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Neon Egypt's Improvised Intuitive Jazz and World Fusion Music -
Both lifelong Jazz musicians, Steven and Harrison began experimenting with Intuitive and Improvised Music in 1992 with formation of the San Francisco Bay Area performance art collaborative Tabula Rasa. This four piece ensemble, inspired in part by the work of progressive composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, undertook an intentional regimen of mental and musical exercises designed to reach beyond the players' past training in jazz, and augment this with the ability to spontaneously create new music - by inspiration as it were - based only on attentive, intuitive listening.
The earliest experiments were hesitant and tentative, as the players struggled to escape the usual and familiar chordal and rhythmic frameworks of jazz, as well as letting go of their long-internalized personal playing habits and styles. But as the work continued week by week, new intuitive abilities and confidence began to gently emerge and solidify, until, after about a year of this practice, Steven and Harrison found that they were able to easily and spontaneously create complete new pieces of music from start to finish, "on the fly" as it were. Thus, with a name inspired by an upcoming trip to North Africa, the duo Neon Egypt was born.
For more in-depth information, and to see Steven's unique melodic drum set, visit http://neonegypt.com.
Roughly similar artists: Jan Garbarek, John Surman, Paul Winter, Anouar Brahem, Shadowfax, John Klemmer

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