Randy Granger | The Roswell Incident

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The Roswell Incident

by Randy Granger

The enigmatic Hang Drum featured here with Didgeridoo, Native American and Anasazi flutes, percussion, spoken word and haunting vocals. Soothing, mystical and meditative music in the Ambient/Chill genre. As profiled on National Public Radio's "Sound Clip"
Genre: New Age: Adult Alternative
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1. Mi Corazon
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2. Full Moon Insomnia
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3. Spiral in Beauty
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4. Solstice (song For Ancho)
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5. Hang Jig
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6. Dancing At the Totem - With Poet Wayne Crawford
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7. Lavender Lover Lullaby
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8. Hang Goes the Weazel
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9. Amazing Hang
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10. Gu Groove
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Roswell Incident transports the listener on a journey of sound exploration through Hang drum rhythms. Solo and layered Hang pieces weave through myriad moods ranging from simple and elegant to complex Tabla-like polyrhythms. Other songs employ additional instruments that complement the Hang including Randy's masterful Native American flute playing, Didgeridoo, Percussion, Vocal Harmonies and even a muscular Spoken Word reading on Dance at the Totem. Granger evokes new sounds from the Hang using alternative playing styles like using the bottom "Gu" side for a deep "Udu-like" bass trance beat and percussive finger work, even samba-like slides. The Roswell Incident is a sonic road trip through an inspired, mesmerizing landscape. Playful songs sit comfortably next to introspective meditations like Spiral in Beauty and Gu Groove. Powerful vocals, Didgeridoo and Flamenco rhythms make for a stunning blend on Mi Corazon and give the song a truly epic, cinematic quality. After your first abduction you'll volunteer for more journeys taking the listener to a deeper place again and again. - John Pascuzzi, www.oddmusic.com

The enigmatic Hang drum casts a spell on everyone who hears it with its warm, metallic sound. Randy Granger was profiled on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” in an extended Sound Clip feature, July 2007. The Roswell Incident fuses the Hang with Didgeridoo, Native American Flute, Anasazi Flute, Darrubek and s Spoken word piece with New Mexico Poet Wayne Crawford.


Nominated for "Best World Beat" Amazing Hang; and "Best Hispanic Contemporary" Mi Corazon; New Mexico Music Industry Awards 2008. Heard on Hearts of Space, Audiosyncracy and other podcasts, public and community radio stations.

Granger is an award-winning musician, composer and touring/recording artist The Roswell Incident is a labor of sheer inspiration, determination, perspiration and passion. This New Mexico native reflects the diverse spiritual and cultural state and home of the Space Age, The Atomic Age and modern UFO age of The Roswell Incident. It is no surprise that the humor and music are grounded in both Earth and Sky.


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from Jamendo, user: LionMort

Good
I like much this manner of composing, the voice is surperbe for the first creation
I like this side latino
and for dance hall the totem, the voice is suave, pleasant, the flute which accompanies trés well as well as the voices which follow

Aline & Roy

The Roswell Incident
Randy's new CD "The Roswell Incident" is unique. The magic that he weaves with the hang drum is special enough, but then with the addition of his Native American flute playing as well as the didgeridoo and vocals he creates a musical experience you haven't heard anywhere else. If you've never heard the hang drum played, this is where you start! (And we should encourage him to make a poster of the inside picture!)

Lisa Maria

Mi Corazon
Thank you! Listened to this with headphones and caught much more of the nuance of this song. Felt as tho' we were transported to the gypsy caves in Spain... with a dig player, too. If the mark of artistic achievement is to move the listener, to change and enhance their experience and emotions, to affect the listener at even the cellular level, then Randy, you've gifted us with a masterpiece in "Mi Corazon". Orale!

Danae Dunning

The Roswell Incident - Randy Granger
Ever listen to music that just swept you away to another world? Well, that's exactly what Randy Granger's new cd, The Roswell Incident does. With it's haunting blend of Native American flute, vocals, digeridoo, and an unusual instrument call a hang (pronounced hung) drum, Randy weaves a musical landscape that is both peaceful and exhilerating.


Before I continue with this review, I would like to explain a little about the hung drum. It has a sound that is similar to a calypso steel drum, but at the same time, produces unique tones of it's own. It looks like two woks stuck together. Or, as my friend's stepson put it, a ufo. (And the joke is not lost on Randy. Which is obvious both from the album title and the little green alien topper that sits on his drum.)

Among the many wonderful tracks, my favorites are: Mi Corazon, Lavender Lover Lullabye (both which display Randy's amazing vocal talents.), Spiral In Beauty, Solstice (For Ancho), Full Moon Insomnia, and Dancing At The Totem; a fun song that combines chanting, flute and hung drum, with spoken word by poet Wayne Crawford.


The music itself invokes a spiritual and sensual atmosphere that soothes the soul and invigorates the spirit. It is the perfect background massage, meditation, and even dancing.
This is one ufo you definitely want to hitch a ride on.

Danae Dunning

Maa - Jamendo

SACRED
a musical offering of sacredness and homage to the divine ... my favorite tracks are of course the opening song "mi corazon" (just breathtaking), "solstice" (the hang-performance is just outstanding and the rhythms are magical) ... "gu groove" (I didn't know that the gu-side could actually be played as well !) ... and I very much love "dancing at the totem" for the combination between music and poetry ...

thank you for sharing your outstanding talent,

heartfelt blessings,
Maa

F. R. Thomas

The Roswell Incident
I agree with Danae Dunning's review of this CD, except for the description of it. This album is "spiritual and sensual," but I wouldn't also describe it as "background music." The first song, "Mi Corazon," is a real tour de force and remarkable for its depth. With every playing you hear different things going on. Randy's voice on "Mi Corazon" reminded me right away of Milton Nascimento, but with the hang, digiridoo flute, and Granger's artistry, the song is also quite innovative. "Lavender Lover Lullaby" is another great song--simple words but deep structure and emotion. Listen to the way Granger gets out of this song (the ending) as well as the way he gets into it. There are many moods and emotions on this CD by an accomplished musician. Great album.