discovered the songs that I’d all but
forgotten about. Upon listening to them, I felt inspired to develop them further. I
composed three new pieces for the project, and for Christmas of 2011, “Maya (and the
eight illusions)” was complete.
The Characters:
Chris Spheeris: sound designer & graphic designer
Eric Zang: Middle-Eastern Percussion, male vocal chants and flutes
Saman Mahmoudi: additional vocals
Deva Premal: the most beautiful of “ahhs” on “Lanilei” and “sadoor”
Martha Redbone: soulful voice on “soulana”
Steven James: Sarod & violin on “Ghali”
Alan Ames: voilin on “Narabi” Courtney Yeates: cello on “Narabi”
I invented words for the titles to these pieces based on how they felt to me. Hopefully,
the “words” are as non-literal as the compositions. Any meaning in any language is
purely incidental. Yes, some of the chants are devotional, but I see every act of
creation as devotional. In short, I wish you inspiring listening experiences with this
work. I have dreamed, meditated, made love to, and danced to this music. This work has
assisted me in becoming increasingly aware of the entire body as a receptor and
responder to sound. The ears are only the beginning. Everything is vibration.


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