Globalarium is a collecion of pieces, whose central theme is a portrait of a unified world in harmony, through a light-hearted fusion of multiple ethnic music styles. Drawing much from rhythmic inspiration, and balancing on the central pivot of Western style ‘grooves’, the music sees the meeting of such diverse elements as didgeridoo, classical flute, trumpet, shakuhachi, recorder, steel drum as well as a large selection of sampled and electronic sounds.
Customer Review – “James Asher’s fantasia of world / tribal music is a delightful brew – an intoxicating concoction of global rhythms and Western style ‘grooves’. Many cuts use chants and drones to weave hypnotic spells, while others will coax your hips to swaying with their seductive rhythms.”
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I’d had this music on a cassette a few years ago and the tape broke. I was thrilled to be able to find it now on a CD. Light some incense, put this on your CD player and I guarantee your stress will disappear. Terri DuLong from Cedar Key, Florida
Globalarium is a musical portrait of a unified and harmonious world through a multiplicity of ethnic musical styles. Just as James Asher’s previous, The Great Wheel, covered a lot of ground, his new Globalarium travels far and wide in gathering its musical influences, such as didgeridoo, classical flute, trumpet, shakuhachi, recorder, steel drum and a large selection of sampled and electronic sounds. Adding to the mix are guest performers such as Hossam Ramsy on percussion (has played with Peter Gabriel), Tim Wheater on flute, Joji Hirota (of Trisan trio), and, of course, James Asher himself who plays keyboards in addition to being composer, producer and arranger on Globalarium. The ingenious combinations and multi-textured pieces command attention and invite lots of in-depth exploration for rewarding listening all the way. Backroads Music/Heartbeats, All Music Guide
Credits : Produced by James Asher except track 10 produced by Acoris Andipa and James Asher. Recorded at Lumina Studio’s, London. Track 1,3,4,5,10 mixed by James Asher. Tracks 2,6,7,8,9 mixed by Grahame Gerrard and James Asher. All compositions by James Asher except track 3 by Suzanne Bramson and James Asher. Published by James Asher/Three Kettles Music [ASCAP/PRS]. Silver Wave Records [SD-802] 1993. Flute and Shakuhachi parts transcribed on Atari using Notator and digitally mastered by Paul Wiffen. James Asher: Keyboards, Drums, Shak-Shak, Bottle, Handclaps. Suzanne Bramson: Vocals. Acoris Andipa: Vocals, Handclaps, Keys. Hossam Ramzy: Percussion-The Sultan of Swing (courtesy of ARC Music Int.). Joji Hirota: Shakuhachi. Tim Wheater: Flute (tracks 6 and 9), Native American Flute (track 9). Michael Cox: Flute (tracks 1 and 4). Phil Thornton: Recorder/Elbow Guitar. Ted Emmett: Trumpet. Andy Peters: Didgeridoo. Ricky De Cairos: Steel Drum.