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MP3 Do'a - Randy Armstrong & Ken Laroche - Companions

World fusion music reflecting jazz, classical, folk and world-wide musical influences performed on instruments from around the globe.

6 MP3 Songs
WORLD: World Fusion, JAZZ: World Fusion

Show all album songs: Companions Songs


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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