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Whirld: ASIA

by PRH

Cultural Contrasts: \"Whirld: ASIA\" focuses on Asia, contrasting musical genres of East to Western counterparts, culturally so different, yet paradoxically similar and offering interested listeners, in concert form, a world fusion odyssey.
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2. Jamaica East
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3. Warsaw
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4. Tabla Time
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5. Caribbe
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6. Inner-laced
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7. Baroque
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8. India
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9. Paris Drizzle
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10. Tappas Beijing
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11. Tappas Vienna
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12. Koto Rock
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Whirld … ASIA

and continuing the journey… cultural contrasts

The focus of our latest work is on Asia. Amplifying on themes presented in “Whirld” [2007] i.e. “India” and “koto rock” [re-released], the listener is offered contrasting musical views from East and West in structure and genre, reflecting cultural differences, yet paradoxically similar. Contrast “inner-laced” [koto] to “baroque” [harpsichord]. Though stylistically very different, yet alike in formality i.e. cultural views balanced with an almost mathematical symmetry. Similarly are the tabla and steel drums of “Carribbe”. Also included are single tracks, which fuse east and west. “Jamaica East” brings reggae to Japan, while “Asian winds” fuses the cultures broadly in contemporary fashion. Interspersed are direct contrasts . Note “blossoms” / “Warsaw”: Each sets a culturally reflective ambience.

As in other CDs, the opening track “blossoms” is the introduction for this in-
House Concert. Journey with us from the cherry blossoms of Japan to the by ways of Beijing [tappas Beijing] to the streets of urban India [India] and in juxtaposition to Western counterparts. Journey through cultural variations of classical, rock, jazz, reggae and in the resulting WORLD FUSION.

“Whirld … ASIA” represents the 6th release of our inn-house Concert series. Previously released: eclectic [2004], Upbeat Time! [2004], eclectic II [2005], interTwined [2007] and Whirld [2007]

All are available for purchase on iTunes*, CDbaby*, Amazon, Napster and other popular musical Internet sites. [* Sites offering free clips of songs]

Reviews: iTunes [2] [five stars] 2007 “…music for the 21st Century”

CDbaby Editors Picks: Concert Hall – “interTwined” [2007, 2008]
“Whirld” [2007, 2008]
American Idol Underground Charts

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Contact: prhstudios.com
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2008 Pa. USA


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Howard R. Selekman 7/30/09 ITunes Review [reprint]

Whirld: ASIA
A Breath of Asian Aire

Do you remember the early scene of Disney’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice, where the great wizard draws upward a swath of colors, which converge into a dreamy technicolor butterfly? Contemporary wizard Paul Hirschfield has conjured up the aural equivalent, being the supreme color master of the sound byte he is, in his sixth inn-House Concert disc: Whirld: Asia.

Composer Hirschfield’s striking fusion of world melody motifs with Asian landscapes is flat out gorgeous. Each of the thirteen pieces is a deft union of instrumental color and rhythm, suggesting winding, long forgotten forest paths suddenly there for the contemporary global family to explore. This is not travelogue music by any means. As lush and accessible as the music is, it also challenges each listener to find his place amidst the haze of modern chaos and order. The music invites and encourages: yes, this can be done.

Hirschfield has a knack for presenting and layering instrumental colors. No piece outstays its welcome. The element of surprise is highly valued, no complacency or untoward repetition here. The melody, the motifs, the characters of the music are so captivating, so unusual, so sharply etched that hearing more becomes a necessity. The whole journey is an exercise in opening up, but with such inviting color and melody that the listener just becomes a happy captive, letting go and being rewarded for doing so.

The final track (Asian Winds) is stunningly summative and life asserting. It will leave you breathless (in the middle of the freshest air you’ve ever breathed), surprised, and utterly satisfied. The soul of a Stokowski is certainly part of Hirschfield’s muse. Take this next journey, and get in touch with your pathways: discovered and undiscovered!