Various Artists

Utom: Summoning the Spirit

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This crystal-clear field recording from the mountains of the Philippines (you can even hear birds brightly trilling in the background) provides a rare record of music set in a vital surrounding. The primarily solo pieces are played on lute, fiddle, reed pipe, and gong, revealing flavors of China, India, and Africa. While the more adventurous ear will be mesmerized by the unique rhythmic line of the music, others might find this selection monotonous and annoying. Be warned, but be open-minded.

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