Talking Sticks Almost Finished!
Talking Sticks is almost finished!
We will begin video post-production late February.
Location shooting includes Ghana (small village), Mexico
(Chiapas region where marimbas first landed from the
Africa), Brasil (National Symphony of Brasil and
Carnival) and Norway (where I made an ICE xylophone!).
Interviewees include vibraphone legends Gary
Burton and Mike Mainieri.
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exciting final phase of production:
My latest CD is
BRASILIAN VIBES, available on iTunes. Physical discs are
available at the link at
There are numerous vocal tracks on this record,
something a bit different for me. It includes jazz
trombonist Wycliffe Gordon (he scats on
"Four Brothers") and Brasilian guitarist Nelson
Recorded in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, NYC and CT, I
went back to Rio for 10 days to mix it. On this
recording I reach to my keyboard roots, recording
piano/keys on 3 tracks - along with my Vibes, Marimba
and Steel Drums (1 track). Brasilian Vibes presents my
instruments (vibes and marimba) in a hybridisation of
Brasilian styles. This mixture of pop, jazz and
percussion energy reunites my instruments with their
African percussion roots, Brasilian-style, to present a
cross section of the vast energy in Brasilian music with
funky, grooving tracks including vocals and a few
originals of mine.
2013 is shaping up to
be a busy year for recording projects. I have been
composing for and rehearsing with the NJ-based group
River Road. We are scheduled to record a CD in June
for release this summer.
It's beautiful, adventurous, acoustic contemporary jazz.
The album will be released by Unseen Records.
After that I will work on the soundtrack release for
Talking Sticks. At some point
this year I'll be in Rio finishing the acoustic jazz
project I started last year. I've decided compose
chamber orchestra accompaniment for that project.
Finally (!), later this year Ney Rosauro
and I will record a duo album for Unseen
Rain. MalletWorks Music
will publish all lead sheets and transcriptions.
I performed and gave a workshop
at the Yale Jazz Festival in early April, and am headed
soon to do a residency at Iowa State University. There
I'll be teaching and presenting 3 concerts. In addition
to scattered local appearances this Summer, it's looking
like things will fall into place for an Israel tour in
Arthur will appear on the upcoming
release River Road from Unseen Rain
Drummer and multi-percussionist
Jon Berger, with old friends
Lee Marvin (double bass) and
(guitars, alto guitar, mandola) along with multi-reed
wizard Dan Willis navigate compositions
with roots in jazz, new music and folk and ethnic music
with astounding freedom and aplomb.
here for more information.
A special note: I will personally sign all CDs of mine
MANY thanks and let's keep the music playing!!
- Arthur and team
Arthur Lipner online!