Ethiopiques, Vol. 20: Either/Orchestra Live in Addis by Either/Orchestra | 3341348601212 | CD | Barnes & Noble
Ethiopiques, Vol. 20: Either/Orchestra Live in Addis

Ethiopiques, Vol. 20: Either/Orchestra Live in Addis

by Either/Orchestra
     
 
Critics have not been kind to the current music scene in Ethiopia, where modern technology is generally seen to be sapping the regional music of its best and most distinctive characteristics without bringing any new energy or sounds to the mix. It was with a sense of despair that local producer Francis Falceto contacted the

Overview

Critics have not been kind to the current music scene in Ethiopia, where modern technology is generally seen to be sapping the regional music of its best and most distinctive characteristics without bringing any new energy or sounds to the mix. It was with a sense of despair that local producer Francis Falceto contacted the Boston-based Either/Orchestra, an adventurous ten-piece big band, and suggested that they come to Addis Ababa and record a live concert under the sponsorship of the Alliance Ethio-Française, using traditional and contemporary Ethiopian melodies as their primary source material and inviting local singers and instrumentalists to participate. This two-disc set is the result, and although it has its flaws, it does a good job of communicating the excitement that was obviously in the air during this concert. At its worst, the music is endlessly discursive and self-indulgent -- 12- and 15-minute-long epics like "Amlak Abét Abét" and "Kèsét Eswa Betcha" must have been lots of fun for the musicians, but don't do much to let the average listener in. On the other hand, the almost equally long "Muziqawi Silt" holds one's attention nicely with its funky Afro-jazz lines, and a weird sort of Semitic tango called "Antchim Endèléla" brings several different musical traditions together beautifully. Best of all are the elegantly composed "Eyèyè," with its gorgeous cloud banks of horn chords, and a soul-inflected song titled "Soul Tezeta," featuring Amharic vocals by Michael Bèlaynèh. Most listeners may find themselves paring the program down to a judiciously selected single disc, but even the filler is worth hearing.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
Label:
Buda Musique
UPC:
3341348601212
catalogNumber:
860121
Rank:
154352

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Either/Orchestra   Primary Artist
Russ Gershon   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Tom Halter   Trumpet,Soloist
Henry Cook   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Soloist
Kurtis Rivers   Baritone Saxophone
Mulatu Astatke   Percussion,Vibes,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Rick McLaughlin   Bass,Double Bass,Soloist
Greg Burk   Piano,Electric Piano,Soloist
Joel Yennior   Trombone,Soloist
Colin Fisher   Trumpet,Soloist
Getatchew Mekurya   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Vicente Lebron   Percussion,Conga,Soloist
Jeremy Udden   Alto Saxophone,Soloist

Technical Credits

Mahmoud Ahmed   Composer
Francis Falceto   Producer,Liner Notes
Russ Gershon   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Introduction
Tom Halter   Arranger,Author
Paul Q. Kolderie   Engineer
Henry Cook   Author
Mulatu Astatke   Arranger
Jack Garnier   Graphic Design
Rick McLaughlin   Introduction
Traditional   Composer
Greg Burk   Author

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