As we reboot the CD project on Kickstarter,  we also realized we needed to update the project to make it current, so we  decided to include two new tracks. Back out to the fabulous Third Eye Studio we go!

would you buy a CD of this man's band?

As luck would have it, we managed to track THREE new pieces, and update two  older ones.

The new ones are --

1) An open, loose  tune in 5/4 ranging from Lydian swing to R&B to whole tone funk, with a 5/16 intro/outtro !  2) an India-inspired rocakbilly/bhangra piece; and 3) a wild Middle Eastern - tinged fast prog/funk that jumps cuts into a swinging jazz walk, and back.

We also revisited  two pieces from last year's sessions. A year's worth of playing changed some approaches enough that we thought we should update them, so we did. We added some oud to a new run though of "Surf" that also reflects Jefferson's reworked drum approach for the tune, and we took another shot at the country-esque "Leo."

I did some minor cleanups Thursday, and that's it! Its all in the bag!

How many bands do you know can track 5 tunes in a day and a half? :)

Want to hear it? So do we... i get test burns in the middle of the week.  I'll share a little bit as we start  to edit.

But the only to way hear  it all is to share this Kickstarter project with folks you know. Please share  the link: http://kck.st/15BNsUX . Wide, not big, will help this project be a success.

Thanks again -- we'll keep you posted!

Jefferson and I have been working as Sama Duo for over six years now, and it's surprising this is the only release in all that time,  up until this summer's forthcoming CD.  The small-run release was developed as an interim calling card and gig merch product, as we originally planned for something larger-scale and more professional later that year. As such, we didn't circulate it for press and airplay, so there really aren't any extant reviews or much publicity surrounding it.

Still, it's out and about, and an interesting documentation of the Duo's beginnings, very different from where we are today.

 It's available at CD Baby  and iTunes.

We are sitting on some other material from 2005-2007, including the Ethnosphere 2007 festival set (that has some video footage),  various other concerts, and the Birth Of A Pillow soundtrack.  Time allowing, I may revisit some of that with a view to release it, but the present focus is a look forward, with the planned new release.

My early oud work is documented on the album Six Peaces, a meditative work with both oud and flamenco guitar. It's the last time I did any solo work with the flamenco, and so it documents the transition of my focus from one instrument to the other. But while recording the album I discovered these two instruments have a particular affinity for each other, and so I could not ignore the guitar completely.

Six Peaces was recorded in March 2002 at a time of a great first love for the oud (only a few months into it), of a passionate initial immersion into the Islamic Sufi tradition, and of great sorrow at a particularly turbulent time in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Performing and preparing these pieces for the recording therefore brought on a certain meditation - on themes of love, understanding, healing, responsibility, peace in both the internal and global domains, and above all, love of God. These meditations in turn generated the six corresponding texts for each of the tracks.

Although not widely circulated, it was well received and remains some people's favorite CD (in fact, it's sold out of hard copies form most online distributors and i have not issued another run). It does have a special feel, I think.

(N.B. there are some liberties with the approach used with what would normally be considered maqams: most of the pieces use specific maqam- based scalar constructs, but may be developed differently than standard maqam usage; it's not quite proper, therefore, to identify their use here as traditional maqams. I've chosen to define the usage accordingly).

It's available as download only at CD Baby and iTunes.