|Artist: David Parsons|
Label: Celestial Harmonies
World Music: the self-conscious grafting of non-western classical elements to form an original yet familiar music.
The current crop of innovative offerings out of the electronic music community often incorporate elements of
Parsons is one of the few musicians who have physically covered as much geography as his music has. He has actually traveled to many a far off land, compiled recorded accounts of indigenous music and soaked in the local colour and overall influences of different societies. Parikrama is a somber journey inward and exposes the breadth of Parsons' vast experience.
The pieces on Parikrama are lengthy and slow to develop. Parsons' ever-evolving electronic drones are both absorbing and harmonically interesting. The reflective and contemplative nature of pieces like "Inward Journey" seems almost ceremonial. The bowed strings of "Darshan" offer focus and melody.
- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END 19 December 2000
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