ShAnLi’ was created when Linda Khandro, Shiho Kurauchi and Ann Lindquist decided to
the essence of our musical energies in a recording. This organic process became our Tethys project.
It seemed appropriate to name our project Tethys because of all the water imagery
In Classical Greek mythology, Tethys, daughter of Uranus and Gaia, was a Sea Goddess
and mother of rivers. It is also the name of an ancient sea and a moon of Uranus.
The way we work as a group is to choose a key,
a time signature, perhaps a landscape of imagery
and/or emotion, then focus on listening. Our combined sense of attention,
being in the moment, stepping into the music and trusting each other is what you hear.
In the beginning…
Linda suggested that we improvise an introduction to her piece called La Playa.
She recorded the ocean at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and that was our inspiration for
improvising. That, and knowing it was an introductory piece for La Playa. We
played ocean music.
"The mode was chosen and flute began this journey. Originally, we were not
going to use it but there was something there… it haunted me until I added more parts.
There is something ancient here being brought forth, like a spring bubbling up from
somewhere. For me there was a definite Celtic feel to what we created."
Sombra de la Aparique
"This means "Shadow of the Trout" in Spanish.
The story begins in the Cascade mountains of Washington at Black Pine Lake.
There was a gathering of Artists and Scientists collaborating on how to preserve
that wilderness area. I was at the edge of the lake playing my bass flute
with the fabric of life around me. At that moment, one of the Biologists
at the other end of the lake was watching the shadow of a trout dancing with my music.
It seemed to be synchronistic. Fast forward years later and I meet Joe Tomelleri,
a Biologist/Artist who is searching for the lost Golden Trout. His journey takes
him to Mexico where he finds perhaps the last remaining Golden Trout on the planet.
He and others are working together to preserve the wilderness area where the
Golden Trout are. You can learn more about his work by visiting www.americanfishes.com.
It seemed to be a full circle connecting around that experience and I wanted to
feature the bass flute so I added this to the project."
Ann and Linda's piece.
"My vision was to do something in 7/8 time with the tamboura as a drone.
This was well suited for the bass flute and the harp and besides the loose structure
it was all improvised. I think we did this in the first take."
Ann and Shiho's piece.
"Kujira means "Whale" in Japanese. This name came
through my daughter Rachel as she listened to it. She said it felt like a whale
swimming deep in the ocean. This piece has the melody written as well as
improvisation with the flute and koto."
Linda had recorded one of her harps in Mexico with the wind vibrating the
strings until they resonated music. In essence we were playing with the wind
and improvised over the recording with the bass, contrabass flutes and harp.
This is definitely atmospheric.
The tunings were set, the harp would start, and the rest you can hear.
We rode the wave entwining our energies and created this piece.
"I listen for patterns in the rain and this one became quite
clear one evening. I began experimenting with the sounds and wondered, what if the
instruments were rain drops? Not in time and in time. What if they played the
symbolic rain pattern randomly? What started with that premise became the Rain
improvisation you hear."
Ann and Linda's piece
"This piece was originally going to be a lullaby for my grandson, Tavus.
I love the earthy gentle sounds of the dousongoni (instrument from Africa) and
I wanted to hear what combining the gentle sounds of the contrabass flute would do.
When we stepped into the energy of those instruments they created a sound unto
themselves. The music took me deep into the earth or the womb. Then my husband
Jesse found more water names and Yemaya was amongst them. Yemaya is a Goddess
in African belief systems and she represents the ocean, the essence of motherhood,
and a protector of children. Closer than I thought."
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