Please take a few minutes to visit these remarkable gifted artists online to learn more about their work and their instruments.
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.
Artwork by: Evan Melick and Brianna Melick
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 https://www.reverbnation.com/renagrafmusic
- Brian Melick www.uduboy.com
Rena' Graf & Brian Melick
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.
Front and Rear Cover Art by Brianna Melick
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 electronic 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 https://mariazemantauski.com/
#3 Move Along - The McKrells included in this EP
#4 Uduboy - Neil Anderson https://www.last.fm/music/Neil+Anderson
#5 Psalm 51 - Zoe B. Zak www.zoebzak.com/Zoe/Discography.html
#6 The Call - Monica Wilson Roach
#7 Udubamboo - Globetrotting http://www.johndaveymusic.com/discography-2/
#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
- 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
An Evening with A Percussionist
I was honored and privileged to be invited to present an intimate look into my world by Sarah Craig, Executive Director of Caffe Lena. Have been blessed to work with a great number of different artists over the last 3 decades here at the Caffe and Sarah told me many many times she has heard our audiences say that they would have really liked to have learned more about the different instruments that I have performed on during the various concerts. She asked me to take center stage and present a program that would allow me to not only introduce a diverse group of percussion instruments by just
performing on them, but to present them in a way for folks to learn about where they came from and their back story. I was very excited to be able to engage the audience in more of an “Informance” environment as well as to take the time to be able to really perform on a wide variety of my instruments. Aside from wanting the listener to be inspired emotionally to my work the most rewarding thing for me is to use my percussive sounds to create imagery to support the music I am performing and for the story that is being told.
I believe we did some firsts for Caffe Lena during this evening. I had the audience regard the sound of my instruments as a color, texture, shape, temperature, weight etc.
Introduced various playing technique by having them put their hands into different postures and by playing on the tabletops they heard how these different hand postures created different sounds. We made our own found object instrument by creating “sugar packet shakers” I offered a few different technique so that everyone could experience the subtle differences even creating somewhat of a rattle sound. For me although there were many highpoints, I think that the improvisational soundscape that everyone present created by utilizing their sugar packet shakers, the hand technique they learned as well as creating sounds with their voices, we were able to honor the late Naná Vasconcelos and create our own version of the Amazon.
What an absolute amazing evening it was. Thank you Sarah for allowing me to share my world with the renown Caffe Lena audience. I was also very blessed to have as special guest my very good friend and a wonderfully creative artist, Studio Stu on his own creation the “Studivarius” Tub Bass and Vocals.
Tracks 1 - Sarah Craig’s Intro 2 - Frank Giorgini, Udu Mbwata Drum 3 - Congas (LP Galaxy Quinto & Tumbadora, REMO Kick / Conga Segunda) 4 - Day O - arr. Studio Stu featuring Congas 5 - Michael Thiele 6 Tone Slit Drum & Peter Engelhart Agogo Cluster 6 Pentatonic Bell Set 6 - Schlagwerk Duel 2 in 1 Cajon 7 - I Like To Scat & The Lady Is A Tramp - arr. Studio Stu featuring Flamenco Side of Cajon 8 - Iko Iko - arr. Studio Stu featuring Peruvian Side of Cajon 9 - David Russell Earth Drum - Paper Drums Set of 6: 8”, 10”, 12”, 14”, 16”, 18” 10 - Introduction to “Sugar Packet Shaker’s” featuring Audience Participation 11 - Group Improvisational Soundscape to honor the late Naná Vasconcelos 12 - First Ever LEGO Drum Kit Introduction 13 - You Really Got Me - arr. Studio Stu featuring LEGO Drum Kit
* There is also a bonus 30 minute .avi video included on this CD which highlights performance excerpts.
You can view this video by playing it in your computer. Put it in your cd / dvd drive and open disc. This will expose the video file to you. Simply play video by using your default video player.
Musicians Brian Melick - Udu Mbwata, Congas, Slit Drum, Agogo Bell Cluster, Cajon, Paper Drums, Sugar Packets, LEGO Drum Set, Amedia Cymbals, Misc. Found Sounds and Percussion
Studio Stu - on his own creation the “Studivarius” Tub Bass and Vocals
audio & video recorded with single ambient room microphone and single camera used with special permission from Sarah Craig, Caffe Lena’s Executive Director. audio digitally edited by Robert Bard, Skytop Sound, New Paltz, NY
released November 1, 2020
Front and Rear Cover Photos by Studio Stu
I am selling this enhanced CD directly and not through any downloading services at this time because I am donating back $5. per CD Sale to Caffe Lena as a way "TO PAY IT FORWARD" for everything that they have done and continue to do to support the arts and community groups throughout their history. The price of this CD is $15 us. This includes media shipping costs for US only. Cost for overseas shipping / handling will be added. Thank you for your understanding.
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* For overseas sales please email me first your address at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get cost of shipping / handling for your total cost.
Thank you so much for your consideration and support of my work, Brian