Rafael Sotomayor | This Is Not a Drum

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This Is Not a Drum

by Rafael Sotomayor

"This is not a Drum" tells the stories Rafael experienced during his journey of 8 years around the World, Stories about the desire of exploring, about losing the path and finding a place call home - inside himself.
Genre: Avant Garde: Modern Composition
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2. Colors
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3. Morning Muse
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4. Non Retour
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5. Wanderlust
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6. Running Away from Home
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7. Inner Voice
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8. Deustad
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9. Green Latency
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10. D&b+c
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11. Amapola
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12. Supersonic
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Rafael Sotomayor was born in Santiago de Chile. Carried by his thirst for knowledge, he traveled 8 years around the world. In 2006 Rafael, painter and self-taught musician founded the project "TheArtOfFusion" with the aim to unite different cultures and art forms. Also as a composer, Rafael collaborates with his own creativity in a variety of musical styles, always looking for an unusual expression. In 2003 he encountered the Hang, an instrument with a new sound - invented in Switzerland in the year 2000 - inspired by the Caribbean Steel Drum and the Gatham, which is a percussion instrument from India. This new sound is the perfect medium for Rafael in order to combine different cultures and music styles in a novel way.


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Alan Tower

A unique Hang composer
I have been playing Hang since 2003 on a stand allowing three instruments to sing together. Rafael is doing something similar which allows his deep ability as a composer to shine. His chord progresssions (not really a concept for most Hang players using a single instrument) are sublime. He also has an ear for pulling out the beauty of the Hang tone. Some players overplay and bend the metal distorting the pitch, rarely Rafael here. Rafael has been known in the past to hit the instrument quite hard, but with this release he has harnessed this tendency to create some beautiful tracks that elicit what the Hang has to offer.

His sense of color, shifting timbre and combining of tones is exceptional. His way of ending pieces is accomplished, refined and often fascinating. There are some pieces on this album Wanderlust, Inner Voice, Deustad and Supersonic that push the boundaries of technique and composition beyond anything I have heard by other Hang players. His playing has leaped exponentially with this release since his first album. He generally plays fast, mostly under control with a melodic approach. His playing can occassionally be rhythmically wobbly because he is pushing the bar so far. An area of exploration for Rafael might be in composing and playing overtly slow music to bring forth a different part of his being, and the resonance of the instrument. If you love Hang keep your ears and eyes on this man.