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Taos Mountain Meditations [Pure DSD]

Paul Livingstone, Peter Jacobson

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The Wild West

Taos evokes magic, mystery, art, multiculturalism and majesty. Home to the Tiwa-speaking Red Willow people of Taos Pueblo for more than a thousand years, home to Spanish settlers from 1600 and “Anglos” (which means everyone not Native American or Spanish) since shortly after the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, Taos offers not only breathtaking scenery, refreshing air and light and the magnificent smells of adobe earth, pinion and sagebrush, but also the social problems and triumphant collaborations that come from three distinct cultures living together in what is still in many ways the Wild West.

This is Yarlung’s third recording in the Imhof Studio in Taos, which was built just south of the Taos Pueblo and looks north to Taos Mountain. Sitar player Paul Livingstone and cellist Pete Jacobson visited Taos to make their debut Yarlung recording titled Sangam in 2021.

Blending

Livingstone and Jacobson take inspiration from the Hindustani musical tradition and from Paul’s teacher and mentor Ravi Shankar who collaborated so eloquently with Yehudi Menuhin on violin and helped to popularize Hindustani music in the West. Pete and Paul also draw inspiration from American jazz improvisation. “Sangam,” in Hindi, means many things, including “confluence,” or the blending of two people, ideas or traditions into something fresh and new. Paul and Pete chose “Sangam” to be the name of their duo.

Recorded using an AKG C24 microphone, pre-amplification by Elliot Midwood. Merging Technologies HAPI as AD with Pyramix software recording DSD 256 to capture this music in a rich two-channel and surround sound immersive environment.

For more info about Paul & Pete visit www.paulzlivingstone.com and www.peteplayscello.com


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Paul Livingstone, Sitar
Pete Jacobson, Cello

Tracklist

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1.
Dance of the Triangle
03:44
2.
The Shape of Imagination
03:10
3.
Sweater Patterns
03:55
4.
Boxes of Crayons
03:12
5.
Snow Flurries in June
03:55
6.
Ripples on a Pond
03:04
7.
Why Trees Make Music
03:28
8.
Pot Creek
06:29
9.
Sunrise
03:38
10.
Nacimiento
04:45
11.
Ascent
04:20
12.
Astral Projection
03:01
13.
Sunhawk
03:21
14.
The Smell of Rocky Mountain Rain
00:20
15.
Cottonwood Seeds Blowing in the Wind
03:09
16.
Blue Lake
03:03
17.
Evening Light Dancing
04:34
18.
Corn Pollen
02:37
19.
Mantra
02:04
20.
Rio Pueblo
01:47
21.
Rio Lucero
02:58
22.
Red Willow
08:56

Total time: 01:19:30

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Release DateJune 6, 2023

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I last heard Paul Livingstone, sitar, and Pete Jacobson, cello, in the Yarlung release of Sangram (Confluence: Music from Inside the Heart of Raga). This new outing by the duo builds upon what I so much enjoyed in that earlier album—it’s a pleasure to welcome them once again to my listening room. The performances are a blending of traditional raga and improvisations incorporating western music elements. The combination of sitar and cello really work well for me. When Ann listened, she said simply, “Oh, I really like this.”

As with Sangram, this is a Pure DSD256 recording with a single stereo microphone. Its as pure as pure gets. Just the musicians, their instruments, and us as listeners. Highly recommended.

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