Gary Carpenter and Tribal Heat | Sirena

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by Gary Carpenter and Tribal Heat

Modern Spanish Acoustic Guitar playing with elements of Flamenco, Jazz, Trance-Electronica, Funk, Rumba, other latin styles.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Akumal Bay
Gary Carpenter
4:59 $0.99
2. Serenity
Gary Carpenter
6:19 $0.99
3. Oracle Dancer
Gary Carpenter
4:44 $0.99
4. Conga Walk
Gary Carpenter
4:47 $0.99
5. Chaimala Gypsy
Gary Carpenter
6:52 $0.99
6. Las Sirenas
Gary Carpenter
3:52 $0.99
7. Raised by Wolves
Gary Carpenter
4:28 $0.99
8. Partenope
Gary Carpenter
5:32 $0.99
9. Dance of the Corteseans
Gary Carpenter
5:33 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Good Times - (southbay weekly) -" Exquisite Spanish Guitar, Beautiful, infectious, and highly danceable..."

The Metro - (southbay weekly) -" ...Renders defenseless all listeners to their instinctual passion, accent with copious riffs courtesy of Carpenter’s deft Spanish Guitar..."

World Fusion has a fresh voice in this new collection by seminal World Music Guitarist Gary Carpenter and his band Tribal Heat. “Sirena” blends engaging Latin and World rhythms with electronica, vocals, and stellar guitar work. Upon it’s release, it is now in airplay rotation on several stations and has received high praise from fellow musicians and music alike.

Gary Carpenter has always had a passion for World Music and guitar. At age sixteen he was admitted to the Hartford Conservatory for his experimental Indian Raga/rock fusion compositions. Upon his move to the Bay Area, he formed the World Fusion band “Montage” which played to sold out houses at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz. In his career, he has worked with such acclaimed musicians as Compass and Blue Note recording artist, Samba Ngo. As well, we was lead guitarist for Blues and R&B star, Sista Monica and has to contributed guitar tracks to Arabic World /Electronica Embarka recording artist, MC Rai.

Garys’ exemplary playing skills have led him to live performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Sierra Music Festival, Sacramento Jazz and Blues Festival and the Oakland Jazz and Blues Festival to name a few.

“Sirena” is his first solo effort where he wrote and produced all of the tracks. “I put melody, arrangement and composition first and then integrated the guitar. It’s not just a “riff fest”, but rather an all around fun musical experience. With Renato’s assistance, we then combined World/Latin rhythms with hip-hop and electronica grooves to create something new, fresh and an exciting addition to the World Music genre”.

Here’s more of what they are saying about ”Sirena”

“Maximum 5 stars” ( Oracle Dancer is currently 5 stars on only 1% of the 20,000 submissions achieve a five star rating)
Also from GB:
“ I had to play this twice (Chiamala Gypsy ) for the review because the first time my wife grabbed me a we began to rumba around the house.”
“This one (Oracle Dancer) just blew me away with the awesome blend of instruments. The beats are so unique that I am totally involved in it. The guitar has been played perfectly, oh, what rhythm. The flute and several other instruments are top notch. This is just too much; the beauty of this song cannot be expressed in words. I truly love this”
“Yes!!!! I love this passion; (Raised by Wolves) what a wonderful world when you can listen to this kind of music. Elation, soul and vibe can only come from a tune like this.”
-“Musically Rich. Great production, guitar sounds, and overall mood.
Great backdrop music for a chill evening indoors.”
“ Well, this track is in my play list favorites and very few have achieved that so I must award it a maximum 5 stars - you deserve it Mr C!”
“Oh hell yea, this is awesome. The Spanish guitar is superb!!! the overall listening experience was very satisfactory, no negatives just a 5/5” Critics Choice Awards
• Seven times voted -Best World Fusion Guitar
• Best Mood
• Track Of the Week
• Best Production
• Best Beat



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Liz Raquelle

The singer on the CD
Though Gary plays very nicely, I am the singer in the song Serenity, and wrote the lyrics to Serenity. He has given me no credit on this album for the lyrics, and as well for writing the melody of this song.. Which in fact should give me the rights to this song. I haven't received a dime for this song, either.... He also owes me a decent sum of money for a gig he decided not to pay me for... This is all a stab in the heart considering we're both musicians and artists. I would never screw over anyone, let alone a fellow musician/artist. If you would like to rectify this situation, Gary, that would be a step in the right direction. Thanks, Liz Raquelle (the Singer/songwriter on the song: Serenity)...


very nice cd. perfect for my jazzy sunday mix of eclectic music.
Very nice cd. I like the world and the jazz vibe of it.
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a musical journey transporting the listener to far away locations
Santa Cruz guitarist Gary Carpenter and his fiery ensemble Tribal Heat have a riveting collection of world-influenced songs that make SIRENA an engaging listening experience from start to finish by incorporating elements of lounge, electronica, Flamenco, Rumba, and swirling vocals with modern Spanish acoustic guitar. Carpenter, a critically acclaimed guitarist who was admitted to the Hartford Conservatory at age sixteen for his experimental Indian Raga/rock fusion compositions, has played with many well known and respected musicians over the years, including his own Bay Area world fusion band Montage. He divulges his strategy for SIRENA, his first solo effort where he wrote and produced all of the tracks: “I put melody, arrangement and composition first and then integrated the guitar. It’s not a “riff fest,” but rather an all around fun musical experience." Gary was joined on this project by Italian drummer/percussionist/vocalist Renato Annichiarico who helped him combine world/Latin rhythms with hip-hop and electronica grooves to create a fresh sound. In addition to Renato, Gary invited veteran pianist Murray Low (Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orch, John Santos, Andy Narell) to be part of Tribal Heat, as well as two captivating vocalists, Liz Raquell and Lisa Taylor. Appropriately titled (means siren), the alluring SIRENA is a musical journey transporting the listener to far away locations where perhaps one might find intrigue and romance and for sure adventure and distraction. The best part is that you don’t need to go through customs to get into SIRENA, one listen and you're already there. ~SANDY SHORE

Julian Stevens

Smooth jazz albums by acoustic guitarists are, by and large, a dime a dozen and many aren't much different from the next. Not this one! It positively brims with verve and energy, not to mention a most interesting blend of sounds and rhythms, including arabic flavours. Absolutely not to be missed. One can only wonder why this tremendous debut wasn't picked up by one of the major labels, though fortunately the sound quality is well up to par. Highly recommended.