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Mark wrote this tune for recently emigrated Iranian musician, Esfandiar Shahmir, who plays both Persian ney and daf (frame drum) on this this tune in 7/8. Mark plays his own customised claritube (in A). The Persian ney varies from other ney flutes of the Middle East, all of which are end-blown flutes. Esi’s instrument is played with an extended section of thin plastic film that wraps around the flute’s blowing end and fits up in between the teeth. The flute is played by directing (refracting) one’s air off the upper palate and down into the top of the mouthpiece extension. This gives an airy, mystical sound that can be further shaped by movement of the mouth whilst playing. Esfandiar is also an outstanding exponent of the daf, a
Persian frame drum with small metal rings surrounding its perimeter. These rings create a light shimmer when the drum is played. The claritube is a continuation of instruments Mark began making in the 1980s with his group, AC/PVC. It’s a tuned clarinet (or more accurately, a chalumeau) fashioned from sections of polypipe.
track released June 1, 2015
Kristiina Maalaps – voice; Esfandiar Shahmir- ney and daf; Mark Cain - claritube (in A); Steve Barnes - guitar and Sanshi - low A didgeridoo