Mark Barnwell | Ojos De La Tierra

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Ojos De La Tierra

by Mark Barnwell

A ground-breaking album, featuring some of the most inspired instrumental Spanish guitar music of today. "Ojos de la Tierra" is a musical journey which fuses Mark's trademark passionate Spanish guitar work with a variety of genres from around the world.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Café Tierra
5:21 $0.99
2. Avocado
3:37 $0.99
3. Santa Rosa
2:52 $0.99
4. Mar De Sueños (Sea of Dreams)
5:52 $0.99
5. Arabian Seas
5:43 $0.99
6. Zaahir
5:33 $0.99
7. Matisse
2:39 $0.99
8. Cielos Cubiertos
4:43 $0.99
9. Palinka
3:47 $0.99
10. Ojos De La Tierra (Eyes of the Earth)
5:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
01 Café Tierra

Café Tierra was inspired by memories of laid-back cafés and exotic beaches and generally of being in the sun. An uplifting piece to start the album, featuring a guitar inter-play between Guitarra Arrizza and I along with funky drums and driving electric bass.

02 Avocado

This melody just came to me one night after a beginners’ Salsa dancing class which admittedly wasn’t something I excelled at – I do have two left feet! However, the slow Salsa rhythms stuck in my head and, that same night, formed the basis for ‘Avocado’, named after one of my favourite fruits. Listen out for talented Chris McGrath on piano, Tim’s bass guitar and superb Latin percussion which provide the finishing touches.

03 Santa Rosa

I’ve always enjoyed the ‘Argentinean Tango’ style upon which this song is based, although when composing the solo, what transpired was a bit more ‘Gypsy Jazz.’ Unexpected, but it worked. A simple ditty with just lead and rhythm guitar, nothing more, this provides a nice little interlude between longer tracks.

04 Mar de Sueños

I believe some melodies are just meant to be written. ‘Mar de Sueños’ takes you on a tranquil journey across the ocean, the waves gently lapping as you drift into a sea of dreams. The cello (courtesy of Studio Pros) and Tim’s fretless bass add a touch of class and magic to this piece.

05 Arabian Seas

This composition was inspired by the music of Jesse Cook. His use of melody, light and shade and ability to evoke emotion in music are qualities to which I aspire and hopefully, have achieved with this piece. I’ve always been strongly drawn to Middle Eastern music and to bring out the flavour of this piece, I wanted more than just guitar as the lead instrument. I transcribed the viola parts and solo, which are complimented very nicely in the latter part of the song by some wild improvisation from Tim on his 200-year-old Polish gypsy violin.

06 Zaahir

This is a sort of sequel to ‘Zafirah’ from ‘Exotica’ driven by my love of Eastern music and evokes an exotic journey full of mystery, excitement, light and shade. Tim is on violin and bass and the Middle Eastern percussion is provided by Studio Pros.

07 Matisse

Inspired by my travels in France, and my love of their cafe culture, this piece is my attempt to create "the perfect soundtrack" by which to enjoy an afternoon espresso in the back streets of old Nice. Imagine yourself soaking up the ambience, watching the world go by, and listening to some local musicans play something decidedly French.

08 Cielos Cubiertoes

This song was created when my father-in-law, Giles Newman Turner, was staying for the weekend. It was yet another weekend of grey clouds on the horizon. We were jamming when I came up with this melody, which I think conjures up images of cloudy skies and ‘feeling a bit down’ while waiting for the sun. Cajon, shaker and bongos were added to the rhythm section whilst Tim provides an evocative violin solo. My friend Yannaki from New York heard it and loved it so much, he offered to add a guitar solo. So, the first solo is Yannaki, the second one is me, then Tim’s violin break followed by the ‘quiet section’ (me again). I love the ending of this song, with the combination of Tim’s haunting violin note, bass note and my rasqueados.

09 Palinka

This originally had a working title of ‘Lawrence of Skarabia’ but eventually got its name from a bottle of Hungarian liqueur brought over by my uncle Adam in Summer 2011. I wanted to do something up-tempo, Eastern, melodic and lively with this piece. The melody came naturally and the violin which shares the melody with the guitar, adds depth and an almost Hungarian feel to the music. Al Marconi makes a guest appearance with a fiery Eastern guitar solo. I love the ascending and descending chromatic runs during the chorus which are simple, yet deceptively complex to get right. Tim’s bass and the Middle Eastern percussion are spot on.

10 Ojos de la Tierra

This number is based on a tune I wrote about 12 years ago called ‘Puertamagica’. The original song started off with promise but never reached completion. I’ve taken the melody and added two completely new sections giving it a more exotic nature. For the second of these two new sections, (section 4 of the overall song), Yannaki adds an Eastern guitar solo in his unique style (which makes a Spanish guitar sound somewhere between a guitar and a bouzouki – that’ll be his Greek roots). He also came up with the great idea of resolving back to ‘part 2’ after ‘part 4’, with his passionate and emotive guitar playing gently segueing around my melody line. This piece now feels complete and takes the listener on a journey of discovery through ‘the eyes of the earth.’



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