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Patrick von Wiegandt citern, bass

Delbi Smart drums

Dennis O'Hanlon citerns

Pierre Grill zurna, duduk, accordion, finger cymbals, tambourine, tympani

Recorded by: Delbi Smart, Patrick von Wiegandt, Pierre Grill

Mixed by: Pierre Grill


Its Greek to Me MP3 Sample

I love this piece. It's probably the strangest piece of music I have written and recorded (then again...) A few years ago, I was on a 5 hour flight and I plugged in the headphones and played some "world music" from the airplanes sound system.

I heard this song called "AGATHA" by a man named RACHID TEHA. It's a Mid east - and western sound combo, with a great vocal. Very hypnotic. I was blown away.

I could not stop listening to it. The song is 8 minute long - and I kept playing it over and over again, until we landed. I am a bit obsessive that way.

When I got home, I pulled out my citern, an 8 string, bouzouki type of instrument, and started playing a piece that had elements of east and westb(ok, I was trying to steal the lick.) well, I got into a fun groove - so I quickly recorded the riff I was doing. It all sounded new and strange to me - so I called it "IT'S GREEK TO ME."

I let it sit for a while.

When I came back to it, a few months later, I still liked it. I had been listening to a lot of mid east type music and I really like the sounds they make. So, I called my friend Delbi Smart and asked her if she could program some ethnic type drum sounds for me and record my citern tracks. She did and it sounded good right away.

I then added a bass track, that my friend, Jeff Borgeson, recorded. It was upbeat and fun. It worked. I was on my way to Athens...

I played it all for my friend Dennis O'Hanlon and he went nuts, grabbed the citern and started playing these great Greek type licks. We recorded it, and after a few tries, got the right tracks.

Next, I went to Pierre Grill, in Hawaii, who plays everything, is French, and loves ethnic music and this weird stuff that I sometimes come up with.

He played a ZURNA, and a DUDUK on his keyboard and captured the flavor of the piece. He then played some accordion parts and added finger cymbals and a tambourine.

We had a blast and kept mixing it and changing things around. We agreed that we did capture the essence of the piece.

So... I hope you enjoy it. I am really now sure what it I will continue to call it..."IT'S GREEK TO ME" (with all respect to all GREEK and MID EASTERN musicians.

Patrick VW

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