Percussive Voices - Audiophile

Debut solo release. Features the world I love and am consistently inspired by. Highlighting a vast collection of both traditional and unconventional instruments from literally all over the world to creating them out of found objects from around your home and the environment around you. Was profoundly inspired by all of the different sounds textures and colors but found that this was also a catalyst for me to honor several incredibly talented artisans who are inspired to create the instruments that the rest of us find our musical voice with: Frank Giorgini's Udu Drums www.udu.com, Michael Thiele's Hardwood Slit Drums www.hardwoodmusiccompany.com, David Russells Paper Drums known as Earth Drums and Gino & Jackie Zenobia: Zenobia Music www.angelfire.com

Please take a few minutes to visit these remarkable gifted artists online to learn more about their work and their instruments.

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released January 1, 2001

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Diverse Elements - Audiophile

Split recording comprising of 6 solo pieces and 6 duets inspired by a game I used to play with my children when they were growing up. We would draw and color together to create something new with only these rules - each person took a turn and selected a color pencil, crayon etc and could only do one thing at a time and then it was the other persons turn. We never knew where we were going but we most certainly knew when we got there. The end result was always incredible. So the rules with my friends that joined me were the same when we created our duets. Sometimes I had a vision of an attitude or an image that I would share with them but that was it. I absolutely love this process. Always exciting and full of wonderful surprises! 

The artwork for this release is a combination of my children's artwork when they were very young with the cover being a composite of my sons artwork overlayed on my daughters making for a perfect connection of Diverse Elements.

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released January 1, 2008 

Artwork by: Evan Melick and Brianna Melick

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Natural Connections - Audiophile

Celebrating the Natural Connection of the human voice and the world of percussion - Vocalist Rena' Graf and I set out to blend our worlds together creating a beautiful journey through poems, prayers, hymnals and original spoken word stories. 

Our vision with this recording was to take the listener into a peaceful state and to allow themselves to relax and be engulfed by the sounds, textures and colors of the human voice, breath and a vast collection of percussion instruments from around the world. 

visit us online: 
- Rena' Graf www.renagraf.net 
- Brian Melick www.uduboy.com

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released January 1, 2009 

Rena' Graf & Brian Melick

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uduboy - Audiophile

Celebrating the first 25 years of my ongoing love affair with the centuries old Nigerian Side Hole Pot Drum known worldwide as Udu, I could not think of a better way then to put together an enhanced compilation cd and entitle it with my pen name "uduboy". 

There are 12 selections listed below. 5 of which are included in this EP as noted and a movie including timeline of my involvement with the udu drum up to the release date of this cd, video clips and photos of friends along the way. Here is a link to the movie on youtube:youtu.be/Dye4wdz0nPk 

Excluding the first track of this recording which is a solo piece that I created entitled "Udu ClayPLAY", the balance of the work represented is due to several artists that I have had the privilege to record for and with over the years granted me a master usage licences to include their music as it was originally recorded on my "uduboy" release. By doing this it highlights the many diverse ways that I have been able to use the udu in showcasing and bringing to light the many facets and personalities of this incredible centuries old instrument. Was blessed beyond words to have had each and everyone of them grant me full permission to use their music. With respect to their music and digital download formats I encourage you to visit each of these incredibly talented artist to purchase the electronic download of their song. The permission that I retained from each of them with a few exceptions only covers the physical release of the cd not the electrionic downloads. 

With Respect to Digital Downloads this is only offered as a 5 song EP 

The song list as it appears on the physical cd is the following with links to individual artists links for you to visit if interested in listening and downloading their song. Thank you for understanding, for your interest and for your support. I am honored that you are interested in our work.

#1 Udu ClayPLAY - Brian Melick included in this EP 
#2 Amaboko - Maria Zemantauski mariazemantauski.com/store 
#3 Move Along - The McKrells included in this EP 
#4 Uduboy - Neil Anderson store.cdbaby.com/cd/antipypr2 
#5 Psalm 51 - Zoe B. Zak www.zoebzak.com/Zoe/Discography.html 
#6 The Call - Monica Wilson Roach 
#7 Udubamboo - Globetrotting store.cdbaby.com/cd/globetrotting 
#8 My Fathers World - Rena' Graf included in this EP 
#9 May The Music - Martha Gallagherwww.adkharper.com/heavenandearth_v5.html 
#10 Center Of The Wheel - Bernstein Bard Quartetwww.bernsteinbardtrio.com/music 
#11 Mild Noon Daze - SuperNOVA included in this EP 
#12 To Far East - Piet Jan Blauw www.discogs.com/Piet-Jan-Blauw-Ron-Rettich-Mosquitos-On-Ice/release/10546522 included in this EP
 

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released January 1, 2011 

with as they appear: 
- Maria Zemantauski: Flamenco Guitar 
- Kevin McKrell: Americana Roots Singer Songwriter 
- Neil Anderson: Scottish Piper / Whistles 
- Zoe B. Zak: World / Jazz Pianist, Accordion & Vocal 
- Monica Wilson Roach: Jazz / Classical Cellist 
- John Davey: Jazz Upright Bassist 
- Steve Gorn: World Music Flutest / Clarinetist 
- Rena' Graf: Gospel Vocalist 
- Martha Gallagher: Celtic Harpist 
- Mark & Steve Bernstein: Acoustic Jazz / Classical Guitar & Mandolin 
- Robert Bard: Acoustic Jazz / Roots Upright Bassist 
- Greg Speck: Electronic Keyboards / Synths 
- Piet Jan Blauw: Wind Instruments / Percussion

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In Motion - Audiophile

Inspired by working with Modern Dance Companies, Freestyle Dancers, Choreographers, Dance Aerobic Instructors, Movement Therapists and Martial Artists for many decades. Knowing that most get tired of the same old canned electronic music I wanted to create something a little different and hopefully a bit fresher. Blending both organic and contemporary sounds together. I put collection together starting with a long slower piece to warm up and stretch to at a tempo of 80 bpm, into each subsequent piece growing in tempo from 110 bpm and intensity at up to 140 bmp for both non locomotor as well as locomotor from small to more intense movements incorporating the entire dance or workout space culminating into two pieces that wind the workout down at 96 bmp to a final piece to cool down to at 76 bpm for a complete workout period 

The front and rear cover artwork for this release was created by my daughter when she was in elementary school. While putting this project together this picture was on the wall of of our dining room and I absolutely loved the rhythm and movement of it and found it perfect for the theme of this body of work.

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released January 1, 2015 

Front and Rear Cover Art by Brianna Melick

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with Cathie Ryan and the Grand Rapids Symphony

Performances Highlighting: Schlagwerk Dual Cajon

a sample of my work in education

Dreamers of Our Future

Lego Drum Set - World Premier

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