Marlon Cherry | Ancient Sound, Modern Dance

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Ancient Sound, Modern Dance

by Marlon Cherry

Marlon Cherry's latest release covers a wide spectrum of moods & styles from experimental & progressive rock to traditional West African & Afro-Cuban grooves as well as jazz, simultaneously psychedelic, ambient, & organic.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. From May To Nancy
2:59 $0.99
2. Kuku Afuera De Djoniba
4:39 $0.99
3. Pastel Colours / A Tea Party
5:51 $0.99
4. Baila Para Azucar
5:12 $0.99
5. Another Rune
5:34 $0.99
6. Center Stage Is Wherever She Is
4:12 $0.99
7. Sparkle
3:26 $0.99
8. Ballet Hispanico Summer
6:06 $0.99
9. Din In Ten
3:45 $0.99
10. Aveenu Malcainu
4:27 $0.99
11. Pastel Colours / Blake Version
5:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Ancient Sound, Modern Dance" is Marlon's 3rd full length release for Fang records. As the title suggests, this music is based on his work in the arena of modern dance. However, it is not a dance class cd. It covers a wide spectrum of moods and styles ranging from experimental and progressive rock to traditional West African and Afro-Cuban grooves as well as jazz, woven together by his signature playing on a various instruments, including percussion, guitars, kalimba, recorder, didjeridoo, & vocals. The lone guest here is master percussionist Deep Singh (original Broadway cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Bombay Dreams", Devo) who lends his superb artistry on tabla to 3 tracks.

All the songs are original compositions -2 co-written with Deep- with the exception of a mesmerizing take on the tradtional Hebrew chant "Aveenu Malcainu".

Marlon's musical history includes work with a wide array of artists in many genres. In the mid 80's he spent time as bassist for southern punk legends Anti-Seen before releasing a solo ep "Life After Theatre" and moving to New York where he became a member of the tribal rock group Mecca Bodega, releasing 6 cd's with them including the soundtrack to the HBO original film "Subway Stories", working with directors including Jonathan Demme, Abel Farrara, & Alison McLean. He's also done extensive work with Chris Rael's indo-pop outfit Church of Betty, performance artist Penny Arcade, Australian didjeridoo player Simon 7's Didjworks, NYC ukelele duo Sonic Uke, singer-songwriter Rachel Loshak, transgender punk icon Jayne County and in recent years has recorded and performed with The Roches (Maggie, Terre, & Suzzy) in their various trio/duo forms. He also perfomed with dancer / choreographer Wendy Perron in her original work "Downtown Underground" at the 1997 Lincoln Center Summer Festival.

"Din In Ten" from this release is part of the sound collage for the modern dance piece "Flying Fortune" by Valerie Green's Dance Entropy and in 2012 "Baila Para Azucar", also from this release was used on the Cooking Channel show, "From Spain With Love".

Music from Marlon's 2001 release "Elsewhere" was used in the 9/11 documentary "Ride On Brother" (PBS) and in 2007 he was commissioned to compose music for the Amy Marshall Dance Company for a work choreographed by Ms. Marshall entitled "Metamorphosis" and in 2009 he composed music for Trainor Dance for a work choreographed by Caitlin Trainor entitled "Nature Study".

In 2009 Marlon teamed up with Terre Roche and Sidiki Conde to form the world/folk trio, Afro-Jersey, whose self titled debut cd was released in 2013 and is also available on cdbaby.

Traces of all of this work pop up on this recording in keeping with his love for music as a form of expression no matter the genre. This music is a tribute to modern dance as an art form and to the people that he's been priviliged to work with and it is accessible to dancers, choreographers, and people who love music for music's sake.



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Pete Freedman /

Joyously unclassifiable and incessantly danceable
West African dance grooves haven't sounded this intoxicating since the heyday of King Sunny Ade. Sounding like a friendly version of Robert Fripp, Cherry is a guitar player of amazing dexterity and a songwriter of unique vision. Ancient Sound is full of trance inducing cuts like "Kuku Afuera De Djoniba" and "Ballet Hispanico Summer," songs that are joyously unclassifiable and incessantly danceable.


We've been playing a lot of Marlon Cherry's percussive gem.
We've been playing a lot of Marlon Cherry's percussive gem Ancient Sound, Modern Dance and encourage you to drop by for a listen.


Marlon Cherry has mastered a pop sound encased in worldbeat.
Experimental Afro-Cuban rhythms are blended neatly with jazz and West African influences on Ancient Sound, Modern Dance. Living up to it's name, the album is a composer's wet dream with wild rhythms and sustainable harmonies. Utilizing worldly instruments such as the didjeridoo, kalimba, recorder, and tabla, Marlon Cherry has mastered a pop sound encased in worldbeat.

Linda Dowdell / Dance Magazine

The compositions are exquisite and enegetic.
The compositions are exquisite and energetic, featuring a wide variety of instruments and vocals, including some of the most beautiful thumb-piano playing I've ever heard.

Laura T Lynch of

Innovative & flawless mixing of past & present !
Marlon Cherry has a colorful, musical history. Marlon is an experimental player who has performed with African, jazz, rock and even punk bands. Cherry is also an accomplished composer and solo artist. Ancient Sound, Modern Dance is Cherry's latest eleven-track release in which Marlon plays guitar, percussion, recorder and more. Deep Singh a masterful, tabla player is the only guest on this impressive, instrumental CD. The songs are based on the beauty of motion in relation to modern dance, yet the music echoes of ancient times and world cultures. The CD is stellar from start to finish but of particular note are "Kuku Afuera De Djoniba" and "Ballet Hispanico Summer". "Kuku" features rapid fire percussion melding with far out guitar licks and sound effects that at times reminded me of birds. It is a powerful piece unifying native tones with modern textures. "Ballet Hispanico Summer" is a beautiful blend of light, magical percussion dancing with slide like guitar leads. The song also takes an interesting turn into the funky realm of jazz. Ancient Sound, Modern Dance is an innovative album, flawlessly mixing the past with the

Maggie Roche (The Roches)

It took me on a journey.
I had a chance to listen to it in its entirety this evening. It's really good! It took me on a journey. And your inclusion of Aveenu is very moving.

Don Campau / KKUP (No Pigeon Holes Radio Show)

Terrific work throughout
I heard your fine cd today. Terrific work throughout, every track worthy of airplay.