Loren Nerell / Mark Seelig "Tree Of Life" CD
Long awaited collaboration of Long Beach, California resident and gamelan master Loren Nerell and German based shamanic healer Mark Seelig saw the light toward the end of April 2014 on Projekt. 4-panel digipak comes with awe-inspiring "Tree Of Life" cover and additional "Ring Of Chaos 4" inside and back images created by renowned US fractal art manipulator and deviantArt member, Tom Wilcox. Thus visual splendor is immediately achieved!!!
20-minute "Wacah Chan" unfolds the journey with tranquilizing wildlife field recordings, precisely amalgamated with Mark Seelig's wailing overtone wizardry and guarded by distant drone. Additional enigmatic tinkles and elusive tribal drumming join the stage along with ceremonial chants. Flute and ocarina murmurs permeate here and there. Steve Roach is credited for his ocarina performance. Ingeniously sculpted multicultural auralscape awaits here, absolutely magnificent!!! "Cintamani" attracts with its lazy groovy rhythm, deeply mesmerizing and again richly infused with primordial earmarks of both protagonists. And Max Link (Mark Seelig's step-son) delivers his talent on ibo drum. A high-spirited elixir for my ears!!! "Yggdrasil" masterfully bridges arsenal of tribal artifacts with eerie roars, once again strongly hypnotic and mind-expanding escapade showcasing all performing tribesmen at the very top of their distinctive musicianship. "Kayon" is announced by gentle waves washing against the shoreline, but soon this soothing scenery is merged with intangible chants by Kathrine Wright and sparse gamelan textures, which slowly magnify and secure the center stage with its mysteriously fragranced tinkling realms. Guest list keeps on expanding as Gabi Link steps in with her performance on saron (a traditional instrument in gamelan). By the way, at the end of August Gabi became Mrs. Seelig, congratulations!!! And kudos to all performers, because the listener is transported directly to Bali to experience unique culture filled with immense spirituality. With "Acacia" the listening room is pervaded with oriental perfume of Hindustani classical music, when Pankaj Mishra from India reveals his exceptional mastery in playing sarangi. This bowed, short-necked stringed instrument adds with its crying sound another strongly immersing ethnographical dimension and when efficiently counterpointed with serenely embracing natural sounds, the result of this filigree fusion is deeply meditative and intensely expressive. But this magical aural bliss continues also though the closing piece, 11-minute "Arbor Vitae", when the primary stage is stolen by gorgeously nuanced contemplative flute and hazed by wetland field recordings, leaded by mesmerizing croaks of, I believe, tree frogs and chirping cicadas, with some backing by tambura-like drones. Spellbindingly rewarding conclusion!!!
With "Tree Of Life" each dedicated seeker of extraordinary sonic territories encounters a profoundly rich, intriguingly perfumed, yet splendidly compact and ingeniously equilibrated potpourri of divergent, but quintessential musical ingredients ranging from the Americas through South Asia to Indonesian cultures. Both, Loren Nerell & Mark Seelig have confirmed once more their status of true sonic explorers and innovators, and like-minded virtuosos, who met on the stage for the first time during the 2010 SoundQuest Fest in Tucson. Four years later we can celebrate this magically transporting masterwork!!! And huge compliments also to all other, above mentioned contributors!!! A milestone!!!
Richard Gürtler (Oct 05, 2014, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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