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Alluvia

by Evren Ozan

Winner of "Best Instrumental Recording" at the 2007 Native American Music Awards, ALLUVIA is contemporary Native American flute with world music/jazz fusion instrumentation.
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1. Belle's Quirky Independence
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2. Taval
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3. Jacaranda
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4. An Ephemeral Dream
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5. The Climb
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6. Loss
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7. Alpenglow
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8. Chiaroscuro
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9. Two if by Camel
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10. Banyan Treet
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11. An Olive Branch
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Evren Ozan is a 14 year old contemporary Native American flute musician whose compositions are heard on his CDs, radio, independent films and in concert. He was six when he discovered the native flute on a cross-country road trip. At the first stop, the Grand Canyon, Evren went straight to the native instruments counter and picked out a cedar flute. He paid for it with all of his trip allowance and has been playing native flutes ever since.

Since then, Evren has performed extensively throughout the US and in Alaska, England, Germany and Belgium. His first album, Images of Winter, was recorded when he was 7, and won \"Rising Star\" from the Native American Music Awards. His second album, As Things Could Be, was recorded when he was 9, and won the same award. He has appeared in numerous national and international journals, including National Geographic\'s WORLD, appeared on television and heard on several independent films. He has an active performance schedule at galleries, concert halls, environmental and charitable events, schools, museums and festivals. Evren has studied with BerkleeMusic, Stanford University\'s EPGY program, and was named a Davidson Fellow in Music in 2005.

Winner of \"Best Instrumental Recording\" at the 2007 Native American Music Awards,ALLUVIA was also named one of 2006\'s 12 Best New Age/World Fusion Recordings by New Age Reporter.com, and was the recipient of the \"Best Instrumental\" award from the 2007 Inland Empire Music Awards. The 2007 Native American Music Awards had also nominated Evren for \"Flutist of the Year.\" The 50th Grammy Awards entry list included Evren as \"Best New Artist,\" and ALLUVIA as \"Best New Age\" album.

GLOBAL RHYTHM Magazine reviewed ALLUVIA June 22, 2007:

Evren Ozan\'s long hair and angelic face might make you think he stepped out of a \'70s boy band. Or even that he\'s a she. Truth is, this California teen possesses a mastery of the Native American flute that, despite his tender years, puts him in the same league as older whizzes like R. Carlos Nakai and Robert Tree Cody. ALLUVIA takes a familiar fusion approach that\'s equal parts traditional, global, jazz and New Age; and while no new ground is broken, the music is consistently engaging and often downright brilliant. A dozen instrumental pieces, graced by varying amounts of acoustic guitar, percussion, bass and keyboards, move unpretentiously from playful to pensive with Ozan\'s flute both leading and stepping back to add to the ensemble energy. Particularly sharp are the tightly wound Zimbabwean inflections of \"Alpenglow\" and the reggae pulse that propels \"The Climb,\" though every track shines.
--Tom Orr

The album was reviewed by Bill Binkelman of New Age Reporter(www.newagereporter.com) on Dec. 4, 2006. He rated the album \"EXCELLENT\" and wrote:

Sometimes, an artist\'s talent and vision startles me. Evren Ozan is one such artist. This thirteen year old is the epitome of the word \"prodigy.\" When I first listened to his latest release, Alluvia, I was so awestruck that I sincerely wondered if he was as young as he appeared to be and as was stated on his website. Call me a doubting Thomas, but no disrespect was meant on my part. It\'s just that this is such a mature, self-assured, and diverse recording and Evren\'s (I can\'t bring myself to call him by his last n ame) flute playing is so good. Well, I doubt no longer! Evren Ozan is the real deal and I can only wonder at what\'s going to happen if he gets better at his art!

Turning to the CD itself, on Aluvia, the wooden/Native American flutist continues to evole his music, this time paring down some of the more frenetic cross-cultural fusion elements of his last recording, As Things Could Be (e.g.no didgeridoo) and slimming down production somewhat in favor of a leaner more contemporary jazz fusion sound, mixing uptempo workouts laced with funky beats (and occasionally introducing world beat elements or overt Native American textures) along with a few quieter introspective pieces. His adroit, passionate, and at times playful flute work still abounds (maybe even more so than on the last CD). However, the compositions here (which are all co-written with producer and accompanying musician Mac Ritchey, and occasionally others as well) are more mature, less \"busy\" with more room for natural improvisation (without leading to pointless noodling). While some tracks are plenty energizing, there are also shades of mystery and darkness filtered in amongst the toe-tapping rhythms and melodies (there\'s even a quasi-ambient album cut, Shavasanah, which ends the album in spectacular fashion). Unique use of synthesizers (not just the standard string embellishments or textures) can be heard at the periphery of some songs, such as on the uptempo opening Belle\'s Quirky Independence which features whirly-gigging retro synth sounds.

Besides Ritchey (on guitars, bass, drums, percussion and synths), other musicians on the CD include Michael Dailak and Simeon Darley-Chapin on percussion, Andrew Dow on bass, and Daniel Thompson, who provides an \"ambient bed\" for the closing track, Shavasanah. With twelve diverse songs on Alluvia, detailed descriptions of the individual tracks would not fit in my allotted review space. I\'ll highlight a few, though, to give you a thumbnail picture just the same. Taval marries haunting lilting flute to assorted propulsive percussion, thumping bass, and bouzouki (a guitar-like stringed instrument). Loss is an appropriately morose, somber duet of Evren\'s Native flute and Ritchey\'s plaintive bouzouki. Chiaroscuro, a low-key yet mellow tune on flute, acoustic guitar, djembe, and bass, aptly captures the meaning of the word (\"the distribution of light and shade in a picture\"). Two if by Camel kicks up its heels with a trippy light-hearted blend of funky fun and ethnic fusion elements. I challenge you to resist the soulful jazz riffing and rhythms of The Climb (I love that thumping bass and organ -- shades of Herbie Mann!) or the pan-African joy of Alpenglow. They\'re both excellent tracks!

At times voking comparisons to no less than the seminal world fusion/new age band Shadowfax (e.g. An Ephemeral Dream), Evren Ozan and his crew light it up throughout Alluvia. This young man displays talent and artistry far beyond his yers and Ritchey et al. provide not just ample support but come together with the flutist to form a symbiotic whole which is much more than the sum of their individual parts. Alluvia blew my socks off and then some. It earns my highest recommendation and, for me, it\'s absolutely in the running for album of the year.
--Bill Binkelman, New Age Reporter, Dec. 4, 2006


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Michelle

Wow!
I first heard Alluvia from Alluvia on a cable radio channel. Wow! The structure of the songs is rich and the musicians work well together. What a glorious tapestry of sound!

Gary G. Hainline


I have all three of your CD's now. I first heard you at the Fallbrook Gourd Festivial at the Welburn's Gourd Farm. My Daughter Patty Diaz was the Festivial Director. I really enjoy your music. You can really hear the maturity level grow with each CD produced. This CD is your finest yet. As you mature and your musical expertise grow the sounds of your music will be even better. Thank you for producing such great music. Gary G. Hainline

Emiliano Campobello

Amazing new music from incredible young Artist & Band
Alluvia shows the continued development in the musical path of young Evren and the musicians that he collaborates with in a truly magical way. Stylistically diverse, borders are expanded as the role of the Native American flute in contemporary music is redefined. A positively charged CD!!!

Steve McMath

So, does the music come through us, or from us?
This is one of those artists whose work is so remarkable that it's difficult to believe that a great community of spirit is not working through him. This is not to diminish his talent but to suggest that it has such depth and eloquence that it is hard to imagine it can be infused in him, alone.
Credit must be given to the entire group, of course, as they merge so smoothly into a single voice. I have wondered before why the cedar flute hadn't been used for a wider range of musical expression than the traditional, but I might not have been paying attention. This is what I've been waiting for. (And, yes, I have heard, and enjoyed Jackalope, as well)

Jon Heimark

What a find
I was surfing the web looking for Native American flute music when I happened onto Evren Ozan web page. after listening to his demo songs I knew I had found something special. When I read his bio and learned he was only 13 it blew me away. This young man has gifted fingers and it really shows in his music.
I also learned about CD BABY when I went to purchase the CD Alluvia. Two great finds in one day, not bad. I have a number of Native American flute music CD's and this one can deffinitly hold it's own among the group.

Terri Vacek

Beautiful
I first heard you at the Welburn Gourd Festival when you were 11, I think. I have all of your CD's and love them all. Your growth is evident! Beautiful music from a beautiful soul.

Claywoman

It just feels so good!
I love traditional Native American flute music and found this CD to be a wonderful departure from the strictly traditional. Do you remember running as a child - not for any particular reason - just because you could and because it felt so good? That's how Evren's flute playing feels - free, uninhibited and un-contrived. Some poeple are naturally more connected to our source than others - Evren seems to be quite "well connected" and it comes through in his music. There is an organic, healing energy in what he does.

Cynthia Lee

I am so amazed by this kid.
Evren's newest release Alluvia is wonderful. You can hear in this CD the continuing evolution of his amazing talent. The music Evran shares with us seems to flow from him as purely and naturally as breathing itself. I feel in listening to this music that the listener and the performer are brought together is a very unique way. Evren is blessed with a gift that has the opportunity to deliver a message to the world that we are all united in the same powerful flow of song if we just listen. Well done Evren!

Ravendeer-One Fire, One Heart, One Spirit, One Circle

Evren, Dave, Pauline and myself bought your very first CD!
The three of us always enjoyed your music. When you were 5 years old your brother was burning your CD's then. We purchased your CD from your mom. Your mom had you sign it for us. We have always been big supporters of yours. You have a wonderful talent. Make sure you let your fans know where the Native American Flute comes from. Make sure they know they are sacred and healing instruments. Do not loose where you come from and how the Native American Flute chose you to share it with the World. Keep up the great work Evren. My brother Dave Loo bought Pauline and I "Things To Be" when you were at the INAFA in California. That CD is awesome! Maybe we all can get together and jam with you sometimes. That would be nice.

Christine
www.myspace.com/ravendeermusic

david bunk

alluvia
the music is simply great.i do not know the words to say it any other way.
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