Tomáš Reindl - OMNION
2011, quality digipack cover with english commentaries)
composed, recorded and mixed by Tomáš Reindl:
voice, overtone (aliquote) singing, beat-box, tabla, didjeridu, kanjira,
darbuka, frame drums, hang, folk clarinet, "koncovka" flute,
blues harmonica, keyboards, realtime looping
special guest: Amit Chatterjee (India/US) - guitar,
Anežka Hessová – kathak bells (ghungaru), voice
Pavel Hrubý - soprano sax, bassclarinet
Ilona Vozničková - vocal
Jakub Vejnar - bass
Markéta Schley Reindlová – church organ loops
- based on the traditional Gayatrí Mantra of the Hindu tradition,
it is adjusted here to fit a 7/4 beat-box pulse and the mantra serves
here as the "drone" for the Gregorian-oriented vocal line
composed on the latin liturgical text Sacntus (Holiness).
- a meditative composition using an ancient folk clarinet from Moravia
(a simple predecessor of the modern clarinet).
- inspired by one of the earliest known Czech spiritual songs from
the 12th century which also was the first Czech national anthem.
I.Q. of the Earth)
- a real-time looping composition using only the human voice,
relying primarily on harmonic (overtone) singing. There is also a
quotation from one of the earliest Gregorian chants - Improperia,
which is sung on Good Friday in two languages - Greek and Latin.
- the "Hang" is a new musical instrument inspired by
Caribbean steel-drum, the Indonesian gongs and the African Udu. This
piece is based on realtime-looping improvisation. Besides the hang
one can hear the folk overtone-flute "koncovka," as well
as the South Indian "kanjira" (a small, powerful frame drum
with pitch bending capabilities).
Human body blues
- play with auhentic human (mostly mine) body sounds accompanied by
blues harp (harmonica) and then digeridu. The bass line was performed
unconsciousnessly (in deep sleep) by my friend Ales.
- a musical joke using fragments of famous Czech theatrical works
of Jara Cimrman (used with the permission of the authors).
Compositions with special guests:
(drum´n´feet duet with Anežka Hessova)
"Kathak," a classical dance form of North India, complex
rhythms are articulated by the hard, virtuosic tapping of the dancers'
feet in concert with the "tabla" (drum) player. As a unique
background to the music, this piece uses the authentic sounds of rituals
at the bank of the Ganges river in the sacred Indian city of Benares
(Varanasi). Church organ loop was recorded in St.Margaret Church,
south-western Bohemia town Kasperske Hory.
Guest: Anezka Hessova - Kathak footwork, voice
- the oldest composition of the Omnion project - using the
latin liturgical text as a mantra, embellished by garlands of virtuosic
improvisations by guest musicians.
Special guest: Amit Chatterjee (India/US) - guitar; and Pavel Hrubý
- soprano sax; bass clarinet; Ilona Vozničková - vocals; Jakub Vejnar
tanec Šivy a Šakti
- inspired by Indian Classical Music and the mythology
of the Hindu deities Shiva and Shakti.
Special guest: Amit Chatterjee (India/US) - guitar, vocal;
and Pavel Hrubý - soprano sax, bass clarinet