Henry Kuntz / tenor saxophone, Chinese musette, Nepalese bamboo flute, Bolivian & Balinese bamboo flutes; Ben Lindgren / doublebass, Balinese gamelan; Brian Godchaux / viola, Balinese gamelan “selunding,” percussion; Esten Lindgren / trombone, trumpet, Hawaiian conch shell, steel guitar, ukulele, percussion; John Kuntz / steel guitar, mandolin, ukulele, Javanese gamelan, wind-up toy xylophone, percussion.
Recorded September 22, 23, 1995
Highlights the formal advances possible in group playing when free improvisation is approached in its most natural manner. The uniqueness and complexity of each player’s part is expanded to the farthest extent possible while maintaining a recognizable group entity and musical identity.
Tracklist: 1. Brilliant Coral 2. Tepees and Dragons 3. Fancy Dancing Jaguar 4. Polyphonic Hymn 5. Eskimos on the Moon 6. Bayou Eskimos 7. Real Southern Hominy 8. Safron and Jasmine 9. Noble Guardians 10. Ol’Spi’ Ritual 11. Sentient Beings 12. Moss ‘Comes Silk
“Intelligent, dynamically rich free improvisation” – Michael Tucker, Jazz Journal
“The closest sonic corollaries might be found in the freest playing of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, although there is no single precedent for OPEYE’s kaleidoscopic instrumental textures.” – Derk Richardson, SF Bay Guardian
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