Pleasing amazing poetry percussion Epaminondas Trimis – PLAY THE EARTH: I received this release as a result of a review I did for Richard Dillon’s “We Follow The Star” album… Epaminondas Trimis played percussion on that album… this is my first listen to their most pleasing and amazing poetry & percussion album. A truly wonderful musical experience for anyone who loves poetry that inspires music.
The album is actually from a player named Nonda, who has extensive background in percussion and drums… per the promo sheet, the music on the album is a direct response to the poetry, which is something I’m very impressed with, since my own entry into performance (oh, so many years ago) was via spoken word (in Olympia, Washington)… when you listen to tunes like the dynamic “Skin” (which features haunting spoken word by Johanna Cireneo from South Africa), you’ll realize that you are witness to some of the most well-paced (and well-recorded) percussion and poetry on the planet… an absolute masterpiece!
The 4:06 “Bone” breathes new life into spoken word/music, with percussion that will hold you spellbound… I can (easily) see this tune getting MASSIVE airplay on different kinds of radio stations around the globe.
Be sure you listen to this superb album with your headphones on, at least for your first sitting… “Wood” “sounds like” wood; you’ll hear the breezes blowing through the branches (of your life as it progresses)!
The concept of using music to illustrate and amplify the elements that we all encounter in our daily lives is not a “new” one, but Epaminondas Trimis’s superior performance skills on pieces like the 3:57 “Gourd” make it one of the most unique albums you will ever listen to… this tune is simple, yet full of the dynamics of life.
It was easy to choose my personal favorite of the eleven marvelous songs offered up… the title track, “Play the Earth“, is one of the deepest songs I’ve listened to in many years… according to personal correspondence, the title was gifted from a Lakota Elder, Cedric Goodhouse, from Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota when Nonda was composing and recording some music for the Ken Burns film – “Louis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery”… this piece certainly merits consideration for an award (and I predict that it will WIN).
I give the players and performers on “Play The Earth” a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of a (perfect) 5.00… which means that they also get a “PICK” from me for “best percussion and poetry album”.
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