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The Ecstatic Center
(Published: April 11, 2015)

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Live at Beanbenders @ Berkeley's Fine Arts Cinema July 25, 1999
http://henrykuntz.free-jazz.net/ (30:01)

HENRY KUNTZ: Nepalese Flute & Soprano Recorder, Morocco double-reed Rhaita, Tenor Saxophone

In June 1999 I attended the Festival National des Arts Populaires in Marrakech, Morocco, a 10-day music and dance extravaganza that featured more than 30 indigenous ensembles from diverse parts of the country...

At the center of nearly all of the music were exuberant and captivating melodic/rhythmic flights of fancy built upon an evolving series of lines in repetitive motion....

The sweltering dynamic of this part of the music - surrounded by a bold mix of rhythmic counterpoints emanating from drums, hand-clapping, singing, high-pitched female ululations... is what I came to think of as its Ecstatic Center.

Less than a month following my return from Morocco, I performed at Beanbenders' new series at Berkeley's Fine Arts Cinema,... a solo performance inevitably inspired by the in-depth experience of the music I had heard on my recent journey.

The music, excellently recorded by Michael Zelner, has been sitting quietly for a lot of years. Not long ago, I came across it again, and it felt like it was time to bring it into the light.

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