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Luis Antonio | Koyari

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by Luis Antonio

Debut album by Ecuadorian composer featuring. Sara Serpa, Kenny Werner, Billy Drewes, Zack Clarke, Nathaniel Vito, Jeong Park, Ken Ychicawa and Leonid Galaganov
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Koyari, Pt. I (Meditation)
3:37 album only
2. Koyari, Pt. II (Koyari)
7:36 album only
3. Koyari, Pt. III (Ahora)
6:20 album only
4. Koyari, Pt. IV (Universe)
5:04 album only
5. Koyari, Pt. V (Sacred Dance)
8:09 album only
6. Koyari, Pt. VI (Love)
6:56 album only
7. Koyari, Pt. VII (Prayer)
5:51 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Luis Antonio - Composition and Guitar
Sara Serpa - Voice
Kenny Werner - Piano
Billy Drewes - Saxophone
Zack Clarke - Keyboards
Nathaniel Vito - Vibraphone
Jeong Park - Acoustic Bass
Ken Ychicawa - Drums & Cajón
Leonid Galaganov - Percussion

In 2010 I embarked on a spiritual journey that led me to discover the depths of my own being. There, I found that we humans beings are connected to nature in a deeper way than I could have ever imagined. Many times I travelled to the Ecuadorian jungle, where I kept discovering traces of an ancient spiritual culture that had barely survived hundreds of years of Western colonization. I found that my ancestors did not believe in one God, but to them everything was sacred and divine. They knew that Mother Earth (Pachamama) is a living being and that we are not separate from it, but are a very important part of it. Mountains, trees, plants, rivers, oceans and animals are all alive and they are all sacred, just like we are. Therefore, we should treat nature as our most sacred temple.

We have forgotten that we are part of a whole, so it is our duty to remember how to live in harmony with nature. In fact, our ancestors were very much in tune with nature and could even communicate with it through sounds and music. For this reason, I found the spiritual-shamanic world so fascinating that I continued to go as deep as possible in this realm. Eventually, I realized that KOYARI (the Spirit of Mother Earth) was communicating to me. She had been giving me a lot of wisdom in different ways and one day I found myself singing to myself the words that she had sung to me. I then decided to write them down and write music that would go along with it. Those are the words that gave birth to this record.

The way I pictured this music was a long, continuous piece that would mimic, in a short time, ancient ceremonies and rituals used to pray to and thank the holy spirit of Mother Earth. In these ceremonies, the shaman or spiritual guide usually sings and/or plays guitar in order to connect with the divine. I wanted to create music that would allow me and the listener to tap into this spiritual realm. I was fortunate enough to have found very talented musicians who helped me develop this vision. Along with these beautiful souls, I was able to take this music through a very organic process of development that took months, until I felt we reached what I wanted: for the music to play itself.

This recording is a result of a long, but beautiful process that helped me grow not only as a musician, but as a human being. This music is a very personal work of art that has completely re-shaped my life, my thoughts, my relationships, my goals and my spirit. I have chosen to share it with the world hoping that it can bring to the listener at least a glimpse of the immense joy and peace it has brought to my own life.



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