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Issa Music – Featured Selection: (9) “Prism of the Soul” September 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: “Prism of the Soul”

Background on “Prism of the Soul”: This was the fifth of Set Three, 21st of the Issa pieces. Very much like “Pace by Pace,” I start with a short riff and with a melody that interplays with the riff, almost in an opposite contour, effectively creating a whole from two contrasting parts. For this piece, I delved more and more into set instrumental choirs and timbre changes, like moving from a brass choir into a shakuhashi solo over non-Western instrument sounds (accept for an acoustic string bass sound), then moving right out of that into a funky fusion beat laying the background for a synth-brass/flute solo. The idea here is a prism, shifting in the light, giving off different reflections, different visual results off the same object. The soul is a very complex concept and this piece is intended to capture that idea musically. Here we have different musical results stemming from the same musical idea. In my next Issa pieces, I will look for more opportunities to juxtapose completely different musical settings playing the same basic music, as I did with “Prism of the Soul.”

“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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