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Ravid Goldschmidt: Pentatonic and Aeolian Hangs

Silvia Perez Cruz: voice

"llama", pronounced "yama" in English and means either "flame" or "fire" is, to the best of my knowledge, the only recording to date in which the "Hang" is featured prominently, in this case, the only instrument, except for the wonderful voice of Silvia Perez Cruz. The "Hang" of course, are the UFO-like instruments under the garden gloves pictured on the cover of this album.

Inspired by the steel pan drums of Trinidad and Tobago, but built to perfection by two instrument designers, Felix Rohner and Sabina Scharer, of PANArt in Bern, Switzerland, the "Hang" was first introduced to me by Ravid Goldschmidt whom I heard playing in one of the numerous walkways of the ancient Barri Gotic quarter in Barcelona, Spain. Not that Ravid is a typical street musician (he is often invited for concerts in Spain and Europe), it is just that

he finds it both interesting and challenging to have direct communication with his audience. When I saw him then, his audience was rather large...

Ravid, who was 25 years old at the time of this recording, was born and raised on a Kibbutz (agricultural commune) in Israel. He has played drum set "all his life", mostly Brazilian influenced, but began concentrating on the "Hang" when he first heard it played by a fellow musician at a music festival in Israel. Since that time, he has been developing his own voice on this unique instrument and "llama" is a documentation of that development.

How Ravid arrived in Spain is something interesting in itself. Although not a Christian, Ravid went to Spain to experience his own version of the "El Camino de Santiago" Pilgrimage which involves crossing northern Spain on foot, perhaps entering from France, but ultimately arriving in the northwestern city of Santiagio de Compostela. After finishing this "experience of a lifetime," Ravid went to visit a friend in Barcelona and ended up deciding to stay after trying out his instrument in the street.

He discovered an enthusiastic audience and has been in Barcelona ever since.

During his stay in Barcelona, Ravid has had numerous opportunities to hear local musicians in their own concert settings. At one of these concerts he met Si

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