Étoile Verte (Green Star)

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The green star is the symbol of Morocco, and its' music has been amongst my greatest of inspirations since I first saw and heard Moroccan performers as a child at the World's Fair in NYC . This tune is built on a specific Moroccan 12/8 dance groove, and guided by the piano improv of Joe Strachan.

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from How It Went Down, released September 22, 2019
Chris Cunningham: Cuban tres, acoustic 6 string guitars, acoustic 12 string guitars, Warr guitar bass, sintir bass, plucked cellos, dumbeks, frame drum, organ
Tarek Abdelqader: drums
Michelle Kinney: bowed cellos
Ivan Cunningham: alto sax
Joe Strachan: acoustic piano

Painting: Mermaids —Ivan Kramskoy 1871

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a dark, resinous, and brutally elegant master shot of musical possibilities— lifting (with a vengeance) from many of the world's deepest groove pockets- East, West, and North African, 80's No Wave skronk, early 70's Miles, Sun Ra, and Good Old New Orleans Vampire Funk— and creating a unique and soul-twisting brand of high energy, postnational slipsync. ... more

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