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Review of Americanistan CD
The music group Americanistan, based in Eugene, Oregon, is well known to audiences throughout the Northwest. The group has been steadily building a following throughout Oregon and Washington and has just released its first major CD - "Mosaic".
Some outstanding selections on Mosaic include Delilah's Tune, which is a very nice piece, and Zamana. There are also some trance-style pieces, including the Moroccan Trance Fusion in 6/8. I particularly enjoyed the 7/8 rhythm of Rania's Seven. Americanistan plays well together and its strength emanates through its authentic interpretation of these classic Middle-Eastern tunes.
Mosaic does fill a niche. The songs remind me of some of the wonderful, mystical, improvisational music I heard during the late 60's and 70's. Mosaic hearkens back to a freer, simpler era. The music is very danceable and is tailor-made for improvisational dancers, or for dancers who want less emphasis on precise, frenetic tempo changes and prefer to "just dance." This CD will certainly be a welcome addition to a Tribal dancer's music library.
A note for the next issue..that cover has got to go! I could barely read the song titles and I would like more information about the musicians and the instruments used on each song. Perhaps, keep the cover and make the inside simpler? I felt like I was lost in a tie-dye haze. However, the music IS a Mosaic.
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