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Swimming With Tambouras

by Tim Wolf

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This is a reflection on my college years at Cal Arts when I had the privilege of playing tamboura (the stringed instrument that provides a constant drone in Indian classical music) at numerous concerts and informal recitals accompanying my friend and teacher, Amiya Dasgupta. It is also a reflection and more robust development of the early multi-track recordings I did at that time with African thumb pianos (likembe, sanza, mbira).

In this piece, the tambouras are digital and emulate Brian Eno's DX-7 patches from the 1980s. In addition to the sanza and likembe, the second movement repeats the approach of the first with multiple dousn’ gouni parts. The percussion at the end is both digital and analog, the later including Indian pakhawaj as well as Greek and Turkish hand drum loops. The pakhawaj (a double-headed South Indian drum) is in honor of Pandit Taranath Rao, a master of that instrument and the tabla, and someone I also had the great pleasure of sitting behind while plucking the strings of the tamboura.

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released August 8, 2017
Tim Wolf: keyboards, sanza, likembe, dousn’ gouni, samples and loops

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Liquid Terrain Hartford, Connecticut

Tim Wolf is a musician, photographer and graphic designer who describes his work as liquid terrains: fluid landscapes. He has studied Indian classical music, practiced disciplines of improvisation, and worked as an audio engineer and music and live performance producer. Formerly a saxophonist and vocalist, he now performs on several traditional African and digital instruments. ... more

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