Cameron Powers Project CD
Your Cameron Powers Project instrumental CD is incredibly on-target! It's one of the only truly "in-tune" performances I know of. The shift to the soul-stirring ancient harmonies is now complete in you. They are so internalized that you can dance freely there, and the result is breathtaking. The "minor" thirds and sixths sound so much more powerful than the same minor intervals in western tuning. The sevenths are incredibly evocative. I know you studied and practiced hard to find these notes, but now that the heavy intellectual lifting has been done, you have uncovered a treasure trove of brilliant sound that far surpasses any academic or intellectual achievement. This is no academic exercise, it's a bringing to the surface the radiant jewels that had been buried in our hearts for too long.
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The 18 songs embedded in these 5 tracks - Copyright © 2012 by Cameron Powers - are written in the following Egyptian modes, or “maqams:”
Track 1: Deep Surrender – Maqams Saba and Shehnaz
Track 2: Wide Open Heart – Maqams Shehnaz, Hijaz Awji, Nawa Athar, Bayati, Sikah
Track 3: Breath of an Angel – Maqams Sikah, Kurd, Ajem, Husseyni
Track 4: Perfect Shining Tiger – Maqams Suznak, Athar Kurd, Hijaz Kar, Jaharka, Nahawand, Hijaz Gharib
Track 5: All of the Moons -- Maqams Rahat al Arwah, Rast, Huzam, Hijaz Kar
The rhythms used are all from traditional dance forms from Egypt, Syria, Greece, Iraq and Turkey. They have been beaten into the earth by dancing feet for thousands of years and are counted in measures of three, four, five, seven, eight, nine and ten. They have names like Maqsum, Ayyub, Syrto, Karsilama, Kalamatiano, Jurjina, Dabke, Tsiftitelli, Wahda, Malfuf.
The non-profit organization Musical Missions of Peace was created to help perpetuate the Musical Ambassador activities of Cameron Powers, Kristina Sophia and others who have traveled and performed in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Indonesia with the intention of honoring beautiful indigenous music and dance traditions.
Special Thanks to Eva Soltes:
Administrator of Artist Residency Programs at Harrison House in Joshua Tree, CA where Cameron composed these songs!
Special Thanks to Kristina Sophia:
for taking the cover photo and for endless loving co-creativity!
Initial Recording Sessions: Four Mile Canyon Underground
Studio Mixing by Cameron Powers
Studio Mastering by Gilly Gonzalez
For more information about this project go to:
Additional Special Thanks to these musicians from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Greece, Little Armenia (New York City), Azerbaijan, Palestine and Syria who guided Cameron into the world of “justly intonated” “perfectly harmonious” “microtonal quarter-tone” dance music:
Atef Abd elHameed, Faruk Tekbilek, Georges Lammam, Haig Manoukian, Jalaladin Takesh, Jihad from Amman, Joe Zeytoonian, Ibrahim Sukar, Muhsin al Hashimi, Nabil Azzam, Naser Musa, Psonis and Juliaras from Athens, Qadry Srour, Saadoun al Bayati, Souhail Kaspar, Souren Baronian, Simon Shaheen and so many more!
Additional Super Special Thanks to the Cameron Powers Project Band Members!
This group of Boulder, Colorado-based musicians has got the magic, the skill, the stamina and the deep loving friendship to give birth to these unique musical offerings!
Cameron’s 18 original songs are each written in a different Egyptian musical mode or “maqam.”
The intervals between the notes in these 18 scales are all tuned according to the physical laws of harmony known as “just intonation.” This means that the harmonic intervals are tuned to a degree of perfection now generally found only in Oriental music traditions. All the instruments used on this CD are capable of microtonal pitch changes. To learn more about harmonic perfections available in microtonal music scales which survive from ancient times in places like India and Egypt, pick up a copy of Cameron’s latest book, “Harmonic Secrets of Arabic Music.”