The second album by the brotherhood of flute players, Nigel Shaw, Guillermo Martinez and Hiroki Okano, braiding their powerful and beautiful music from three different sacred cultures to honour the spirits of their ancient grandfathers, offer respect to ancestral lands and celebrate the human connection to this beautiful planet. Bamboo Cedar Oak have travelled together to give concerts and workshops in Japan, New York, Jamaica, Colombia and Dartmoor, each journey feeding inspiring sounds, unique melodies and new prayers into their music.
Guillermo Martinez is a master-instrument maker living in California and a native Tarascan, a tribe from the highlands of Michoacan, Mexico. He is a highly regarded teacher and made many of the flutes, drums and rattles played on this album. Guillermo plays cedar flute, clay flutes and whistles, drums and percussion, and sings traditional songs.
Hiroki Okano is one of the most widely respected ambient composers and recording artists in Japan. He plays many ancient and contemporary instruments, works with several Japanese world music bands and travels extensively promoting peace projects. Hiroki plays bamboo flute, native American flutes, guitar, bouzouki, tonkuri, drums and percussion, voices.
Nigel Shaw is an acclaimed composer and international performer, well known through his many recordings of inspired ambient, world and shamanic trance music. His work is deeply inspired by the ancient landscape of southwest England where he lives. Nigel plays Dartmoor wood flutes, long flute, Irish whistles, clay flute, keyboards, dulcimer, drums and percussion.
Guest musician: Domenic DeCicco (Cretan laouto, flute, guitar and voice).
TRACKS: Gattsan, Grandfather Song, Being, Big Sky, Daughter Song, Forever, Horse People, Storm On A Distant Hill, Sake No Uta, Weeping Warrior, First People, Rain Down, Shifting Sand, Mazatl.
Also available as an mp3 dowload. See Music Download page.