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Neon Egypt was active as a musical group from 1999 through late 2007. An outgrowth of the popular San Francisco improvisational jazz quartet Tabula Rasa, Neon Egypt is widely considered to have pioneered a new jazz-based hybrid of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Intuitive Music. Their sole album, Tales Of Kings, released in May of 2000, is recognized as a classic of the genre. Various songs from the album regularly populated top slots in the Improvisational Jazz and World Fusion charts on numerous Internet music stations for several years following its release. The album’s most popular song, Passage To Djibouti, has appeared in several feature settings, most notably in the 2004 art film Journey of the Dream Warrior.

Although the group’s members have now moved on to other works, its legacy of leading edge intuitive music remains. The CD Tales Of Kings plus individual digital downloads are available here at Soundclick in our Soundclick Store, and through most major Internet music providers.

Meditative Jazz / World Fusion

Whether called Meditative Jazz, World Jazz, or World Fusion, Neon Egypt's offering is decidedly unique. Expressive, free-flowing saxophone melodies float gracefully over Taiko-like melodic drum lines, featuring the one-of-a-kind Shendai Ceremonial Drums.

Intuitive Music

All of Neon Egypt's selections are "first takes" of spontaneously improvised Intuitive Music, recorded live. None of their pieces have a predetermined form or concept, a title, or even a key or time signature before play is begun - each is truly a unique product of the moment. Yet each also has clear musicality, satisfying coherence and unmistakable structure. The broad foundation of melodic drum and percussion music created by the Shendai Ceremonial Drums allows master jazz saxophone soloist Harrison Goldberg freedom to weave an artful musical offering in real time. The result... well, you are invited to listen for yourself!

Group Members

HARRISON GOLDBERG - Tenor, Alto, and Soprano saxophones
STEVEN MILLER - Melodic drums, gongs, bells, cymbals, and miscellaneous percussion.
Representation: ASCAP / Phenomaly Arts
Web Sites: www.NeonEgypt.com
CD Sales: Neon Egypt CDs

You'll also find Neon Egypt's CDs at CD Baby, and 320 & 192kbps MP3 downloads at the Neon Egypt Audio Shop


Yamaha YSS-62 soprano sax, Selmer MKVI tenor sax, and Conn 1920’s vintage silver alto sax; Shendai Ceremonial Drums, various gongs, cymbals, bells and hand percussion instruments. The Shendai drums are a unique set, a cross between Taiko drums and Timpani, and are played with specially designed percussion mallets.

Neon Egypt - Unusual Improvised World Jazz and World Fusion Music

Why this name?
Neon as in new, fresh, innovative and jazzy. Egypt as in fascinating world of (mystical) intrigue; also, a recognition and honoring of tradition.
Do you play live?
Our music is occasionally performed live, usually in a concert setting (see Photos), but all the songs here were studio recorded.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
The internet opens fantastic new opportunities for artists to have their work found and heard by its natural audience worldwide. Artists have the option to participate more directly in their music's exposure, promotion, and distribution, as suits each individually.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
All musical and artistic opportunities are open to consideration.
Band History:
Both Steven Miller and Harrison Goldberg are veteran jazz players who moved beyond mainstream jazz in 1992, with formation of the California-based performance art collaborative Tabula Rasa. Their critically acclaimed "collage" performances incorporated a melding of improvised acoustic/electronic music, dance, and visual art. This work led to formation of the improvisational trio Legend, and release of their debut CD by the same name early in 1997. Neon Egypt is a collaboration of just two members of Legend, with occasional guest performances by other artists including musicians, dancers, and visual artists.
Your influences?
Individuals: Karlheinz Stockhausen, Wayne Shorter, Paul Desmond, Paul McCandless, Pharoah Sanders, Paul Winter, Steve Roach, Michael Stearns, Robert Rich, Jan Garbarek, Al (Ali) Gromer Khan.
Genres: World Jazz; African, Middle Eastern, and Oriental music; Gagaku; Noh (No) Theater; Free Jazz, Creative Music, New Music; Ambient; Taiko; Mystical Egypt
Favorite spot?
The many beautiful sights and experiences of Egypt, including the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza, Valley Of The Kings, the Nile Valley and Delta, Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, and Egypt's serenely beautiful desert.
Equipment used:
Neon Egypt's albums were recorded on analog tape, then mastered to digital format using Pro Tools.
Anything else...?
TALES OF KINGS, HOT NEON, COOL NEON (Hot Neon and Cool Neon are EPs composed of selected cuts from the CD Tales of Kings) To purchase, visit Neon Egypt CDs

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