Inspired by his book of the same title, ‘Of Mist and Stone’ is the 29th album by Indigenous flautist John Two-Hawks – and marks his return from a Covid-induced hiatus.
“After a four-year hiatus from creating new music and a global pandemic that caused so many of us to stop, stand still and rethink things, I think the time for this new music could not be. not be more aligned,” says the Eureka Musician from Springs. “This new album ‘Of Mist and Stone’ is the musical expression of what the words of the book [‘Of Mist and Stone: A Journey into the Mysterious Oneness of Two Ancient Worlds’] allude to: that the ancients had access to great energetic power, and that the secret passageway to reconnect with it is through sacred music, song and sound.
“The song titles are each a line from a 3,500-year-old poem by the mighty Celtic Druid Amhairghin,” he adds. “There are 13 lines, so 13 songs, just like there are 13 lunar cycles in a year. I marvel at the idea that the words of a poem recited by a druid so long ago loop back and forth to express their power in music from another era, music that itself goes back to ancient time from which the words of the poem were first created. pronounced.
Two-Hawks answered four questions for What’s Up!
Q. It’s not unusual for you to bring Aboriginal and Celtic music together. Why do the two work in such good harmony?
A. On this album you will hear native drums and flutes played with a Celtic style. You’ll hear the enchanting way Irish and Native flutes dance together. You will hear the seemingly impossible blend of the sweet native flute with the powerful voice of Scottish bagpipes. And you’ll hear the magical sound of the ancient symbol of Irish resistance – the harp – delicately blended with native flutes. I think the reason Indigenous and Celtic music expresses itself so harmoniously with each other goes back to those ancient threads of synchronicity that the two share. There is an inherent mysticism and earthly energy in both musical expressions. Celts and Native Americans use the drum, flute and voice in a way that speaks to the primal part of our being and reminds us of the sacred circle where wisdom, honor and knowledge await our return.
Q. What other instruments are played on the CD? And which musicians collaborated on these instruments?
A. Brother Seamus Byrne from Wicklow, Ireland, who collaborated with me on our 2002 album “Traditions”, returns once again to deliver the soulful sounds of his boxwood Celtic flute and the energetic rhythms of his Irish bodhran . My right-hand man and longtime musical comrade and collaborator, Van Adams, contributes his soulful guitar compositions to several songs on the album. And I’m so glad to have the powerful Gaelic voice of the Scottish Highland Bagpipe, played by Andy Reid, and the mystical, enchanting music of the Irish Harp, played by Rebecca Hazlitt, each included on two tracks on the album.
Q. Share your hopes for how this CD might impact listeners in this time and place where we live?
A. My hope is that this new music, which expresses the power of ancient alignments and synchronicities, will speak to listeners about the truth of our community. We share much more in common with each other than we differ. At this time, we are too often made to believe that we cannot reconcile our perceived differences. The ancient cosmic alignments from which this music was born teach us that unity is the path to wisdom. We are truly one. We just need to return to the sacred circle and find ourselves.
Q. What did you learn about yourself and your music during the covid break?
A. When I found myself back home with nowhere to go and nothing to do, I thought maybe it would be time to make some new music. This was not the case. Despite several attempts in my studio, nothing came. It turns out that the time spent at home during a raging global pandemic was not for work, but for rest. And now that I walk away with new music to share, I do so with a renewed sense of purpose.
“Of mist and stone”
Album release gala
WHEN — 7 p.m. September 29
WHERE — Crescent Hotel Conservatory in Eureka Springs
COST — $30 to $80
Info — johntwohawks.com
FYI – The CD is also available for $12 on the website.