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Originally an extensive Global Jazz composition by R A Fish, the first theme set of motifs are extracted from the larger work. The 2nd theme set of motifs were added for this recording to introduce the drumset solo. The dumbek introduction & transitions, known as a Break in West African drumming , was also composed by R A Fish for his first Lyrichord Dics CD, "The Art of the Dumbek". The main ostanato Afro Samba rhythm was originally composed on tabla by R A Fish, which he later transfered to dumbek and eventually combined with his drumset rhythm for this composition.

The elaborate symphonic version is a collaboration between World Class Classical composer/educator and director of Sonora House, Judith Sainte Croix and R A Fish. The orchestration was created by Ms. Sainte Croix ( The World Premiere in January 2000 was performed by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra through a Millennium Grant from *RI 2000. The North African Middle Eastern version can be heard on R. A. Fish's 2nd CD for Lyrichord Discs, "Fish on the Desert". ( *RI 2000 was a collaboration between First Night Providence, The RI State Council on the Arts, The RI Committee on Humanities and the Governors Office of the State of Rhode Island.


from Earth Beats Suite, track released August 27, 2009
Composed and Arranged by R A Fish



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