Ia Tulip

Migrations

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The wonderfully named Ia Tulip is a flute player and composer who has previously collaborated with guitarist William Eaton on Tracks We Leave and harpist Anne Williams on Wind Spirit. The first half of the album consists of peaceful flute meditations; most are solo, with judicious use of echo and occasional double-tracking, but two feature Eaton on lyre harp, which, sounding somewhat like a koto, lends a quasi-oriental touch. The second half ventures into heavy shamanic territory, with Mazatl Galindo (a former member of the pre-Columbian group Xochimoki) featured on all the pieces. Playing Tarahumara and Taos drums, panpipes, bamboo flutes, various rattles and shakers, and even, on one piece, kalimba, Mazatl brings a distinctively Native American sensibility to the proceedings. On "Crossing Over" he narrates a passage in the Aztec Nahuatl language, while several other tunes feature vocalizations by Ia Tulip and Anne Williams, including "Haketa" which closes the album with a chant honoring the earth. At times meditative, at times ceremonial, Migrations is a celebration of the balance between heaven and earth.