Songs from the Second World
Tigger Benford, Jesse Manno and Peter Jones are well known veteran musicians in the obscure but extensive world of music for modern dance. All of them are also known as players and composers in other realms, but they met and first created music together at Bates Dance Festival, held every year in Lewiston, Maine, and the summer home of some of the most accomplished musicians in the world in this particular specialty of music for modern dance technique class. Their backgrounds span training in Western classical, pop and jazz styles, as well as extensive study in Indian and Balkan music, and quite a bit of indirect influence from African and Middle Eastern styles, among others. Their music never strives to imitate, but instead is a powerful and original artistic statement that could only be made by North Americans in the early 21st Century. All music is specific to time and place and this music is no exception. Each musician contributed three pieces to this CD to be infused with the other's influence and spice. It is intensely collaborative music and we all hope you enjoy it very much.