March 1-31 Arcadia Gallery

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5th video: Sufi Whirling, days 21-24 updates

and here we go:

 

 

 

Whirling Dervish David Coskun with improvised music by the Cycles Collective.

 

Reid Dennison recorded 3 udu parts on March 12; Dave Chan, Steve Mancuso, Larry Graves, Marcus Ali, Sarah Peebles and I recorded pati, pandeiro, gungon, soprano saxophone, shō (Japanese mouth organ) and tabla on March 13th; David Coskun Whirled on March 19th.

 

 

Sema: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sufi_whirling

 

Music:
Recorded by Ed Hanley
Edited and mixed by Ed Hanley and Larry Graves

 

Video:
Recorded by Ed Hanley and Ali Jafri (slo-mo ceiling-cam triggerman!)
Edited by Ed Hanley

 

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David Coskun in full whirl. Photo by Ali Jafri

 

What else…

 

Day 21

 

I was very grumpy, and Ward McBurney came in with 2 drumsticks, a metal-tipped baton of some kind, a portable cassette-player, wearing knee-pads and reflective anklets, confidently announcing “ok Ed, I brought you some British military music!‘, and proceeded to march/dance up and down the space to pipes & drums. My eyes went O.O, and my mood lifted slightly, but it wasn’t until I heard that distantly familiar, old-timey stop tape-eject tape-insert play plastic-y sequence of sounds (ah, memories) and Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’ filled the room that I marvelled at Ward’s ability to be so completely unexpected, and smiled hard. Suba came in mid-song, and sang and danced along, and my grumpyness was completely suffocated in an audio-visual cotton-candy of absurdity. Thank you, awesome people!

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BUT!

 

That was only the beginning!

 

old friend and percussionist extrordinaire Jurij Konje came with Suba, and then musical swiss-army knife Dylan Bell showed up, and we recorded some stuff, including Jurij playing the tiniest kalimba on earth and we all counted to 11 together! Over and over again! (<– I know that doesn’t make ANY sense, but it will)

 

Day 22

 

Kimberley Way came by with her Ukelele and sang a song…lovely! video to come!

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Day 23

 

Justin Gray came by with his Bass Veena and overdubbed on one of the early tabla tracks, and we did a couple traditional pieces. WHAT AN AWESOME INSTRUMENT! WHAT AN AWESOME PLAYER!

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Day 24!

 

Another epic painting-music session with Jim Taylor and Larry Graves plus Marcus Ali, John Wojewoda and Anita Katakkar.

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Jean McLellan came in and watched her video for the first time, and pointed out that we should have seen her at age 18 (she’s 90 now), so she brought a photo;

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