Taos Tales

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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
Robert Mirabal grew up on Taos Pueblo, a land of adobe, sky, mountain, blue water, and ancient tradition. For his sixth recording, the Native American composer, flute maker, and singer draws on sounds, sights, and stories specific to that area, yet universal in meaning. "Friends" creates an evocative chant of the importance of connection, with percussion, voices, and synthesized and sampled sounds. Sparse drumbeat, shakers, whispered words, and the breath of the flute recall the atmosphere of the ancient Anasazi people in "Painted Caves," while the meditative "Oñate" and the flamenco-infused "Ee-you-Oo" interpret the Spanish influence on northern New Mexico in very ...
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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
Robert Mirabal grew up on Taos Pueblo, a land of adobe, sky, mountain, blue water, and ancient tradition. For his sixth recording, the Native American composer, flute maker, and singer draws on sounds, sights, and stories specific to that area, yet universal in meaning. "Friends" creates an evocative chant of the importance of connection, with percussion, voices, and synthesized and sampled sounds. Sparse drumbeat, shakers, whispered words, and the breath of the flute recall the atmosphere of the ancient Anasazi people in "Painted Caves," while the meditative "Oñate" and the flamenco-infused "Ee-you-Oo" interpret the Spanish influence on northern New Mexico in very different melodic ways. "Skinwalker's Moon" is a hypnotic dance with the darker powers of the night, while "Flute Song" recalls Mirabal's musical beginnings as a flute-playing warrior. Seven additional tunes explore his Native and American heritage with colors both bright and dark.
Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
The Taos canyon walls have absorbed many memories: the hunting parties that passed through its valleys, the stories that bounced off the echoing walls, and the Spanish invaders who annihilated the pueblo culture. On this dramatic and moving album, Native American multi-instrumentalist Robert Mirabal pays tribute to his Taos homeland and the heart of his people. Mirabal -- on flute, keyboards, vocals, percussion, and samples -- is joined by Stev Castillo on electric guitar, Michael Koff on cello, and Reynaldo and Jim Lujan on percussion. Drums pulse to the rhythm of a heartbeat, imparting both strength and a sense of tragedy. Chants in Mirabal's native Tiwa language convey ancient tales, while the English lyrics of "Skinwalker's Moon" bring the experience closer to home. You'll hear some catchy rhythm grooves "Friends", some sublime duets between cello and flute "Onate", and even a heel-kicking Spanish number "Ee-You-Oo". As if there were not enough tragic history in the valley, "Bataan Death March" salutes the Taos POW's who suffered for a country that stole their land. The music itself is moving and cinematic in scope, but Mirabal's liner notes will lead the listener to an even deeper appreciation of a people and their land.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/1999
  • Label: Silver Wave
  • UPC: 021585092228
  • Catalog Number: 922
  • Sales rank: 261,154

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Painted Caves (5:48)
  2. 2 Friends (4:05)
  3. 3 Popay Runner (5:57)
  4. 4 Hunting Party (3:02)
  5. 5 Skinwalker's Moon (3:51)
  6. 6 Onate (4:23)
  7. 7 Bataan Death March (3:33)
  8. 8 EE-You-Oo (5:12)
  9. 9 Flute Song (3:53)
  10. 10 The Courtship Of Starboy (2:49)
  11. 11 Acid Rain Dance (2:38)
  12. 12 Day Of The Dead (3:53)
  13. 13 Quiet Season (2:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Mirabal Primary Artist, Bass, Flute, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Noise
Reynaldo Lujan Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Rainstick
Michael Kott Bass, Cello, Background Vocals, Loops
Technical Credits
David Glasser Mastering
Mark Hood Producer, translation
Robert Mirabal Producer
Todd Young Art Direction
Dave Glasser Mastering
Stev Castillo Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A MUST HAVE IN YOUR COLLECTION OF MUSIC

    The music, words, and those pictures of Robert are all excellent! All the songs are so visonary, spiritual and moving. If you have been to NM or Taos you will see why, if you have not been, I recommend that you go. Thanks for the beautiful you, Robert.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful !

    Mirabel brings a delight of sounds to the ear that makes for great listening to Native American music!

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