New album UNEARTHED released July 17, 2020... 20% OFF now through July 31st. - Visit https://neonegypt.com
An outgrowth of the popular San Francisco "improv" quartet Tabula Rasa, Neon Egypt is considered to have pioneered a new jazz-based hybrid of Karlheinz Stockhausen's 'Intuitive Music'. Their debut album, Tales Of Kings, released in May of 2000, is a classic of this musical form, and 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.
Intuitive Jazz / World Fusion
Whether called Intuitive Jazz, World Jazz, or World Fusion, Neon Egypt's offering is unique. Expressive, free-flowing saxophone melodies float gracefully over Taiko-like melodic drum lines, featuring the one-of-a-kind Shendai Melodic Drums.
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 title, a key or time signature, or even a concept 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 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! You can read more of the story at NeonEgypt.com/intuitive-music.
HARRISON GOLDBERG - Tenor, Alto, and Soprano saxophones
STEVEN MILLER - Melodic drums, gongs, bells, cymbals, and miscellaneous percussion.
Representation: ASCAP / Phenomaly Arts
Web Sites: https://NeonEgypt.com
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Yamaha YSS-62 soprano sax, Selmer MKVI tenor sax, and Conn 1920s 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. See https://neonegypt.com/the-shendai-drums
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. Neon Egypt is a collaboration of just two members of Tabula Rasa, with occasional guest performances by other artists including musicians, dancers, and visual artists.
Our music is occasionally performed live, usually in a concert setting, but all the songs here were studio recorded.
Individuals: Karlheinz Stockhausen, 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
Neon Egypt's albums were recorded on analog tape, then mastered to digital format using Pro Tools.
UNEARTHED (Released July, 2020), TALES OF KINGS, HOT NEON, COOL NEON (Hot Neon and Cool Neon are EPs composed of selected cuts from the CD Tales of Kings, and are presently out of production.)
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