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Sorcerer's Of Antiquity

by Coyotzin

The fist part of the musical Saga «Sorcerer's Tales» Shamanic music created with classical meso-american musical instruments
Genre: World: Central American
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1. In Tamoanchan
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7:27 album only
2. Sorcerer's of Antiquity
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8:06 album only
3. In Tonacatepetl
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4:41 album only
4. ...and the Corn Build Us Strong
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5:26 album only
5. In Temazcalli (sweat Lodge)
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4:31 album only
6. Teonanacatl, Cuauhnanacatl
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5:58 album only
7. Palnemohuani
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4:43 album only
8. Tonantzin
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8:59 album only
9. In Tonalli
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4:57 album only
10. In Nagualli
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8:01 album only
11. The Water Mirror
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7:00 album only


Album Notes
Coyotzin is born out of the dreamtime of a musical nagual, a priest of the aquatic and supernatural sound.
His doing is the pulsation of an old art in the hidden name of matter. In as much, it invokes the work of sound,he is an etherical entity that posseses and is possesed by the elements and spaceways of the Universe that are transformed into instruments and helpers of magic.

These narrations that are given to us through his compact discs, these living stories, these retrieved voices that have shape-shifted into animal guardians, are driven into the ear of the listener and help him become a gift of solar wizardry,a musical ally to the sun, magical light, mountains and plants.
That is the main quality of the music and acoustic experience of Coyotzin’s work. Mexican by root and pride, he now belongs to the world. Like his music,he is an acoustic nomad who shares the product of his dreams and his ancestors with diverse cultures. The music that Coyotzin makes is a sacred craft with his drums and flutes made out of clay and vegetal fibers, imaginary stones and sea shell trumpets.
that are the legacy of many cultures and many ages from an ancient Mexico. All those musical beings who accompany him are Coyotzin’s magical family and they help him perpetrate a conspiracy against the rational Universe that surrounds us and bounds us. They offer us the substance, the power and the testimony of the ancestors of their dreamtime in each and every one of his stories.


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Coyotzin's second CD, Historias De Los Brujos is a mostly subtle mix of various
Reviewed by: Stephanie Sollow, August 2003

Coyotzin's second CD, Historias De Los Brujos is a mostly subtle mix of various ethnic instruments. What I was reminded of is the music used in the "surreal" video game Myst (though the word game is misleading… mental challenge is more apt). There music was used to set a mood, but it was quite minimalist, subtle. And though there is no other relationship between the two other than what goes on in my ears, the music on Historias… has the same effect. And, in fact, this is music that demands immersion. One must have an hour or so of time in which to sit comfortably and still, eyes closed, mind open. So this was a hard CD for me to review, since concrete thinking – forming sentences – detracts from the listening process.

The music is organic… it is a living thing. It is like being placed in the deepest and lushest, yet undisturbed areas of Mesoamerica. You are transported to a time where there are no cellphones, no faxes or airplanes flying overhead. It is a tranquility that is ever harder to find in hurried and fast paced world. It is the idyllic – and yet for an hour or so, that idyllic can become almost real. Coyotzin writes in the liner notes (written in Spanish, English, and -- I suspect because Coyotzin now lives in Quebec, Canada – French), "With [these] kind of instruments, melodies and atmospheres I try to recreate a forgotten world, one in which we don't have access anymore." That my impressions were formed, and, in fact, written, before I read those words suggests the success of his intention. Even though you get make get so relaxed you doze, you will experience much of the music on an visceral level. By doze, I do not mean sleep, just a more lulled and relaxed state.

Flutes, warm drums, shakers, sonic effects, and voice make up only a part of Coyotzin's sound palette. In fact, those really only are broad categories, since within each there are a variety of types – in the category of percussion alone Coytozin employs no fewer than 11 different types of drum. "Also I used for the first time," he writes, "functional replicas of quadruple flutes found in Teotihucan and the Maya zone and triple flutes from Tenenexpan and the [three] Zapotes sites."

The is mostly ambient and atmospheric in nature, from pieces like "In Tamoanch´" and "Los Brujos De La Antiqüedad" which begin the album, to "Tonantzin" which is both minimalist, in that is mainly water effects and spoken word -- hose words are in an "ancient Mexican language [taken from the…] 'nican mophua codex'". In between there is the more rhythmically active "…Y El Maíz Nos Volviöo Fuertes (And The Corn Build Us Strong)" and the upbeat and, in any other context, whimsical "In Tonalli." Cheerful birds chirp accompanied by flute, which sometimes whinnies just like the horse hoof like percussive beats. This sunny arrangement mirrors the meaning of the word in the title – the sun, though an alternative (related) reference is to the "sacred calendar." "In Nagulalli" is darker, the term referring to "the unknown."

A very beautiful, though overall very understated, suite of music is Historias De Los Brujos. It flows together of a piece, only subtle rhythmic changes to guide your way. Though it is not a concept album per se, in that there is no sequential or chronological narrative thread linking each piece, it is a concept album in…well, in concept. Coyotzin provides in the liner notes historical context for each of the pieces; Historias… is part one of a planned larger concept of Coyotzin's which would encompass many more Mesoamerican cultures. Those represented here in part one are Teotihucan and Toltec. It does leave you with the impression that pre-Columbian Mesoamericans lived a bucolic and simple life, but archeology tells us that that isn't quite so. Nevertheless, the music here is meant to tap into one's more spiritual side, and in that it succeeds, and does so wonderfully.

Rating: 5/5