String songs. Wound, knotted, looped back over, and tied. Pulled into a line. Curved into a phrase. Braided as cycle, pattern, and variation. Circled, lifted, and set down already there. String as line. Ngoni to banjo. Surface as line. Banjo to drum. Skin to string. Slide on string. Brass bowed, struck, and rung. Line curved to ring. Beat and shine. Strings to cord. Voice of cords. Line to curve. Form to ring.
We had often heard each other loudly. Then to speak softly, this trio gathered to strum out some of Ben and Rob's tunes. They had first taught them to each other at their home. I picked them up when they came down to Crete for daytime sessions. To ring bells and to warm up winter. They led to layers. The string trio of drums. The string trio of bells. The string trio of shout. We circled, left instruments at hand, composed lines, spun tape.
released May 1, 2017
Will Faber - guitar, ngoni, zither, flute, bells, percussion, voice
Rob Frye- guitar, mountain dulcimer, bells, percussion, voice
Ben Lamar Gay- banjo, bells, percussion, voice
Kadya, Bakari, and Ghalib composed by Ben Lamar Gay
Rabbit composed by Rob Frye
Recorded to tape and mixed: winter, 2015 in Crete, IL by Will Faber
Mastered: Alex Inglizian, 2017
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