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Mystic Caravan

by Peter Ross

Passionate and hypnotic world music performed on the Shakuhachi and ethnic bamboo flutes, accompanied by some of the finest world musicians.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Mystic Caravan
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2. Rhythm Trance
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3. By Moonlight
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4. Journey at Dusk
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5. Benares Trilogy
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6. Lullaby of Itsugi Village
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Album Notes
"Peter Ross is a natural improviser who has the rare ability to get into a creative zone in the recording studio and play with great feeling and spontaneity." -Ray Brooks, Author of "Blowing Zen."

"Mystic Caravan", Peter's most rhythmic and lyrical recording, captures the exotic flavors of India, Africa, Japan, the Middle East, Jamaica and more. Richly rhythmic, multi-layered and full of world class musicianship, it includes five original compositions by Peter Ross and one Japanese folk song set to a reggae beat.

Highlighting this recording are the hypnotic rhythms of the Tabla. This unique drum of India adds an exciting and exotic touch to the music. Also joining Peter are some very fine musicians from around the world.

Peter Ross: Shakuhachi, bamboo flutes & Bass Silver Flute
Gary Haggerty: Viola & sarod
Leif Totusek: Guitar
Satnam Ramgotra:Tabla
Will Dowd: Percussion & piano
Phil Sparks: Bass
Shantha Benegal: Vocals

Originally from New York City Peter Ross started out playing Jazz on the saxophone. Later, while living in Berkeley, California he heard the Zen flute of Japan; the Shakuhachi. He studied this hauntingly beautiful flute with three Japanese masters.

Peter spent three years traveling to over 30 countries collecting musical ideas and cultural influences. These experiences are reflected in his compositions and recordings.

From 1992 to 2003 Peter resided in Seattle, WA, where he was very active as a shakuhachi performer, teacher and flute maker. Peter currently resides in Costa Rica where he continues to perform and teach. He has produced 5 CD's of his original music and is in demand as a studio musician, teacher and performer. His recordings air weekly on NPR's "Echoes". "Echoes" plays Peter's recordings weekly on over 160 stations.

As a player, Peter brings his uniquely innovative style to the shakuhachi. He plays with great feeling and creativity. Strongly influenced by jazz, Peter uses his improvisational skills to transcend traditional shakuhachi playing styles.

A multi-instrumentalist, Peter plays many different sizes of Shakuhachi, as well as an Arabian flute he created, a South Indian flute (bansuri), various bamboo flutes and the bass silver flute. Experimentation for him is a given.

Besides playing the traditional flute music of Japan, Peter composes world music melodies for his CD's that combine his love of music from Africa, Bali, India, Japan and the Middle East.

He's very innovative and uses musicians and instruments from all over the world to great advantage.

For example he recently composed an African melody. He played it on a Japanese Shakuhachi, and was accompanied in the recording studio by an Indian tabla player, an African guitarist, a Jazz bassist and a Celtic viola player. And it works beautifully.

He uses the finest musicians from around the world to accompany him on his passionate and hypnotic recordings. His music has appeared on soundtracks for both film and television.

After you listen to any one of Peter Ross's five original recordings you'll agree that his is a unique and original talent worth listening to over and over again.



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Ray Brooks

Peter's best recording by far. So good I had to stop working and write this rev
Peter's best recording by far. It's so good I had to stop working and write this review. Great grooves, especially on the title track; Mystic Caravan. Well recorded, great playing by Peter and all the musicians. Hopefully other shakuhachi players will get a chance to hear this original and inovative recording.

Larry Laverne

Beautifully done, exotic and mystical.
Peter has succeded in creating a beautiful blend of exotic sounds and rhythms that move the listener to far off exotic places. Each track has its own identity and purpose. What a rich experience in listening pleasure.

Brian Ritchie

I really enjoyed listening to "Mystic Caravan."
I really enjoyed listening to "Mystic Caravan". Besides Peter's flute playing I also like the Indian vocals and the guitar playing a lot. Of course all the musicians are quite good. It's nice to hear Peter doing such original things with Shakuhachi.

Gregg Graff

This is just a great CD!
MYSTIC CARAVAN takes you on a wonderful journey driven by the haunting melodies of Peter Ross's Shakuhachi flute. Filled with the spirit of life. . . energetic, meditative and reflective. Every cut is superb... one of my TOP 10 CD's.