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Voices of Forgotten Worlds: Traditional Music of Indigenous Peoples
Concentrating on vocal traditions, the two-disc set Voices of
Forgotten Worlds delivers cut after cut of wonderful music,
frequently in stunning high-fidelity recordings. Producer
Brook Wentz' sensitive sequencing minimizes the inevitable
discontinuity from one cut to the next. The only flaws would
seem to be unavoidable with such a diverse and wide-ranging
collection: Individual pieces are too short, and they bear no real
relation to one another. Things get off to a rousing start with
a Tuvan (south Siberian) song in which the singers form a melody
of whistling overtones that careens above their voices. From
there the set skips through Japanese, South American, Northern
European, Chinese, South Seas, and Australian examples before
settling into an insistent Afghan ghazal and a glorious
instrumental Newar celebration from Nepal. Performances from
Greenland, Mexico, and Azerbaijan give way to the surprising choral
singing of the Maori of New Zealand, which seems to bend local
tradition with harmonies learned from church hymns. Among the
more familiar patterned bells of the Balinese gamelan and
otherworldly chanting of Tibetan monks, unique highlights include
a hypnotic pan pipe ensemble from the Solomon Islands; a
surprisingly gentle chant from the Kayapo (notoriously warlike
denizens of the Amazon jungle); a compelling rapid-fire pulse
of drums, bells, and a double reed from the Batak people of
Sumatra; and a Wodaabe chorus from Niger, whose sinuous, irregular
vocal phrases suddenly take form with the addition of hand claps.
Rather than displaying various traditions as artifacts to be studied,
Ellipsis Arts presents them as music to be enjoyed, an approach that
has borne fruit in several of the label's top-notch collections.
~ Ted Greenwald, All Music Guide