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Happy New Year!
This is the first update of this site in over a year ....
2008 ended up being quite a distraction !!
However it was also an exciting year, with a new album almost ready for release.
A real mix of influences with a strong bellydancing theme.
I have tried to create a range of tunes aimed at a variety of dance styles.
ATS, traditional, house and tribal fusion for example.....
watch this space for more news !
Solstice greetings !
2007 has been a very busy year for me !! A big thank you to every one who has helped get me through the last 12 months !!!
The XamXam gig in Brighton and the Tarab show in Birmingham both went very well, the BBC are interested in continuing their support of the XamXam project in the new year and the Tarab show has paved the way for similar 'multi media' shows in Ireland and the USA next year.
'While the green man sleeps' has just been released on line and is now available on itunes. The 1st 'Chil le Monde' album is also up on itunes, with the next album well underway.
During the course of the year I have also released my 'online' only album 'Eastern Moments' as well as 'Living like this' and 'Not waving Im drowning' from the old 'Expandis' catalogue.
The 'Stallion' album has already sold out and will be re - pressed early next year and looks like having a special collectors release in Japan ! There are no plans to put the album up on itunes however so if you want to give it a listen you can visit the bands new myspace profile.
My new album project is going well, special thanks to Lilith for her hard work and support during the NYC sessions !! I will be back over in the states for Christmas for further sessions.
A sparkling, evocative melting pot of dance, music and digital media, inspired by the ancient silk and spice routes.
Following their sell-out show Magic Caravan in Dublin the unique international dance collective Rashani World Fusion joins forces with Midlands-based duo Pedralta Dance and composer, musician and digital media artist Phil Thornton, for a one-night spectacular. "Rashani really got the crowds rocking!" Irish Times Festival of World Cultures Main Stage "Rashani's performance kept me on the edge of my seat." Fantasia Join the cast, at the after show party, at nearby Moroccan restaurant Zagora. (Places are limited for the meal, so book early) Ticket Office 01543 414597 Or book online at Pedralta.com
For the last few weeks I have been over in New York working on a new project ! The aim is to create a show featuring tribal dance, VJ and live performance. To this end I have been recording with rising star 'lilith' (as well as filming over 10 hours of video material including 2 gigs !) Collaborating with musicians, costume designers and tribal dancers from NYC and San Francisco.
We have already completed one new track 'Guardian' which will be featured on the new Earthdance album 'Chill le Monde' due for release in a few weeks time. I am planning to release a new album later this year and put up various youtube clips in support of the new show.
NEW ALBUM RELEASED !
to hear my new album 'EASTERN MOMENTS' please click on artwork !
The trip to Africa went really well, we recorded 2 songs each from collaborations with 4 tribal groups - Jola, Mandinka, Wollof and Karandinka. Our aim is to continue developing these 8 songs in to an album and live show. Please click here to visit the projects myspace profile for more info.
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