CD Review: SONGS OF THE VOLCANO (Bob Brozman and Papua New Guinea Stringbands) - SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE, 9-Nov-05
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CD Review: SONGS OF THE VOLCANO

SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE
9 November 2005


Six-string guitarist Bob Brozman has made an audacious series of albums with indigenous musicians from Hawaii, India, Okinawa, Greece, Cuba, China and beyond. For "Songs of the Volcano," he traveled to Papua New Guinea, then on to Rabaul in the province of East New Britain, where he recorded with more than 50 instrumentalists and singers from five different bands. Using an open tuning system that is unique to the region, they create a sound that at times suggests what Hawaiian music might have been like in the mid-19th century before it was widely exposed to foreign influences.

The song "Tavurvur" utilizes a lilting waltz tempo, while "Karnas Leva" has an earthy folk-blues tinge. And since Western-styled harmonies were introduced to the islanders in the 1970s, many of the 16 songs here sound both foreign and familiar. As an added bonus, there's an accompanying DVD that documents the making of the album, as well as offering an overview of the island's history, geography and political landscape.

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