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Issa Music is Here – Featured Selection: (1) “Mystic Jam” December 25, 2011

Posted by rwf1954 in fusion jazz, Issa, Issa Legend, jazz, Jesus in India, music, mystic jazz, new age jazz, Saint Issa legend.
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  • (Each month, I will feature a detailed description of one of the thirteen selections from my CD “Issa Music” with a link to the full piece. That link will remain up for one month. After that, the link at this post will be to a one minute clip. One minute clips of all the Issa Pieces are available at my website. Detailed notes on all the pieces are also available there. The full length pieces available with these blog posts are before mastering for CD release. The complete Issa Music CD is available for sale, along with downloads of individual mastered selections.)
  • (“Issa Music” is an East-meets-West mystic jazz CD released inspired by the “Legend of Issa.” Did Jesus journey to India and study Buddhism and Hinduism before his world-changing spiritual mission in Roman-occupied Judea? If so, are West and East spiritually connected in ways we have never imagined? “Issa Music” celebrates this idea with a blend of eastern and western modes and timbres.)

Play this month’s selection: “Mystic Jam”

Background on “Mystic Jam”: This was the first piece, #1 of Set One of “Issa Music.” I was playing with the equipment to see what I could generate, how close I could get to my concept. (See the liner notes and information at my website for more information about the concept of “Issa Music.”) I started an underlying rhythm with the idea that the jam would take place in one tonality, basically in a Mixolydian mode (major key scale with a ♭7). I shifted background tracks, drums and other harmonies, to vary the mood within the tonality. I then improvised over this background, winding out a small motif into longer passages, playing the improvisation along with the shifts I had put into the background tracks. I still like this as a calling card for this musical concept, but I have expanded the concept since then (I had to—it would have been a limited concept for me if I had held on to nothing but this narrow idea.)

“Issa Music is Coming” blog post, September 21, 2011.

The story behind Issa Music.

Probable liner notes for the Issa Music CD.

Richard Warren Field music page.

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