24-BIT MASTERING FROM THE ORIGINAL RECORDINGS
Recorded in 1983 and released in 1984 on the Vermont based indie label, Philo Records distributed by Rounder Records, this album features Do’a World Music Ensemble as a quintet with co-founders, Randy Armstrong and Ken LaRoche performing John Hunter, Marty Quinn, Charlie Jennison. Additional musicians include David Marlowe, Barbara London and Melissa Brown.
Randy Armstrong – Acoustic and Classical Guitars, West African Balafon, Mandolin Harp, Nyunga & Dzavadzimu Mbira, North Indian Tabla, Bolivian Charango, Adodo Drum (talking drum), Gankogui Bell, High-string Guitar, Brazilian Berimbau, Djembe, Percussion, Vocals
Ken LaRoche – Concert and Alto Flutes, Piano, Synthesizer, C-Soprano Saxophone, Nyunga and Dzavadzimu Mibira, Ocarina, Chinese reed Flute, Percussion, Vocals
Marty Quinn – North Indian Tabla, Drums, Percussion, Vocals
John Hunter – Acoustic Bass
Charlie Jennison – Soprano Saxophone
David Marlowe – French Horn
Melissa Brown – Cello
Barbara London - Vocals
It is our hope that the music produced on this album will contribute in some small way to the cessation of human suffering, and to the realization of the unity of the human race and the need for the elimination of all forms of prejudice.
“A marvelous kaleidoscope of shifting melodies, rhythms and instrumental colors." - Downbeat
“The musicians of Do’a don’t just double on instruments, they multiply them into a veritable symphony.” - Washington Post
"A shimmering kaleidoscope of sound, taking from jazz, middle eastern and African musics. The music is introspective without being heavy, lighting the way into new areas with grace and cheer."
- The Victory Music Folk and Jazz Review
Do’a is an Arabic-Persian word signifying a call to prayer, meditation, chanting and worship.
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