Global Symphony Project (feat. the Opal String Quartet)

by Free Planet Radio

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For over a decade, Free Planet Radio has been bringing its exciting and innovative world-jazz-classical music blend to both concert stages and classrooms. For their third release, the trio expands its global sound with the addition of the virtuosic Opal String Quartet. The album opens with the Bollywood-inspired “Backyard Bhangra”, followed by the engaging middle Eastern melodies and odd meter grooves of “Ecstatic Verses.” This three movement piece was commissioned for the ensemble by the prestigious Chamber Music America, and inspired by the poetry of Rumi. The haunting modal jazz harmony of “Doctor Zhombus,” leads into the impressionistic rhythmic explorations of “City Nature.” Featuring the trio without strings, “Hamza” pays tribute to the late Nubian oud legend, Hamza El-Din. “Hijaz Mandra” closes out the recording with a traditional Turkish folk melody in a lively 7/8 meter.

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released August 13, 2015

Free Planet Radio:
Chris Rosser - cumbus and electric oud, dotar, piano, melodica, electric guitar, rhodes
River Guerguerian - hybrid drum kit, frame drums, talking drum, gongs, cajon, doumbek, riq tambourine, shakers, rattles, kanjira, bongos, wood, djembe
Eliot Wadopian – string bass, electric bass guitar

Opal String Quartet:
Ginger Kowal: violin
Mariya Potapova: violin
Kara Poorbaugh: viola
Franklin Keel: cello

Produced, mixed and arranged by Free Planet Radio
Engineered by Chris Rosser at Hollow Reed Studio, Asheville NC
Basic tracking at Sound Temple Studio, January 2015
Assistant engineer Robert George
Additional recording by River Guerguerian at Asheville Rhythm Studios
Mastered by Michael Hynes, Nomatic Studio, Asheville NC
Design by Claudine Mansour Design, www.claudinemansour.com
Photography by Jesse Kitt www.photokitt.com

String Arrangements:
Rosser:1,2,3,4,5,7; Guerguerian: 6,10; Wadopian 9,11,12

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