soprano and tenor Saxophone,
rainstick, bird whistles, tibetan
Contrabass, bird whistles
Drums, Percussion, bird whistles
Piano , bird whistles
compositions by Allen Won
except where noted
Poetry by W. Bliem Kern ©1993
Recorded at Dangerous Music
Engineered by Scott Ansell
assisted by Charlie Martinez
Mixed by Scott Ansell
Mastered at Sterling Sound
Produced by Allen Won
Photographs by Allen Won
Design and cover photograph
by Joanne Dugan
Web Design by Ludovic Moulin
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jewel in the lotus
"The Jewel in the Lotus
is based on the Tibetan chakra system in which there are set
points of "whirling" energy always in motion within the body.
These chakras are what I envisioned when composing this piece.
I began with a tone and a specific element: earth, water, fire,
heart, ether, thought, spirit, love and compassion.
The scale I
used has 7 tones in which each tone represents a specific chakra.
Each tone in turn became the key in which I composed this suite.
Though love and compassion are not formally considered chakras,
there are supposedly chakras that exist above the head. The
thought that they represent finer and finer points of energy
made me think of this particular relationship. I suggest that
you use this piece as one to meditate by or to spend time in
I used all
acoustic instruments to evoke a sense of timeliness or timelessness.
The classic jazz quartet uses these same instruments in a slightly
different manner. I cannot deny my influences: Trane, Duke,
Shorter, Miles. There are others for sure. But I would like
you to see if you can hear the not-so-obvious influences as
well. I'll give you a hint--I grew up in Hawaii. There, let
your mind chew on this one while you give the album a listen
This album is dedicated to the memory of