David Mendoza | Birds Fly In

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Birds Fly In

by David Mendoza

Richly textured, colorful post-rock minimalist compositions and passionate virtuoso performance will open your heart and make your soul take flight.
Genre: Avant Garde: Modern Composition
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1. Ana Cecilia
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2. Maxuul
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3. Autumnal Meeting
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4. Starting Over
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5. Carrusel
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6. Bajo los Árboles
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7. Birds Through the Mirror
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8. Flying Free to Love (feat. Patricia Becerra Diaz)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I first heard David Mendoza play violin in San Miguel de Allende, MX in April, 2018. At the time, stressed over migration issues in my country, I found myself weeping. Even though I was not particularly a fan of violin music, I had never been so powerfully affected by a performance. I later described it in a blog post as "transcendent."

A few months later, when I wanted music to accompany an art installation I had in mind, I sought out David to introduce myself and my idea. With neither of us fluent in the other's language -- David's English far surpasses my Spanish and we both rely on translation apps -- we tackled an artistic project in which communication is paramount. A shared vision inspired us to fly over, around and, at times, through language, cultural, generational and gender differences that have caused others to stumble. Our successful collaboration bears witness to what can happen when people choose to build bridges, not walls.

As soon as David started sending me musical sketches, I painted exclusively to his intriguing music which features piano and drums as well as his unique violin sound. Unlike other music I’d previously used when painting, I never tired of it. Hour after hour, day by day, for four months, my brush intuitively danced to the rhythm, pattern and color of the 8 tracks on his album. As a result of this collaboration, 20 large and varied avian-themed oil paintings now exist as visual analogs of David's aural creation that together form the basis of the Birds Fly In: A Human Refuge installation.

Genre? David’s music is difficult to categorize. Certainly, it has Classical roots but there’s also a fair share of Rock. New Age? Maybe. However, while the music invites healing, it's never only pleasantly ambient. Rich layers of instrumentation, piercingly beautiful melodies, and unexpected phrasing all combine to create a sound universe in which the longing heart is not merely pacified but awakened. Listening, you feel refreshed, energized, even joyful, realizing that along with birds, you too might "fly free to love."

I commissioned David to compose and perform a soundtrack for an art installation. However, I soon realized the 65+ minutes of music deserved a life of its own and decided to publish and distribute the Birds Fly In CD. In April, 2019, back in San Miguel, David and I listened for the first time to the entire mixed version of the album. Once again, I wept. Because of its healing qualities, I firmly believe this music belongs, not only in museums or other art venues, but also in the world at large where it will move others as I have been moved. I'm privileged beyond words to have been instrumental in producing this album. So, while David has personally dedicated this album to his loving family, we both know it exists to include and uplift our entire human family.

For this reason, I invite you: Listen, listen, listen to these songs and experience for yourself their power, magic and joy!

Ellie Harold
Frankfort, MI
June, 2019

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Brian Young

A Modern Day Masterpiece of Music for Healing
This is David’s second album (that I know of), just released a couple of months ago. No matter what you spend on this album, it would be well worth it in terms of quality (truly excellent) and quantity (an hour’s worth), and besides – this is an artist that deserves support and a much larger audience. Although I am on record as being partial to his electric violin (what a voice he has on that instrument!), he is a multi-instrumentalist as much as Prince was. The sound quality is light years beyond his previous album (Cosmos, which I also love and highly recommend) and if I had to guess I would say that he was able to either record this at a better studio or his production abilities have greatly improved. From what I understand, this was an “installation” recording at first, to be played live while a famous painter did her painting live on stage. This album contains majestic, soaring music that stands (and flies) on its own. I can’t really classify it as a type of music. It is more symphonic that most Prog, and it is more emotional/romantic and less intense (in terms of notes per second) than that genre usually displays. Although this is an album of a virtuoso, it is the opposite of ostentatiously flamboyant or pretentious music. It is more humble and less braggadocios than some forms of Progressive music can be. This was a great leap forward for David’s music. What is the term for more than highly recommended? That’s what I would use for this album.
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