My teacher, James Stone Goodman, begins each one of his gigs by reminding himself and the audience that his teachers, influences and inspirations are the five-petaled rose upon which he stands - in the language of the Zohar, we are always creating by the grace of those who came before us.
It has been my intention to throw out the guitar (for the most part) and create a prayer-music that returns to the textures and rhythms of more ancient folk cultures, which I believe hold the keys to the secret center of the world. My study of these musics has taken me far and wide (on Youtube), and I am happy to share with you some of my musical heroes.
Hamza El Din - is the master of the nubian oud. He was studying to be an engineer in Europe, when all of a sudden he returned to Africa to study classical Arabic music, and wander Sudan on a donkey, collecting folks songs and introducing them to the Oud.
Tinariwen - are a group of Tuareg musicians, who are warrior-poets in the great tradition of King David. They have wedded electric blues guitar to Tuareg folk songs to create this amazing sound.
The Grateful Dead - one could argue, provided religious experiences for an entire generation. Their extended jams create the same space for sinking-in as in the great music traditions of Qawali and India, among others. (They even played with Hamza, in the late 70's).
Thanks for your support! We are in the midst of intense rehearsals, and are heading to the studio soon; we can't wait to share the music with you! Please continue to share our project in these last two weeks, thanks!