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Shallow River Flowing

by Palancar

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Abendwind 08:16


In 17th century Japan there once lived a poet named Matsuo Basho, who authored some of the most evocative, transcendent, and occasionally humorous poetry ever written. Working primarily in the haiku form, his words resonate even today with their imagery, depth, and delicate touch.

One of his more famous quotes was this:

"A good poem is one in which the form of the verse and the joining of its parts seem light as a shallow river flowing over its sandy bed."

With my latest album, entitled "Shallow River Flowing", I have released a collection of beatless flowing soundscapes meant to evoke some of the imagery I experience when reading such poetry.

The title of every track on the album is taken from a poet or a poem, often a haiku but not necessarily, and the music therein tries to capture the essence of the poem as I interpreted it. Some of the music is dark and spooky, some of it light and soaring, but all of it came from the heart.

I hope you find this music refreshing and rewarding, and that you also search on the net for the references the titles imply. Reading the poetry while listening is definitely the way I enjoy it, and I hope you will do the same.

"Crowd of Stars" - from "When You Are Old" by William Butler Yeats
"Shallow River Flowing" - quote by Matsuo Basho about poetry
"The Root is One" - from "The Coming of Wisdom with Time" by William Butler Yeats
"Abendwind" - from "Abendwind" by Gert W. Knop
"One Leaf From the Kiri Tree" - an untitled haiku by Matsuo Basho
"Essential Oil" - from "The Burned Essential Oil" by Philip Levine
"Tall Grass Their Monument" - an untitled haiku by Matsuo Basho
"Ankle-Deep in Liquid Gold" - from "An Autumn Sunset" by Theron Brown


released October 30, 2017

All music produced by Darrell Burgan in 2016 to 2017.

Beautiful photography courtesy of Wikimedia Commons at commons.wikimedia.org.

Thanks to Gert W. Knop for his lovely haiku used in "Abendwind".

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Palancar Dallas, Texas

Hello, my name is Darrell Burgan. I am an electronic/ambient musician who has recorded under my own name as well as under the name Palancar.

I've also recorded as part of several collaborations, including Cluster Balm, Copal River, Labrathisattva, Flute of the Fallen Tiger, and have released music with Lucette Bourdin and the mindSpiral and Different Skies projects.
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