Music from the Rim of the Volcano
The MMA is a Record label that chronicles the work of Mike Mahaffay going back to the early 1970's. His music is so filled with the reality of our being/existence that it is no longer something we do; it has become something that is. Improvisation is the core of his work: spontaneous creation. It is through the music, in both the individual and collective sense, that the process of self-realization takes place. Music from the rim of the Volcano, is a musical picture of the Creative Process. The Creative Process passes through three stages: 1) The initial eruption of raw material: 2) The cooling and creation of the 'green valley': 3) The breakdown and dissolution into the desert. The five tracks are a series of 'initial eruptions' featuring the following musicians: Cecelia Hallahan Spoken word Bill Larimer Piano Michael Lastra Therimin Rozanne Levine Clarinet Mike Mahaffay Traps, e-drums, Ensoneq keyboard Dumbek Eric Stewart Trumpet and Percussion Michael Stirling Dijerido Mark Whitecage Alto saxaphone, clarinet Stan Woods Vibraband Graphics by Kate Steele This CD is dedicated to the memory of our good friend and fellow artist, Jeanne Lee Jeanne Lee wrote the poem 'Miracles'