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Mayan Ruins

by Mayan Ruins

Psychedelic tribal trance music with primitive & progressive elements
Genre: World: Belly Dancing
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Jade Amulet
5:15 $0.99
2. Initiation
8:25 $0.99
3. Plumed Serpent
7:53 $0.99
4. Astral Violet
11:39 $0.99
5. Obelisk
7:16 $0.99
6. Cosmic Starfish (Live)
12:41 album only
7. Adrift the Cobra's Breath (Live)
16:31 album only
8. Codex
3:24 $0.99
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Album Notes
Mayan Ruins (live debut~9/24/2006) usually perform with Tribal dancers in unusual venues like churches (deconsecrated & otherwise) Masonic temples & outdoor pagan festivals as well as taverns, coffeehouses & a teahouse. Our sound incorporates psychedelic, gothic, shamanic, middle-eastern & Asian influences.

Annette Christianson - violin
Rob Dorsey – chant & vocal
Ron Esposito – crystal bowls & chant
Derek Garteiz - electric guitar, djembe, doumbek & percussion
Christian Hartman - fender bass, doumbek, frame drum & tambourine
Zachary J. Mechlem – resonator guitar, doumbek
Will Menton – electric guitar, doumbek
Gregory Morris – violin, acoustic guitars
Paul Ravenscraft – conga, percussion
Denny Schoeny - doumbek, djembe, bells & various percussion

We are strictly improvisational & record most of our shows (see tracks 6 & 7) & our studio pieces are also improvised, round-robin style, with each player adding his/her layer over those previously recorded. ASTRAL VIOLET is a hybrid-Zachary J. Mechlem's Hindi style resonator guitar was recorded live at a performance, isolated & the other parts were laid in around it. Derek Garteiz is the engineering wizard who records it all, mixes it down (often dub style, dropping instruments in & out) & Christian Hartman does the final mastering.



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Zahara (Zahara's Tangled Web in Cincinnati, OH)

Mayan Ruins has been playing amazing live music for years... I'm thrilled to have this CD now, so I can hear them whenever I want! The variety is wonderful... some songs are slow & slightly brooding, while others are upbeat & "drum-tastic". I love bellydancing to their live music, and now I love dancing to this CD!

Susan Marvin

WOW! I was blown away! This music is definitely very danceable and most definitely trance! It gets inside of you and you can't help but move to it. I've already played it for my students. I've had it a day and a half and have already listened to it 7 times...You guys definitely have a sound of your own and I love it! Thank you!

Tallulah / Dakarai

Mayan Ruins
I am a bit biased as it has been my pleasure to dance with this collective, each experience unique and moving. Depending on how easily you allow MR to penetrate your being, getting lost in the chanting is easy to do, so I do not recommend listening to track 2 while driving. Bellydancers beware, if MR is not one of your favorites, they soon will be. From first note to last, creating a stirring in your soul, you will have no choice but to dance. ~~Tallulah

Jan Harmon

Quickly becoming one of my most played CD's. Astral Violet called to my hippie roots, the chifitelli and 9/8ths are perfect for've hit me on many levels! Thanks!

Derek Garteiz

Being a band member i realize it is imposible to be completely objective, but i will do my best.
I could not justify a 5 star rating as nobody is perfect (although this is as near as any could come). What I enjoy most is the dynamic and cohesive nature of the albumn as a whole. Each piece feels unique unto itself yet fit perfectly together creating a surrealistic synergy (WOW, I can sling some bullsh#t!). Truly though, it is a great piece of work created by great hearts and minds.

Fred Roberts

Mystical, Magical, Mysterious, Meditative (and Mayan)
If you like Eastern music this is a key album to have - as surprising as it is that the band is from Cincinnati and not the Near East - spiritually they are well placed in ancient Maya! Words that come to mind when I listen are mystical, magical, mysterious, meditative, Middle Eastern - modern and ancient at the same time. The "trance" description is spot on, the trance beaconing with the first notes and never relaxing its grip. Citar (and other exotic sounding instruments), violin and intense percussion create a powerful mind-altering synthesis. Would definitely recommend this for anyone who's been fascinated by the music of Ravi Shankar.