Azure Miles Records ~ The Music of Michael Robinson

 

Michael Robinson

Rainbow Thunder

 

Cover art is hand silkscreened paper from Japan

 

 

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1. Rainbow Thunder (Vasanta) (1996) 14:01

meruvina: trumpet, African harp, gender, African, Near Eastern, Indian, Chinese and Japanese percussion

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2. Forest Regions (1996) 9:52

meruvina: kemanche, zampona, bonang, gender, Chinese, European and Near Eastern percussion

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3. Gopura (Shree) (1996) 10:03

meruvina: piano, tabla. tanpura

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4. The Angel of Ankara (Chandra Lekha) (1996) 25:11

meruvina: oud, tabla, Indian percussion, tanpura

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All music composed and programmed by Michael Robinson for performance and recording in real time without any overdubbing or added parts.

Live musicians are welcome to play these composition using acoustic and/or electronic instruments.

 

 

Rainbow Thunder
Forest Regions
Gopura
The Angel of Ankara

All music © 1996 Michael Robinson/Azure Miles Music (BMI)

(P) © 1996 Azure Miles Records

 

 

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Forest Regions on YouTube

Gopura on YouTube

The Angel of Ankara on YouTube

 

 

Splendid e-zine review

 

 

Rainbow Thunder slowly builds a deep and powerful percussion ostinato inspired by African rhythms. This prepares for a dramatic trumpet entrance based on the South Indian raga, Vasanta. The middle section switches the percussion voices to African harps, and the trumpet to a gender, as the melodic voice becomes more active. The original voices reappear for the concluding music, with the trumpet articulating rapid, complex phrases.

Forest Regions was inspired by Javanese court music featuring the rebab. Here I have surrounded a kemanche with a wide range of gamelan sounds, including a deep gong. A shimmering flute provides a contrasting melodic color.

Gopura, based on Shree, follows the raga form of alap, jor and jhala. An ominous, penetrating piano timbre is joined by tabla over a tanpura drone.

The Angel of Ankara is an extended raga based on Chandra Lekha. The Turkish oud is the featured melodic instrument. After the opening alap, considerable interplay develops with the entrance of tabla and other Indian percussion voices. (I do not tune my percussion sounds in the Indian manner, and they also vary from the sounds of the actual Indian percussion instruments from which they are derived.)

All of the compositions on this recording were composed in 1996.

- Michael Robinson, December 1999, Lahaina

© 1999 by Michael Robinson All rights reserved