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Spirit Joyeux

by Various Artists

Spirit Joyeux is instrumental global visual music with flutes, drums, acoustic bass and tambura, reflecting tribal cultures and musical imagery from the west coast of Africa, to high-mountain Himalayan peaks. Film-adaptable. Cultural touch points.
Genre: World: World Traditions
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  Song Share Time Download
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1. Joie
Flora Eyster
16:02 $4.99
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2. Funeral for Nerine
Flora Eyster
10:53 $3.99
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3. Little Mimosa
Flora Eyster
20:17 $5.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Steve Mitchell and Flora Eyster, Improvisors on World Drums and Flutes
Milky Way Music Label Series from Travel in Place Music Publishing
Steve Mitchell was the studio drummer for TV specials "Peanuts" for 25 years.

Three Tracks:
1. Joie
2. Funeral for Nerine
3. Little Mimosa

Instrumentation: Alto and bass flutes, drum kit, log drum, hand percussion, acoustic upright bass, tambura and water.
Feel: This music is a film

Album Credits:
Producer: Flora Eyster
Musicians: Steve Mitchell and Flora Eyster, Improvisors on World Drums and Flutes with Special Album Guests Andy Seal, Upright Bass; and Steve Jewett, Sitar and Tambura.
Artwork: Courtesy of Harriet M. Rosenberg
Milky Way Logo Artwork: Bridgette Edmison
Recorded at Kimbo Studios
Mastered by George Graham

Track descriptions:
Cut 1- THE most beautiful ride!
Cut 2- Funerial and richly emotional. Exhausting as a ride thru Gravity 3-D.
Cut 3- The joy -- one of most broadly-touching pieces (log drum/tambura/flute)

ALBUM NOTES:
Get your global passport ready for this musical ticket to ride. With a cultural pulse, the musicians explore the flute and drum families and fuse a beat port of activity and rhythms. The music redefines the day with foot to head musical washes that match the landscape of the desert. Them imagery is rich with musical place maps, ports-of-call and fluid travel diaries of sound. The musical footsteps are full of rhythmic resonance and horizontal tunescapes. The sound is organic, earthy, joyous, expansive, and sexy. The bowed acoustic bass and tambura provide a horizontal tunescape that is at times gut-wrenching impactful. It is music that will provide the fast heart rate and breathlessness of "Gravity" -- a healing force with raga drones and the deeply touching funerial piece-- remembering those lost. Truly a musical road to emotional recovery for those in need.

The cheapest trip you'll ever take! This music is like experiencing a trip to other continents without any cliché involved. At times the music imagery travels to the west coast of Africa, then to high mountain peaks in the Himalayas, then to Mexico's central highlands. Eyster and Mitchell musical contributions span from Phil Lesh to Roswell Rudd, to Eliot Sharp, and Charlie Brown. The duo and Andy Seal provided music for the film feature “All is Normal,” with Linda Blair and Tom Stechschulte. Eyster provided music for the Lake Placid Film Festival advertising campaigns with Martin Scorcese in the shoot. They have provided studio music for other award-winning film shorts from Flexible Frame Productions (NY and PA).

Mitchell is an award-winning percussionist from the west coast studio scene. While in California, Steve lived a very active life as a professional musician, which led to his winning an award for best studio musician in 1976. Working with composer Ed Bogas, he produced drum music for twenty-five years of "Charlie Brown" TV specials, as well as for Garfield the Cat, Sesame Street, Nova, the PBS documentary American Experience, and thousands of commercials. He also contributed music to "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" with Jack Nicholson, Eddie Macon’s Run with Kirk Douglas, the NBC special End of the Rainbow, David Byrne’s True Stories, Walker with Joe Strummer of the Clash, appeared as a bandleader in Francis Ford Coppola’s Tucker, and composed two soundtracks for comedian Liz Scherr.

For eight years he was a featured soloist with the Joffrey Ballet, and he had a band with Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead called Too Loose to Truck. He toured with Mose Allison, Van Morrison, the Smothers Brothers, Joy of Cooking, and the Coasters, and he played or recorded with Joe Henderson, Blue Mitchell, Herb Ellis, Vince Guaraldi, Cal Tjader, Leon Russell, Albert King, Esther Phillips, Lou Rawls, Maria Muldaur, Roy Rogers, Norton Buffalo, David Grisman, Sally Kellerman, Freda Payne, Les Elgart, and Earl Van Dyke of Motown’s Funk Brothers.

Upon returning to his native state of Pennsylvania, Steve has continued to be a musician much in demand, contributing music to the Bieber and Brafa films All Is Normal and Neck Deep and playing and recording with EG Kight, Ann Rabson, and Kenny “Blue Boss” Wayne, as well as with Averie Clark, Steve Adams, Arthur Goldstein, Flora Eyster, Ann Kerstetter, Jack Fries, Sascha Feinstein (editor of Brilliant Corners), John Johnson, the Gypsy Lizards, Infinite Bliss, the Mid-Life Cowboys, Kimbo, Tom Patton, E.D. Ward, and the Reverend Ann Keeler Evans.

Early in his life, Steve recorded with songwriter Pat Ballard and was a touring member of the do-wop group the Skyliners. With a degree in music education, Steve has taught at the University of California and the Wilmington Friends School and was a founder of the Children’s Media and the Academy of Rhythm.


Flora Eyster, flutist, is a Bard College graduate and studied in Manhattan with Roswell Rudd, as part of the Free-Music Improvisation loft scene. She studied flute with Patricia Spencer and improvisation and composition with Roswell Rudd, Sheila Jordan (workshop), Ben Boretz, Joan Tower, Eli Yarden, Luis Gracia-Renart and Karl Berger/Creative Music Studio (CMS). She was a part of the Brandeis University free improvisation music at "The Joint," WBRS radio station programming, supporting the archival concert series by Marc Leibowitz of the Marc Leibowitz and Laurence Cook project. The WBRS Joint Radio Show hosted Leo Smith, Ed Blackwell, Sun Ra, Henry Threadgill, and Ornette Coleman, among many others. She is a Bard contemporary of Emily Hay, flutist; Zeena Parkins, harpist; and Elliott Sharp, improviser. While abroad for three years, Eyster promoted concerts across Europe in the Outsider-Art music stream, and represented LA and NYC-based artists and projects. She is currently the recipient of four PA Partners on the Arts Project Stream grants. She has appeared on stage with classmates Markus Pinney, Harvey Nosowitz, Neal Grover, Richie Gordon and Malcolm Cecil at Bard College; Steve Rudolph, pianist; Arthur Goldstein, pianist; Jonathan Edwards, percussionist; Mary Knysh (Music for People), multi-instrumentalist; and has appeared on the same bill with Railroad Earth, Cabinet, Donna and the Buffalo and other working artists. Her silver-flute jazz motif style is reminiscent of Yusef Lateef, Ahmad Jamal, Jeremy Steig, Charles Lloyd and Herbie Mann.

A world traveler, her wooden and clay flute sounds are reminiscent of Paul Winter and R. Carlos Nakai, and highlight global world cultures expressionism in ethnic music. Flute lovers' dreams come true! These melodies have complimented short indie films for their travelogue and musical journal styles. Several were multi-award winners. She has music film credits for "Neck Deep," an award-winning short and also a short promotional film made for the Lake Placid Film Festival, starring Martin Scorsese. Her composer credits also appear on "All is Normal" (with Steve Mitchell and Andy Seal)—a feature film by Juliana Brafa and Todd Bieber.

Flora has taught ethnic music courses for communities. Her performances have touched the lives of thousands of children, parents and teachers through school programs. The most popular are “Meet the Flute Family,” featuring over 40 world flutes and “The Jazz Café,” introducing jazz duo compositions, composers and improv techniques to grade school students.

She plays bamboo flutes, the silver-flute family, the recorder family, Native American flutes and ocarina on the Travel in Place Music series.


Guest artists on this album include: Andy Seal, bassist and Steve Jewett, sitar and tambura.

The Milky Way Music productions are perfect for workspace streaming, spa, in-flight, meditation and film applications. Take a trip: turn on Mitchell and Eyster and Travel in Place with Milky Way Music.

Visit: www.TravelinPlaceMusic.com for more information
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