|In 2003, I was hired by my dear friend and longtime collaborator Chip Duncan (duncanentertainment.com) to create a score for documentary he was working on called “in a just world”. The film dealt with women’s rights to choose abortion and contraception in various cultures around the world. It called for a score that reflected cultures in the Middle East, Central Africa, South America, and the USA. In the original score, I featured several women’s voices including the ethereal and evocative voices of two of my beloved acquaintances- sacred chant chanteuse Deva Premal (devapremalmiten.com) and R&B singer Martha Redbone (martharedbone.com). in 2004, I was awarded an Emmy for the score. In 2006, I decided to elaborate on several of the themes and create full compositions of them. I enlisted another dear friend, Eric Zang, who added percussion, chant, and flutes to the growing arrangements. At that point life took me in many directions and I shelved the project for the time. In 2010, I was cleaning off a hard drive in my studio, and I discovered the songs that I’d all but forgotten about. Upon listening to them, I felt inspired to develop them further. I composed three new pieces for the project, and for Christmas of 2011, “Maya (and of the eight illusions)” was complete.
I invented words for the titles to these pieces based on how they felt to me. Hopefully, the “words” are as non-–literal as the compositions. Any meaning in any language is purely incidental. Yes, some of the chants are devotional, but I see every act of creation as devotional. In short, I wish you inspiring listening experiences with this work. I have dreamed, meditated, made love to, and danced to this music. This work has assisted me in becoming increasingly aware of the entire body as a receptor and responder to sound. The ears are only the beginning. Everything is vibration.
The songs are meant to be run in succession and after the first piece are segued very specifically. When playing and burning the CD, make sure to leave NO SPACE between songs. This should make for a very smooth and uninterrupted listening experience.
Chris Spheeris: sound designer & visual designer
Eric Zang: Middle-Eastern Percussion, male vocal chants and flutes
Deva Premal: the most beautiful of “ahhs” on “Lanilei” and “sadoor”
Martha Redbone: soulful voice on “soulana”
Steven James: Sarod & violin on “Ghali”
Alan Ames: voilin on “Narabi” Courtney Yeates: cello on “Narabi”
John Running: original portrait of Chris from which cover was designed
all songs composed by chris spheeris ©2012 essence records all songs published ©2012 chrisspheerismusic (ascap)