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Tek Tek Ensemble

by Tek Tek Ensemble

An International Blend of Unbridled Festivity
Genre: World: Central American
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1. La Esperanza Olvidado
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2. The Black Flamingo
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3. El Lobito Blanco
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4. Sweet Drum and the Neon Light
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5. La Cantada De Cesárea Tinajero
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6. Souvlaki Surprise
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7. The Violet
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8. Black but Sweet (Live)
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9. Hong Kong Blues (Live)
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10. El Marido Y La Piedra (Live)
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11. Fed a Ray (Live)
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12. Tarantella Eternitá (Live
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13. Ghoul Prance (Live)
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14. Palomita De Ojos Negros (Live)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is a special edition double album of two recordings: one recorded
live and the other, in a studio. The ethos of Tek Tek Ensemble could be
interpreted in a similar context, a confluence of playful intimacy and
ordered musicality.

Most of the musical styles of the Ensemble are herein
represented and the album serves as a kind of compendium of the
band’s repertoire. Latin musics are a primary focus,
particularly in the live recording. Calypso, Flamenco, Cumbia,
Ranchera, and Samba- as inspiration or authentic replication-
are some of the Latin styles encompassed.
‘Fed a Ray’ is a song originally recorded by Trinidadian calypsonian Lord Beginner in
London in the 1950s and is sung in the West African Yoruba
language. ‘El Marido y La Piedra’ is a Panamanian cumbia gleaned
from a 1960s ethnomusical anthology (the original feel of this
piece is unknown and is, to my knowledge, previously
unrecorded.) ‘La Palomita de Ojos Negros’ is a Mexican Ranchera
in the German-influenced polka style typical of Northern Mexican
conjunto music.

Apart from these renditions, many of the songs have been written
in the last few years in an attempt to incorporate the world’s
festive music into on performance. ‘La Cantada de Cesárea
Tinajero’ is a hybrid of Mexican compound duple time fiesta
music, flamenco palmadas and esoteric incantations challenging
the listener to transform the sky into darkness. Further afield,
Souvlaki Surprise’ is a musical statement highlighting the
band’s previous incarnations as Eastern European specialists.
The song goes beyond the typical clichés of the genre and mixes
elements of the avant garde: unusual modulations, unsettling
metre changes and a flamencoesque violin insertion. ‘Ghoul
Prance’ pushes the hybridization even further with a mixing of
Balkan Big Band, Samba, awkward quintuplets and
Iraqi-pop-inspired vocals.

Most of the ensemble are trained jazz musicians and apart from
the considerable amount of improvisation in almost every track,
this album contains several American-style songs: a Hoagy
Carmichael cover ‘Hong Kong Blues’ (performed here in LasVegas
Grind style) as well as the original compositions ‘Sweet Drum
and the Neon Light’ (a 1940s style jazz song with Beat-inspired
lyrics) and ‘The Black Flamingo’, a smoky dedication of Exotica
music of the 1950s.

On top of these generally well-accepted musical styles Tek Tek
Ensemble has also chosen to focus on the dying form of the
tarantella. ‘Tarantella Eternitá’ is one of the three
tarantellas in the band’s current repertoire and is a sinister
allegory of dancing for eternity. (Beware of the Black Metal
Franco Cozzo section with the catchphrase “Ce stai annoiando da
morire” or “You’re boring us to death”).

Finally, two final tracks must be discussed. Both ‘The Violet’
and ‘La Esperanza Olvidado’ are original compositions in a
cinematic vein. ‘The Violet’, a Noir tango, is testament to the
Ensemble’s less frantic side and highlights the naked beauty of
the group’s instruments. ‘La Esperanza Olvidado’ salutes
Morricone in a dramatic galloping Spaghetti Western tribute. The
song is also the most significant in personnel changes with
almost every member swapping instruments to perform it.

Although the world’s musical genres are only touched upon lightly here,
the recent inclusion of Indonesian Dangdut and Haitian Vodou to
the ensemble’s repertoire means that the compendium is far from
being full. By the next album we hope to conquer Asia too.

Paul Dornau. 31st August, 2012.

Tracks 1-7 recorded at Irene, Brunswick. Personnel: Paul Dornau-
vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano accordion, vocals. Ros
Jones- trumpet, trombone and vocals. Rachael Kim- violin, electric
guitar, vocals, and percussion. Jim Maguire- double bass. Carrie
Webster- violin, vocals, and percussion. Renato- drums and percussion.
All tracks written by Paul Dornau. Recorded by Steve Fraser. Mixed and
Mastered by Paul Dornau.

Tracks 8-14 recorded live at the Toff in Town, Melbourne. Personnel: Paul Dornau-
vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano accordion, vocals. Ros
Jones- trumpet, trombone and vocals. Rachael Kim- violin, electric
guitar, vocals, and percussion. Jim Maguire- double bass. Carrie
Webster- violin, vocals, and percussion. Richard Wise- drums and
percussion. Tracks 5 and 6 written by Paul Dornau. All other authorship
is detailed in the present liner notes. Mixed by Paul Dornau. Mastered by
Andrew Shand at Newmarket Sudios.


!¿Ay puede?¡ puede hacer a su vez el cielo negro
cierra los ojos y de tres pasos suaves hacia atrás
el calamar está nadando debajo de las olas
palmadas el cielo se derrumbará en silencio.


Oh can you!? Can you make the sky turn to black
Close your eyes and take three soft steps backwards
The squid is traversing below the waves
Clap your hands and the sky will collapse in silence.


Era hace tres años atras.
tres años sin saber de dónde ellos vendrían,
y un frasco con cada día registrado en su sangre seca.


It was three years ago.
Three years of not knowing from where they would come
And a jar recording each day with your dried blood.










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