New Album by Bill Leyden — “Tracking the Bear”

Each time that I start a music project I wait to see if the music is going to come out as solo Native American-style flute music or whether there will be orchestration. I admit to a certain soft spot for orchestrated soundtracks, and I think I naturally lean to string arrangements with the addition of traditional woodwinds like the silver flute and the oboe.

I can’t really say that I ever start a musical project — more truly, it starts me! The last project, “Talking Stick” was like that. The recording hiatus that I had planned ended abruptly even before it started. And here it comes again – “Tracking the Bear.”

As a videographer, I find that many of the tracks are suitable for backing tracks of life stories and testimonials of trans-formation. This is music of contemplation and  transformation. The musical phrases do not often repeat, but instead follow an idea to a conclusion ‘in-the-moment.’

The Sacred Wood Block Used on "Tracking the Bear"

After completing the album, I noticed that the flute phrases would appear in different  tracks, slightly altered as if they were sweetened scents on the wind. Of course! I was  tracking a musical scent. I hope you enjoy the result.  Look for it on BandCamp and iTunes in February, 2012.

About the Flutes
On this album, I used flutes made by the following friends and craftsmen:

Stephen Deruby, and
Geoffrey Ellis

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