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
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 PLAY
"A fresh morning... New movement, new life!"
of the Lotus PLAY
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!
GOLDBERG - Yamaha soprano sax, Selmer
MKVI Tenor Sax,
classic silver alto sax.
Ceremonial Drums, various bells, gongs,
cymbals, and hand percussion instruments. The Shendai drums
are a unique melodic drum set, a cross between Taiko Drums
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.
Both 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
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 guidelines. (See
Music) 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
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 the Shendai Ceremonial
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, and if 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 tracks, some press 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
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