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by Mark Stone

Mark Stone's original compositions and arrangements bring together celebrated world percussion traditions of Africa and India with the lyricism of the violin to create a vibrant new global soundscape.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Presence (feat. Raghavendra Rao & Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan)
6:22 $0.99
2. N'traned (feat. Dan Piccolo & Alan Grubner)
7:15 $0.99
3. Atenga Omwana (feat. Miles Brown & Haruna Walusimbi)
7:30 $0.99
4. Lullaby for Ellery (feat. Dan Piccolo & Alan Grubner)
7:50 $0.99
5. Keego (feat. Dan Piccolo & Alan Grubner)
3:57 $0.99
6. Karimba Time (feat. Dan Piccolo & Regina Carter)
8:53 $0.99
7. Yaa Yaa Kole (feat. Dan Piccolo & Regina Carter)
4:21 $0.99
8. Mwalimu (feat. Dan Piccolo & Alan Grubner)
8:29 $0.99
9. Kakaire (feat. Haruna Walusimbi)
4:12 $0.99
10. Twalibamukwano (feat. Haruna Walusimbi)
8:07 $0.99
11. Nandi (feat. Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan & Raghavendra Rao)
9:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
Track 1: Presence - composed by Mark Stone
Mark Stone – karimba
Raghavendra Rao – violin
Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan - mridangam

The seed for this project was planted during my first tour of India in 2012. Throughout my trip, I performed with many incredible Carnatic musicians, combining my melodic instruments from Africa with South Indian traditions. I quickly grew to love the common Carnatic music format of a soloist accompanied by violin and mridangam. Presence was composed during this trip with the idea of placing the South African karimba into an Indian context. In this composition, I try to capture the mindfulness and feeling of being in the present moment that characterized my interactions in India.

Track 2: N'Traned - composed by Roger Braun (arr. Stone)
Mark Stone – array mbira
Alan Grubner – violin
Dan Piccolo – multi-percussion set

After returning home to the U.S., I put together a trio to continue my exploration of ideas formed in India. N'traned is a composition by my long-time collaborator Roger Braun based on John Coltane's classic A Love Supreme. In his composition, Roger takes Coltrane’s themes on a euphoric visit to West Africa. My arrangement features the new chromatic Array mbira.

Track 3: Atenga Omwana - traditional Basoga (arr. Stone)
Mark Stone – akogo, vocals
Haruna Walusimbi – akogo, vocals
Miles Brown – bass

Atenga Omwana is a traditional song from the Basoga of Uganda, which tells of the joys inherent in becoming a parent and "tossing the child." The song features the akogo (karimba of Uganda). Since studying music for a year in Uganda in the late '90s, traditional Kisoga music has become part of my musical identity and continues to inspire my creative work.

Track 4: Lullaby for Ellery - composed by Mark Stone
Mark Stone – karimba
Alan Grubner – violin
Dan Piccolo – tabla

The joy of "tossing a child" has greatly shaped my recent musical output, or in my case, the joy of playing karimba for a child. In 2010, my wife and I spent a month in South Africa, where I began playing the karimba. I composed Lullaby for Ellery the following year, and played this composition for my daughter Ellery while she was in the womb, during her birth, and almost every night since she was born.

Track 5: Keego - composed by Mark Stone
Mark Stone – gyil
Alan Grubner – violin
Dan Piccolo – multi-percussion set

My family and I live in the small city of Keego Harbor, Michigan. I wrote Keego on Christmas Day of 2012 to celebrate being at home after much traveling. This composition brings the Ghanaian gyil xylophone into a jazz context.

Track 6: Karimba Time - composed by Mark Stone
Mark Stone – karimba
Regina Carter – violin
Dan Piccolo – frame drum

Karimba Time was written while rocking Ellery to sleep at night. Her reaction to my playing shaped the composition. Karimba Time was originally recorded by the quartet Imaginary Homeland, led by David Rogers. This trio arrangement features violinist extraordinaire Regina Carter, whom I have known for many years and worked with at Oakland University, where she is Artist-in-Residence. I deeply appreciate Regina’s willingness to bless this recording with her soulful playing.

Track 7: Yaa Yaa Kole – traditional Dagara (arr. Stone)
Mark Stone – gyil
Regina Carter – violin
Dan Piccolo – multi-percussion set

Yaa Yaa Kole is a traditional Dagara song featuring the gyil xylophone, an instrument I have played since 1992, when I studied music for a year in Ghana. As with music of the Basoga, Dagara music is part of my identity and continues to shape my work. Yaa Yaa Kole is one of my favorite Dagara songs, and one I have played countless times together with my gyil guru Bernard Woma.

Track 8: Mwalimu - composed by Mark Stone
Mark Stone – kalimba
Alan Grubner – violin
Dan Piccolo – tabla

I wrote Mwalimu as a retirement gift to my Oakland University mentor Dr. Vincent Khapoya. Vince, originally from Kenya, is married to a Kenyan of Indian heritage. As with this beautiful couple, Mwalimu is a marriage of African and Indian traditions.

Track 9: Kakaire - composed by Mark Stone
Mark Stone – akogo, Stone Box
Haruna Walusimbi – endingidi fiddle

Kakaire is my Ugandan name. This past year, Haruna Walusimbi visited my family in Michigan and I in turn visited his family in Uganda. Kakaire is an improvised composition featuring the akogo and endingidi fiddle, recorded during Haruna’s U.S. visit.

Track 10: Twalibamukwano: traditional Basoga (arr. Stone)
Mark Stone – Array mbira
Haruna Walusimbi – endingidi fiddle, Kisoga drums

Twalibamukwano (“we were friends”) is a traditional Kisoga song that I have arranged for the Array mbira. I learned this piece from the Nakibembe Xylophone Group, one of Uganda's finest embaire (massive, 21-key log xylophone) groups. Words cannot express the happiness I felt in being reunited with Nakibembe after 18 years and seeing them carrying on their embaire tradition.

Track 11: Nandi - composed by Mark Stone
Mark Stone – gyil
Raghavendra Rao – violin
Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan - mridangam

The closing track, Nandi, was written last year during my second tour of India. Nandi is the Lord of the Drum, represented by a bull that always faces Lord Shiva. After a very spirited solo performance in Coimbatore, an elderly woman excitedly approached me and said in Tamil, "You are the incarnation of Nandi!" This heartfelt compliment touched me so deeply that immediately upon returning to Chennai, I composed this work.

Regina Carter appears courtesy of Sony Music Masterworks
Recorded and Mixed by Terry Herald (Oakland, MI) and Katherine Miller (Paramus, NJ)
Mastered by Katherine Miller
Album Design by Deanna Stone
Produced by Mark Stone

Thanks to Ragi, Vaidy, Regina, Dan, Alan, Haruna, and Miles for your incredible musicianship and for bringing this music to life. Terry and Katherine, thanks for capturing the music with your recording/mixing talents and your sharp ears. Thank you to my sister, Deanna, for the beautiful album design.

Special thanks to my wonderful wife Lesley-Anne, for supporting the long hours of composing, rehearsing, and performing, and for your patience during many months of travel abroad. To my children, Kwame, Abena, and Ellery: thanks for your constant inspiration. This album is dedicated to my parents, Don and Ann Stone. Thank you for your never-ending love and support.

Copyright 2015 Mark Stone
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Marvin "Doc" Holladay

Should be heard
I have known Mark Stone for a number of years and have followed his work as a fine percussionist and very prominent voice in support of the beauty and importance of the comprehension and embrace of the Music of the World and by that, I do mean the musical expression that comes from the various indigenous people of the World not the current trend of what is being called “World Music”.

This recording is not only beautiful and emotionally satisfying it is a blending of the voices of three different indigenous music cultures of the world. It is, unto itself, an expression of the oneness of the human family that lies within these cultures and offers us an opportunity to feel and hear what is our true reality and to know that This is who we are. Not the chaos and the arrogant destruction we see around us everywhere, which, of course, effects most horribly the indigenous people everywhere this chaos is occurring.

I hear the warmth, delicacy and heart felt voices of these marvelous people and can quickly envision this coming from everywhere in the world as we all begin to embrace this consciousness of the human family. All Art must express this elevation of who and what we are, not what we see and hear around us.

Kakaire does precisely this and as we listen to it we are removed from the distress that surrounds us. That is the power of music, if we allow it to alter and embrace us. I, for one, advocate this approach and all of the other Kakaire’s that exist out there.