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Issa Music – Featured Selection: (4) “Skeptic” April 1, 2012

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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: “Skeptic”

Background on “Skeptic”: This is the third piece from Set Two of the Issa pieces, the twelfth piece overall.  I made full use of the Yamaha TX synthesizer modules on this one. Those TX modules play great pitched drum sounds. I started “Skeptic” off with low pitched drums, with the pitches barely distinguishable. The marimba sounds start to outline a tonality, but it still seems wonderfully ambiguous. The melody then comes storming in, with horns in the background, with a funky jazz fusion feel. From there, I moved back and forth through textures, calling on different combinations of pitched drums, working over the funky fusion theme within the concept of this 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.

Issa Music – Featured Selection: (3) “Summer Palace” March 1, 2012

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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: “Summer Palace”

Background on “Summer Palace”: The fourth Issa piece of Set Three, 20th overall, is “Summer Palace.” After the intensity of “Temptation,” with its edgy scales and unsettling harmonies, I decided to lighten the mood. I envisioned a “Summer Palace,” with privileged families cavorting carefree in the sun, basking in luxury. The idea was to convey a sense of frolic and fun, but also the power of the privileged at the palace. I introduced the main fanfare-like theme, then simply wound out improvisational sections using the chord progressions of the theme introduced at the beginning. I do scramble chord sequences to give the sections some variety, almost like a classical development section. I did that more with his third set, and it will be a feature of the new Issa pieces I intend to produce.

The story behind Issa Music.

Probable liner notes for the Issa Music CD.

Richard Warren Field music page.

Issa Music is Here – Featured Selection: (2) “River of Flow” February 1, 2012

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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: “River of Flow”

Background on “River of Flow”: With the eighth “Issa Music” piece from Set One, I wanted to produce a happy, flashy piece, utilizing the concept crystallizing since “Eastern Boogie,” Set One #4. I used a simple chord progression over a 5/4 rhythm and created a melody over the top. I created an A and B section and set a number of varied textures for the solos and for recapitulations of the melodic statements of the A and B sections. I was extremely happy with the way this piece came out. The shifts of texture, the joy of “River of Flow,” the improvised solos I performed—I consider this a signature piece of “Issa Music.” Also, there were three times during my recordings of these pieces over the time period between 1988 and 1990 that I felt I slipped “into a zone” as I improvised. This occurred once during each of these sets. This is a rare feeling where something else seems to take over, another power, somehow coming from somewhere else but from within at the same time. The notes glide out—no thought processes involved—the music just happens and I’m at a loss to explain how I got there, or even to recall in detail playing it. It was during the second improvised section, an exotic D50 setting, from 1:45 to 2:50, that I hit the “zone” during “River of Flow.” Notes flowed and thank God a tape recorder was there to capture it. This piece made me feel I was hitting my stride with this music.

The story behind Issa Music.

Probable liner notes for the Issa Music CD.

Richard Warren Field music page.

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

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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.

Issa Music is Coming September 21, 2011

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Over the past five years, I have rediscovered my music creative side, once very active, dormant for a little over a decade. My first offering to the public will be some recordings I made back between 1988 in 1990. The idea of these recordings is East-meets-West, mystic jazz, inspired by the Saint Issa legend. (This legend offers the idea that Jesus may have gone to India and Tibet during his late adolescence and young adult years to learn Buddhist and Hindu spiritual traditions.) Elements of the music will seem familiar, but the overall combined effect should strike listeners as unique. It may take some getting used to. Here’s a link to some clips so listeners can decide if they will be interested in picking up a CD when the Issa Music CDs become available, within the next two months.

The music was originally recorded on one of the earlier music recording/writing softwares, MESA, by Roland. Tracks were recorded on the computer, then mixed to analog tape. I recently had these recordings converted to digital recordings by Pro West, now in Encino.  They did a great job, allowing me to feel comfortable putting these out to the public.

I have not come close to exhausting the creative possibilities for Issa Music. New technology, new sounds, more development of nearly limitless possibilities will lead to new recordings in the future. This Issa Music CD will be the first of what I expect will be more music along same lines.

Some links:

The story behind Issa Music.

Probable liner notes for the Issa Music CD.

Richard Warren Field music page.