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Infinitus

by Mark Barnwell

An enchanting global journey featuring percussion, bass and melodic interplay between Spanish guitar, violin, flute and clarinet.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Jalapeño
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2. Exotica
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3. Forever
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4. Sambana
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5. Celtic Dreams
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6. La Habana
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7. Montecito Shores
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8. Kaftan
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9. The Sage and the Sorcerer
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10. Enchantment
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Infinitus” is the latest release from World Fusion Spanish guitarist Mark Barnwell, based in Cornwall, UK. Work on the album first began in October 2016, when Mark returned from his trip to California to hang out and play with LA based World Fusion band “Incendio”. The intoxicating high of the LA music scene and Incendio was a catalyst for Mark to get writing and recording soon after her returned to the UK.

It’s a little different to previous albums, exploring new musical genres (such as Celtic) and new instruments too (including the Clarinet and Greek Bouzouki). I also work with some different musicians on this album. Sometimes we are guided into different directions and working with different people (often availability, schedules and lives taking differeent directions can have a factor here). Throughout the album is the familiar and very welcome magical presence of Liza and JP from Incendio, continuing the wonderful electric and fretless bass vibes that they added to “Mandala”. Otherwise there are lots of new faces - many of whom I sought out through the magic of the internet, and specifically “Airgigs” - through which I discovered the wonderful talents of Larry, Maria, Francesco and Ian.

1) Jalapeño

Mark Barnwell - Spanish guitars
Liza Carbé - Bass guitar
Larry Salzman - Percussion
Jean-Pierre Durand and Liza Carbé - Additional programming and percussion

With the opening track of the album, “Jalapeño” really captures the vibe of Incendio - who prove beyond a show of a doubt that you can have Spanish guitar the main melodic instrument and really rock! Liza and JP from Incendio also co-produced this track, giving it even more of an Incendio vibe.

2) Exotica


Mark Barnwell - Spanish guitars
Maria Grigoryeva - Violin
Jean-Pierre Durand- Fretless bass
Larry Salzman - Percussion


The 2nd track, “Exotica” is a new take on a piece of music written nearly 14 years ago.

“I have always loved this track, first released in 2008, and wanted to take it somewhere new, exciting and different”.

This version, which has been completely re-recorded, features a more or less 50/50 split of the melody and improvisational sections between Mark’s Spanish guitar and Maria’s violin.

”I have always loved the sound of the violin, the way notes can be played with so much expression, an instrument with some similarities to the human voice. When I first heard Russian Violinist Maria, I knew that is who I wanted on this track to make it really special. I recorded all the guitar parts first, then sent it over to Maria in Russia to lay down the violin parts, and in the latter half of the song there is a fabulous “Question and answer” type section, where we “play off each other” - I’ll play a passage then Maria will answer it with something both unique to the violin yet of a similar vibe.

3) Forever

Mark Barnwell - Spanish guitar
Kit Morgan - Spanish guitar
Larry Salzman - Percussion
Liza Carbé - Bass guitar
Mark Barnwell - Keyboards and additional programming

This is one of those pieces of music that just came to me in, and the basic (very rough) format of the piece was there in about 30 minutes. I felt this needed to have 2 guitars on it - but often you can get a more unique vibe from 2 different players than you can from recording yourself twice. On the way back from a family wedding in Someset a few years ago, we stopped at Glastonbury for a bite to eat for lunch, in “Excalibur” (note the Mandala connection!). Upon exiting the premises, I heard someone playing some Al Di Meola style guitar music down the road. This level of proficiency was way beyond what I was expecting to hear, so I popped down to chat with the person creating this wonderful music. It turned out to be a chap called Kit Morgan - and although I was surprised to find him out busking and sadly not earning very much, I was not surprised to learn that he’d toured with Curved Air, Vanessa Mae, Jethro Tull and many more. We had a long chat about Pedro Maldonado guitars - which is the main guitar I use on this album - and I discovered he had been after one for some time, so I put him in touch with a friend who I knew had one for sale. So both guitar parts on this track are played on Maldonado’s - with Kit taking on the harmony parts and also the solo with great aplomb.


4) Sambana

Mark Barnwell - Spanish guitars
Larry Salzman - Percussion
Liza Carbé - Bass guitar
Jean-Pierre Durand and Liza Carbé - Additional programming and percussion


This is actually a tune that I wrote back in 2008, and although I recorded it back then, I was never quite happy enough with it for it to make it onto the CD at the time (called “Exotica”). I was not happy with the solo section or the percussion, and at the time, not connected with the right people to be a part of making it work. Fast forward ten years, and my creativity has increased, I knew exactly what the solo section needed, and with Liza and JP being on production credits, they knew just what to do. This is, by my standards, quite a jazzy tune, with a kind of East Coast USA vibe to it!


5) Celtic Dreams

Mark Barnwell - Spanish guitar
Maria Grigoryeva - Violin
Larry Salzman - Percussion
Liza Carbé - Bass guitar
Mark Barnwell - Keyboards and additional programming

Having found out from a DNA test that I am 46.5% Celtic (that being the majority of heritage, and there’s some Spanish and even Indian in there too!) - I thought it appropriate to write something with a bit of a Celtic twist to it. A touch of Loreena McKennitt, a touch of Enya and a touch of me, all rolled into one. Again, Maria’s superb violin interplay with the guitar are one of the things that makes this truly magical.

6) La Habana

Mark Barnwell - Spanish guitar
Jean-Pierre Durand - Spanish guitar
Larry Salzman - Percussion
Liza Carbé - Bass guitar

One of my most popular pieces is “Avocado” from the 2003 “Ojos de la Tierra” CD. Why this is I really am not sure, but I guess it has a kind of familiar Latin / Buena Vista social club type vibe going on. So I thought I’d do a kind of sequel, something that continues this vibe, with different melodies/chorus/solos but evoking the same feelings within people. Jean-Pierre Durand also features on this one, playing the 2nd guitar solo and also the lead melody for the middle 8 section. I love JP’s vibe and groove and think that our styles compliment each other well.

7) Montecito Shores

Mark Barnwell - Spanish guitar, Electric guitar
Larry Salzman - Percussion
Liza Carbé - Bass guitar
Jean-Pierre Durand and Liza Carbé - Additional programming and percussion

When I was in California in October 2016, I journeyed up to Montecito for a few days with Jim and Stella. I was quite taken with the place and had many dips in the sea, which was just 5 minutes walk from our hotel. This is my attempt to capture the laid-back vibe of Montecito.


8) Kaftan

Mark Barnwell - Spanish guitar, Greek Bouzouki
Maria Grigoryeva - Violin
Larry Salzman - Percussion
Liza Carbé - Bass guitar

None of my albums would be complete without a journey East, and Kaftan does exactly that. To fit the vibe of this style of music, I really wanted a violin part, so in this tune, the violin actually takes a more lead role than the guitar does. This also features some lead playing on the Greek Bouzouki, which is a first from me, along with a few Spanish guitar interludes segued between the brilliance of Maria’s violin.


9) The Sage and the Sorcerer

Mark Barnwell - Spanish guitar, Steel String guitar
Francesco Ganassin - Armenian Duduk, Clarinet
Larry Salzman - Percussion
Liza Carbé - Bass guitar

A bit of a compositional departure for me this one, as it features throughout virtually equal amounts of Spanish Guitar and Clarinet. Often music evolves in a way you didn’t expect - it started out with me searching for an Armenian Duduk player (not that easy find in Cornwall!) - but I eventually found one in the form of Francesco via airgigs - based in Italy. I sent him the track to add some Duduk improv to, but he later explained after adding some intro Duduk that the instrument was perhaps a bit too limited to be featured through out the whole song and integrate easily with the different chords and key changes that I’d used, so suggested a different instrument for the rest of the song, for which I chose the Clarinet. I was so pleased with what he played that I redid virtually of my improvisational guitar parts in order to fit better with what he had played. The result is most epic piece to date, coming in a just under 10 minutes long! I love the interplay throughout between the guitar and the clarinet, which is befitting of the title. I’ll leave it to you to decide which is the sage and which is the sorcerer.


10) Enchantment

Mark Barnwell - Spanish guitar
Ian Smith - Flute
Larry Salzman - Percussion
Jean-Pierre Durand - Fretless bass
Mark Barnwell - Keyboards

The final track on the album takes us in a more New Age type direction (along with “Forever”) - featuring this time the flute alongside the Spanish guitar. I was in one of my “Unicorns and piskies in the forest” states of mind when I wrote this. I think Ian’s flute, Larry’s percussion and JP’s fretless bass add some real magic to this piece, which will hopefully leave you “enchanted” by the end of it.


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