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This tune, written by Mark, was originally intended to be something of a drunken waltz. A kwakumba (variously named) is a highlands PNG bamboo flute with a single blowing hole and an open end. Mark’s initial recording of this piece is heard on his solo CD, Reeds and features this flute - hence this tune’s name – and a bullhorn recorder, called a gemshorn. On this version, the gemshorn opens the piece solo and is joined by guitar and Kristiina scatting the vocal melody. The tune gradually morphs into a jazz waltz as soprano sax joins.


from Eastwinds, released June 1, 2015
Kristiina Maalaps - voice; Mark Cain - gemshorn & soprano sax; Steve Barnes - guitar


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Eastwinds Perth, Australia

Eastwinds began in 2014 when Mark Cain (reeds), Esfandiar Shahmir (ney) and Sanshi (didgeridoo) came together as a woodwind trio. We were then joined by Estonian singer, Kristiina Maalaps and today Eastwinds is a six-piece with broad influences: Estonian runo-song, classical Persian, Balkan, klezmer and contemporary jazz. All find expression in the band’s unique acoustic global sound. ... more

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