Double CD from Netherlands (SKU 4366)
Double CD by Jan-Frank Gerards and Arno Adelaars, disc 2 remixed by Bart Engel. Ayahuasca has had a tremendous positive impact on their lives. This is a project out of gratitude. They recorded original ayahuasca ceremony music and made remixes to mirror the depth of these ceremonies.
Proceeds of this projects are donated to the preservation of plant medicinal knowledge, scientific research into Ayahuasca and the ICEERS Ayahuasca Defense Fund.
Disc 1: Sacha Huasi Ayahuasca Music
Artists: Jan-Frank Gerards and Arno Adelaars
Jan-Frank and Arno have accompanied shamans during their ceremonies in all corners of the world, from Nepal to Peru, from Canada to Brazil. They have drummed into the night with many tribes, like Kamsá, Kofán and Kogi. Since 2002 Jan-Frank and Arno have played together in Ayahuasca ceremonies. With a frequency of 30 ceremonies per year that means an estimated 500 nights. Many of these nights took place at the Sacha Huasi maloca, hence the name of this album.
Disc 2: Sacha Huasi Ayahuasca Remixes
Artists: Arno Adelaars, Jan-Frank Gerards and Bart Engel
The idea of recording the ayahuasca music and making a remix of it had been on Bart’s mind for two years. One night he heard Arno play the mouth harp and started imagining how he would use this as a sample, like he had done with a lot of indigenous and world music as a producer. ‘I thought: put a beat under it and you have a dancefloor filler.’
Every track has been used for a remix, or rather: a rework. It’s an interpretation of how Bart perceives the music during the ceremony. In this process Bart found out that Arno and Jan-Frank use, purely on intuition, a lot of polyrhythms, which is a 3:4 or 6:8 beat. This brings layers into the music and stimulates the imagination. Bart is quite certain that it explains how the music can pull you into the experience. To emphasize this feeling he has added more polyrhythms by weaving arpeggiators and delays through each other in the remixes.
The voice at the beginning and end of the remixes is Bruce Parry, a documentary filmmaker, known for his films with Indigenous Peoples around the world. The sample comes from, “Ayahuasca - a short film” (free on youtube) which is an outtake of the film, “Tawai, a voice from the forest”.
Arno Adelaars: Drum, Maracas, Flute, Halo Handpan, Mouth harp, Harmonica, Chacapa, Vocals
Jan Frank Gerards: Drum, Harmonica, Bandola, RAV Handpan, Chacapa
Bart Engel: Synthesizers & programming on all remixes.
Voice over on ‘The Onset’ and ‘The Flower and the Bumblebee’ by Bruce Parry (a documentary filmmaker, known for his films with Indigenous Peoples around the world. The sample comes from, “Ayahuasca - a short film” (free on youtube) which is an outtake of Bruce’s film, “Tawai, a voice from the forest”).
Vocals on ‘Return to Wirikuta’ by Mara’akame Don Toño Carillo from the Huichol tribe in Mexico. Recording is a sound excerpt of a film by the crew of www.worldceremonies.org. This track is a homage to the wonderful people of the Huichol tribe and a contribution to raise awareness for their struggles.
Vocals on ‘Butterly Garden’ by Shipibo Shaman Elena from the San Francisco village, near Pucallpa, Peru.
Jungle Sounds and explanatory voices on CD1 have kindly been made available by Gerrit Kalsbeek from his trips to the Amazon.
Stani Ferraiolo plays bass on Urban Otorongo,
Alice Roberts (aliceharp.com) plays Harp on Deep Mirror,
Maik Snippe plays Bagpipe on Bolero Bandola.
We hope you will appreciate it and support them by sharing the music. Proceeds of this projects are donated to the preservation of plant medicinal knowledge, scientific research into Ayahuasca and the ICEERS Ayahuasca Defense Fund who are aiming to create a world where ayahuasca and other psychoactive plants can be used legally and safely. The Ayahuasce Defense Fund unites state-of-the-art legal, scientific, community, and public policy expertise. Through the fund Iceers serve the community by working with defendants worldwide, providing reliable expert information and promoting sensible public policy.