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Corners of the Sky

by Anishana

Contemporary improvised music based on Native American chants and rhythms; mixing in elements of jazz, Afro-Cuban, chamber music and jazz rock fusion.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bear Raven Dance (feat. Will Slater & Steve Langone)
5:34 $0.99
2. Fluttering (feat. Hawk Henries)
0:21 $0.99
3. Blackfoot Blueprint (feat. Will Slater & Steve Langone)
5:55 $0.99
4. Peyote Blues (feat. Will Slater & Steve Langone)
4:59 $0.99
5. Name of Band (feat. Hawk Henries)
0:36 $0.99
6. Cho-Kon (feat. Will Slater & Steve Langone)
5:15 $0.99
7. Living Instruments (feat. Hawk Henries)
0:55 $0.99
8. Arapaho Ghost Dance (feat. Will Slater, Steve Langone & Hawk Henries)
3:54 $0.99
9. Shizane Meditation
6:33 $0.99
10. Sun Circle (feat. Hawk Henries)
1:33 $0.99
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Album Notes
“Then the Great Turtle commanded the burrowing animals to make holes in the corners of the sky so that the sun and moon could go down through one and climb up again through the other as they circled. So there was day and night.” 
This creation story is like our own creation story, at least as far as this album is concerned. The burrowing animals who dig holes in the sky in this Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) legend are reacting to the problem posed by Little Turtle’s impulsively throwing balls of collected lightning into the sky: how shall those balls be prevented from bumping into an impenetrable obstacle? Big Turtle improvises an answer of elegant practicality: dig holes in the sky. And so there was day and night.
Thus we have been moved by the intriguing subtleties and raw power of the various traditions of Native American music and have strived to connect this inspiration with our own lifetime experiences in modern jazz, Afro-Latin music, and classical chamber music, since these are the corners of our musical skies. Great Turtle says dig holes in the sky so these balls of lightning can go from one corner of the sky to the other!
In “Bear Raven Dance”, an Athabascan melody of the Southwestern United States touches an Afro-Cuban carnival comparsa rhythm, circling through jazz harmonies. “Shizane Meditation”, “Blackfoot Blueprint” and “Peyote Blues” draw their influences from live field recordings and use modern digital mixing techniques to create juxtapositions of styles that are at times jarring and at other times seamless. ”Araphaho Ghost Dance” is based on a chant from the messianic Ghost Dance movement that swept through the Plains in the late 1800’s. Hawk Henries, a member of the Nipmuc tribe, plays interludes and introductions on the Eastern Woodlands flute that are like”greased lightning” connecting these compositions into a unified whole. Hawk’s final piece, “Sun Circle” is meant to evoke the circuits of sun and moon traversing one corner of the sky to another, thus signaling the finale of this album.

“Anishana” means “where do you come from?” in the native Algonquin language of the Northeast. “Where do you come from?” speaks to a multiplicity of origins in the band’s music: from Afro-Latin rhythms, to post-bop jazz harmonies, to jam band grooves, to Native American



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