Frank M | Walking the Milky Way

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Walking the Milky Way

by Frank M

A meditative and reflective aura of sound from sources as varied as Africa, Native American traditions, and the Middle Ages. Solo guitar, gemshorn, and Mayan flute.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Prelude 1 & 2
4:30 $0.99
2. Capriccio
4:23 $0.99
3. Chant
2:08 $0.99
4. In Memoriam
3:14 $0.99
5. African Sketches
8:25 $0.99
6. Myth Music 2: Calling, Echoing
4:22 $0.99
7. Walking the Milky Way
4:57 $0.99
8. Reverie 1 & 2
3:37 $0.99
9. Natura
4:13 $0.99
10. Quetzalcoatl: Circling-cries, Falling
5:26 $0.99
11. Solstice
4:53 $0.99
12. Lament
2:48 $0.99
13. Equinox (Autumn Blues)
4:40 $0.99
14. Postlude
4:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
These works are all originally composed by Frank Martinez. Frank studied music composition with Louis Andriessen at the Royal Conservatory of Music in the Netherlands. He also studied the guitar in a Segovia masterclass in 1973 and went on to receive his Masters degree from USC. He has performed extensively over the last thirty-five years. He has written works for guitar, exotic instruments, orchestra, and smaller ensembles. He has been interested in music from many cultures long before it became a trend and collects various “exotic” musical instruments.

Frank’s focus has also been in poetry, the visual arts, and education. He has created hundreds of sculptures and two-dimensional art, and has been represented in several galleries and collections. He has also published his own book of poems.

Despite his eclectic approach to the arts his strongest influences are nature and children. He is dedicated to teaching music and the arts to young people and believes that art should be spontaneous, open, and affirm life. These are the primary ingredients which imbue children with their childlikeness.

Concerning his sculpture in stone and wood he has written, “My sculptures are abstracted symbols of the inexplicable which exists in all things, tangible forms from invisible thoughts, where stones can float and deadwood walk.” His music also attempts to express these deeper levels of thought and feeling concerning the “inexplicable.”

Frank was born in New Orleans and after living in upstate New York is settled back in Los Angeles. His daughter Kara and wife Kathleen, who are also involved in the creative arts, continue to encourage and inspire his work.



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Robert Louis Chianese

Walking the Milky Way
Frank Martinez's original compositions and versatile musical talents as a performer come across in this haunting album. Martinez often takes a motif and works it over and over almost as if it were a meditation, varying its tone and character while keeping the melody set. This evokes a transcendent Milky Way serenity that characterizes much of album, which has a tonal and programatic unity. On the classical guitar and two wind instruments, the gemshorn and mayan flute, Martinez weaves fabulous musical scapes with high calibre technique and themes. Martinez is a modern classicist with an eclectic reach into folk and mythic material. A fine album in its individual pieces and its overall thematic form.

Bill Risbourg

head hancho
pretty good; don't brood; not loud; pretty proud; homeward bound; cook food; back to the hood; don't be lewd; get screwed; sleep good ;saw wood; don't be rude; don't be loud; stay proud; I done what I could; understood?