about Neon Egypt
Whether called Meditative Jazz, World Jazz, or World Fusion, Neon Egypt's offering is decidedly unique. Expressive, free-flowing saxophone melodies float gracefully over Taiko-like melodic drum lines, featuring the one-of-a-kind Shendai Ceremonial Drums.
All of Neon Egypt's selections are "first takes" of spontaneously improvised Intuitive Music, recorded live. None of their pieces have a predetermined form or concept, a title, or even a key or time signature before play is begun - each is truly a unique product of the moment. Yet each has clear musicality, satisfying coherence and unmistakable structure. The broad foundation of melodic drum and percussion music created by Steven Miller's Shendai Ceremonial Drums allows master jazz saxophone soloist Harrison Goldberg freedom to weave an artful musical offering in real time. The result... well, you are invited to listen for yourself!
posted November 21st at 10:02pm
Come join us for an exotic artistic excursion! The Musicians and Instruments HARRISON GOLDBERG - Yamaha soprano sax, Selmer MKVI Tenor Sax, and Conn classic silver alto sax. STEVEN MILLER - Shendai Ceremonial Drums, various bells, gongs, cymbals, and hand percussion instruments. The Shendai drums are a unique melodic drum set, a cross between Taiko Drums and Timpani, and are played with specially designed percussion mallets. - Plus guest appearances by other artists. History Both Steven Miller and Harrison Goldberg are veteran jazz musicians who stepped outside mainstream jazz in 1992 with formation of the California-based performance art collaborative Tabula Rasa. This group of four players, which included well known San Francisco Bay Area creative musicians Troy Silveira on piano and seven-string guitarist Ron Thompson, founder of the progressive improv group SpiritPark, strove to learn to improvise music and performance art live using only the compasses of intuition and heart, and without the benefit of any predetermined structure, form or guidelines. (See Intuitive Music) Their critically acclaimed 'collage' performances incorporated a melding of improvised acoustic/electronic music, dance, and visual art. This work led to formation of the improvisational trio Legend with bassist/synthesist Roger Foote, and release of their debut music CD early in 1997. Now performing as the duo Neon Egypt, Miller and Goldberg feature guest performances by contributing artists including musicians, dancers, and visual artists.
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