MUSIC & POETRY
Welcome to a Taste of Mystical Egypt...
was active as a musical group from 1999 through late 2007. An outgrowth
of the popular San Francisco improvisational jazz quartet
Tabula Rasa, Neon Egypt is widely
considered to have pioneered a new jazz-based hybrid of Karlheinz
Stockhausenís Intuitive Music. Their
sole album, Tales Of Kings, released in May of 2000, is recognized
as a classic of the genre. Various songs from the album regularly
populated top slots in the Improvisational Jazz and World Fusion charts on
numerous Internet music stations for several years following the albumís
release. The albumís most popular song, Passage To Djibouti,
has appeared in several feature settings, most notably in the 2004 art
film Journey of the Dream Warrior.
Although the groupís
members have now moved on to other works, its legacy of leading edge
intuitive music remains. The CD Tales Of Kings is available online, and as
a digital download through this web site and most major
Internet music providers.
Whether called Meditative Jazz, World Jazz, or World Fusion, Neon Egypt's
offering is decidedly unique. Expressive, free-flowing saxophone melodies float gracefully over Taiko-like melodic drum lines, featuring the one-of-a-kind
Shendai Ceremonial Drums
Passage To Djibouti
"A fresh morning... New movement, new life!"
Night of the
"Many come by day
But the night...
Night of the Lotus
Those who know her
Taste the sweetness"
All of Neon Egypt's selections are "first takes" of spontaneously
improvised Intuitive Music, recorded live. None of their pieces have a predetermined
form or concept, a title, or even a key or time signature before play is
begun - each is truly a unique product of the moment. Yet each has clear
musicality, satisfying coherence and unmistakable structure. The broad
foundation of melodic drum and percussion music created by Steven Miller's
Shendai Ceremonial Drums allows master jazz saxophone soloist Harrison
Goldberg freedom to weave an artful musical offering in real time. The
result... well, you are invited to listen for yourself!
Come join us for an exotic artistic excursion!
The Musicians and Instruments
HARRISON GOLDBERG -
Yamaha soprano sax,
Sax, and Conn classic silver alto sax.
Shendai Ceremonial Drums, various bells, gongs, cymbals, and hand
percussion instruments. The Shendai drums are a unique melodic drum set, a cross between
and are played with specially designed percussion mallets.
- Plus guest appearances by other artists
Neon Egypt's unusual music has topped the
World Fusion charts on numerous Internet music sites and radio stations since the debut of
their unique, groundbreaking CD Tales Of Kings in May 2000.
It continues to appear consistently in the Top 10 in World Jazz and World
Fusion music charts worldwide today, more than seven years later. The album Tales Of Kings has been diversely used as Tai
Chi and Yoga meditation music, modern dance music, and as background for
Egyptian travel and history seminars. It is also featured in the art
film Journey of the Dream Warrior from Dream Power International
of Seattle, Washington USA. Visit the
Global page to see where fans
and visitors hail from.
Steven Miller and Harrison Goldberg are veteran jazz musicians who
stepped outside mainstream jazz in 1992 with formation of the
California-based performance art collaborative
Tabula Rasa. This group of four players, which included well
known San Francisco Bay Area creative musicians Troy Silveira on piano and
seven-string guitarist Ron Thompson,
founder of the progressive improv group SpiritPark, strove to learn to improvise music
and performance art live using only the compasses of intuition and
heart, and without the benefit of any predetermined structure, form or
Their critically acclaimed 'collage' performances
incorporated a melding of improvised acoustic/electronic music, dance,
and visual art. This work led to formation of the improvisational
trio Legend with bassist/synthesist Roger Foote, and
release of their debut music CD early in 1997. Now performing as the duo
Neon Egypt, Miller and Goldberg feature guest performances by
contributing artists including musicians, dancers, and visual artists.
Roots and Influences
Jazz, African, Middle Eastern and Oriental music, Gagaku, Noh (No)
Theatre, Free Jazz, Creative Music, New Music, Mysticism, Taiko
You'll find a wealth of information on this site about Neon
Egypt's unusual music and how it began, and that most unusual
instrument, the collection of brass and pitched percussion instruments called
Ceremonial Drums. You'll also have a chance to hear the
group's latest Jazz and World Fusion recordings online, download
Studio Grade (audiophile quality) 320kbps mp3s of their songs,
you prefer, buy their CDs. There
is a sampling of
Harrison Goldberg's visual artwork, Steven Miller's short
'Haiku' poems that accompany each of Neon Egypt's
and listener reviews,
and a photo gallery of images from stage and recording studio, plus
travel scenes from Egypt and North Africa. You'll also find
links to many special artists and musicians whom they support and encourage.
If you are an artist or musician yourself, be sure to visit the
Web Resources Page.
Thanks for dropping
by... enjoy your visit!
Top Photo: Percussionist Steven
Miller plays a sixty-two inch brass vase in performance with interpretive
dancer Layne Russell at Luther Burbank Center For The Arts, Santa Rosa,
California. Saxophonist Harrison Goldberg is hidden by the curtain at right. Photo by Chris Mars
Latest Site Update: 05-25-2013
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