On the island of Bali there is a village named Petulu. At dusk each day the sky begins to flutter, beautiful white V-formations, thousands of white Herons flying in from all over the island, ruffling and maneuvering into their favorite nesting place. In 1967, a temple was dedicated to the memory of the 50,000 lives lost in the recent bloody civil war. During the week of the dedication, flocks of elegant white birds began to arrive, more and more, until thousands of winged souls would roost together over the villagers at sunset, then fly away at dawn, a spectacle that continues to this day. With the belief that the birds are the embodiment of loved ones who were lost, Petulu breathes in and out with each arrival and departure, knowing that life is never ending, in a Village Beside Time.
1) TABUH TELU
Tingklik, Bamboo Flute, Kempur, Bells, Reyong, Kendang, Rinchik, D’DRUM Voices.
For Raka Swastika
Cimbalom, Doumbek, Trans Cultural Drumset, Vibraphone, Marimba, Riq.
Composed by Tim Orsburn and J. Bryant, D. Howard, J. Mohamed, E.Smith, R. Snider.
Tim Orsburn, Slide Guitar
Conga, Slide Guitar, Gboba, Sogo, Kidi, Kaganu, Axaste, Gonkogui.
Voices of Balinese women at cremation ceremony, Ceng Ceng, Kendang, Reyong, Kempur, Gong.
5) OCE’ON JOBUTSU
Composed by Stan Richardson and J. Bryant, D. Howard, J. Mohamed, E. Smith, R. Snider.
Stan Richardson, Shakuhachi
Ocean Drum, Dobachi, Tang-gu, Bass Drum, Woodstock Garden Bells, Shakuhachi, Shokeng, Tingsha.
A cross cultural pun based on an old Buddhist adage, Ichion Jo Butsu, which means ’enlightenment in a single sound’, allows for the opening sound of the Ocean Drum to suggest enlightenment from the sound of the ocean.
Composed by Lennon/McCartney
Ed Smith, Vibraphone
For Larry Harris
Composed by J. Bryant, D. Howard, J. Mohamed, E. Smith, R. Snider.
Frogs of Ubud, Bamboo Mouth Harp, Buzz Mbira, Quica, Shakere, Udu Drum Frame Drum, Kaluba Water Drum.
For Gareth "Agung Gde" Roberts
8) SEKAR GINOTAN
Ron Snider and Ed Smith, Gender Wayang
Overture to Wayang Kulit - Balinese Shadow Puppet Theatre.
For Ketut Madri
9) SHAHPUR’S DREAM
Composed by John Bryant
Persian Wind Chimes, Namibian Singing Sands, Doumbek, Djembe, Axatse, Riq, Digirido, Tamboura, Pump Organ, Mark Tree, Suspended Cymbal, Cimbalom, Vibraphone, Marimba, Toy Piano, Ney, Korean Gong.
10) VIHAR (THE STORM)
Composed By Geza Allaga
Ron Snider, Cimbalom
Nineteenth Century Hungarian composition expressing the rage of the tempest.
For Toni Koves-Steiner
11) VILLAGE BESIDE TIME
Composed by J. Bryant, D. Howard, J. Mohamed, E.Smith, R. Snider.
Madeline Brooks, Nikky Brooks, Layla Mohamed, Mariam Mohamed : Girls Chorus.
Rain, Kulkul, Bird Whistles, Goat Bells, Wood Blocks, Shakers, Reyong, Chanting Monks, Balinese and Bantu children, Angklungs, Suspended Cymbal, Amadinda Xylophone, Ewe Drums, Chaia Marimbas, Djembe, Axatse, Gonkogui, Donno, Glockenspiel, and D’DRUM Kecak Chant.
“The group has made an album of almost overwhelming musicality... plenty of rhythm, to be sure, but the music on it also has a tonal quality (and appeal)…accomplished through the use of exotic tuned percussion instruments… collected by group members on their trips to exotic, beat-rich locales such as Africa and Bali -- like the cimbalom and tingklik.”
—Matt Weitz, Dallas Morning News
“D’DRUM... takes us on a world tour with brilliant arrangements, authentic acoustic instruments, and chops aplenty.”
—David Licht, Modern Drummer
“Listening to Village Beside Time is like taking a trip from the South Pacific Basin across Asia to the Middle East—all with a percussion soundtrack. The ensemble playing is very precise and clean—not an easy feat with some of the tempo changes and ritards in the music. There are some improvised sections, but most of the music is meticulously orchestrated. Village Beside Time is a very enjoyable recording that mixes the percussion traditions of the world in an interesting and exciting way.”
—Terry O’Mahoney, Percussive Arts Society
Tabuh Telu, Jedeli, Oce’on Jobutsu, Shahpur’s Dream, and Village Beside Time:
Recorded by Bob Gentry at The Living Room, Tyler, TX; with additional recording by Mike Medina at Palace Cleaners, Irving, TX.
Petulu, Blackbird, Bintang, and Vihar:
Recorded by Mike Medina at Palace Cleaners, Irving, TX.
Recorded by Frank Hames at Colony Studio, with additional recording by Rosser Smith.
Recorded by Paul Middleton at Palmyra Studios, Palmer TX.
All Selections Mixed by Mike Medina at Palace Cleaners, Irving, TX.
Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO.
Kuba cloth courtesy of Linda Fuller.
Photography and Art Design by Bob Shaw
All Selections Published by Arandas Publishing, BMI
Except "Blackbird", Sony/ATV Songs, BMI
THIS MUSIC WAS PERFORMED ON ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS
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