Drumming is the most primal
musical expression. It echoes the rhythms of our lives. From heartbeats to the rhythm of falling rain
to the pulse of traffic, we measure our lives by the relentless rhythms around
us. Drum Dynasty’s self titled debut CD
is an expression of those beats that surround us.
A project from Seattle area
drummer Bruce Burgess, film Composer Kevin Christensen, and percussionists Arturo
Rodriguez and Marco Zonka, Drum Dynasty
is a 2 CD set. The first CD, entitled Mystic
Sunrise, is a swirl of Middle Eastern rhythms and atmospheric, layered
music. The mesmerizing drums and hazy,
Persian inspired melodies result in a blend of New Age and World music that is very
satisfying. Songs like Karma, Dance of
the 7 Veils, and Dajari, transport
the listener to faraway realms.
The second CD, Dark
Continent, is everything its name implies. Mystery, dance, and tribal
rhythms abound in songs like Possessed,
Voodoo Rain, and Dance of the Flies.
These are truly primal rhythms from the dawn of man. Dark Continent is earthier and less swirling than the Middle
Eastern rhythms of Mystic Sunrise
but grabs the listener in a more visceral way.
Drum Dynasty is an amazing
work from some amazing musicians. Many pieces have the feel and scope of movie
soundtracks. But all are true to the drumming roots that inspired this CD. If
you are a fan of world music or a fan of drumming, you will certainly enjoy Drum Dynasty.
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