David Michael - Dari Michael - Chantilly Mae CD
Debut album featuring the compositions of David Michael's wife Dari.
The eclectic music of Chantilly Mae utilizes many modes, with genres ranging from Medieval to Klezmer ... sometimes sounding Irish or like the soundtrack to an American western. The title track sounds like a Ladino (medieval/Spanish/Jewish) melody, and with the addition of esraj (a 19-stringed bowed instrument from India), the piece falls squarely into the realm of World Fusion .... David's specialty.
Guest artists include Gwen Franz, Joe Breskin, Randy Mead, Benjy Wertheimer, Michael Mandrell, Paul Becker, Forest Shomer and Robert Rushing. 63 minutes long. 12 selections.
Most of the tunes were written in Zihuatanejo, Mexico at the Sotavento, where David and his wife (Dari) went for their honeymoon (they were married in 2004) and where they have spent more time the past few winters. David's forte is Celtic harp, but while in Mexico he plays a "beater" guitar, suitable for the beach. They bring the bowed psaltery (a chromatic, triangular melodic instrument) with them as it fits easily in luggage. While vacationing there, they have plenty of time to compose new music. They have spent the last two years creating the CD which was recorded at Synergy Sound in Port Townsend by engineer Neville Pearsall.
Titles: Klezmerelda, Maiden's Faire, Alap, Chantilly Mae, Prairie Lullaby, Hasita's Dance, Del Moro Street, Bhakatay, Rain, Millie's Lark, Sotavento, Welcome Home Little One