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Issa Music – Featured Selection: (7) “Darkness to Dawn” July 1, 2012

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: “Darkness to Dawn”

Background on “Darkness to Dawn”: This is the fourth piece of Set Two of the “Issa Music” pieces, the thirteenth piece overall. After the emotional peaks and valleys of “Voice in the Wilderness,” the cerebral complexity of “Chasing Shadows,” and the thundering funky quality of “Skeptic,” I set out to create something quieter, mellower, simpler, more contemplative. I set up a chord progression with some nice shifts and a simple, motivic, cell-like melody. The music moves through a minor key, migrating to major chords at cadence points (to capture the “Darkness to Dawn” feel). In the process of improvising over the various sections and changes of mood that wind out through the piece, I had my second “in the zone” experience. (See “River of Flow.”) Again, I felt like something else was involved with my playing—I barely recalled playing the passage and had to hear it back to become aware of what I had done. This is the D50 shakuhashi solo from 2:20 to 4: 05. I was very pleased with this piece, a simple piece with interesting chord changes and the characteristic changes in texture and timbre emblematic of “Issa Music.”

“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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