LUMIČRE: The Bob Brozman Orchestra
Songlines Magazine - (5 stars) "The musicianship is stunning" ... "It's a simply sublime album."
The Guardian - (4 stars) "exuberant"..."Brozman is one of the great musical travellers."
Billboard - "a masterwork"..."he's a whiz in all manner of styles from around the globe, and he illustrates it perfectly here"
fRoots Magazine - "it's all marvelous, and is a technical and musical triumph on all levels"
BC Magazine - "If Bob was to be as successful in harmonizing different cultures in politics as he is in music, he would be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize"
Lumičre is the culmination of guitar virtuoso Bob Brozman’s musical memories formed over a lifetime of
travelling and playing music with others. His years of absorbing influences from cultures worldwide is expressed
through the establishment of the Bob Brozman Orchestra - a unique concept where Bob intricately plays each
instrumental part, building layer upon layer to formulate the tremendous sound of an extensive orchestra. He
revisits the influences drawn from previous collaborations with artists such as Debashish Bhattacharya, René Lacaille,
Djeli Moussa Diawara and Takashi Hirayasu to reflect on the profound imprint travel has had on his life.
01. Tango Medzinárodny (International Tango)
02. Lumičre De La Mer
03. Mars Over Sorrento
04. N’Oubliez Pas La Réunion
05. Calypso Calaloo
06. Chaturangui Gazal
07. Mazurka Maracaibo
08. Aloha Laie
09. Bamako Blues
10. Ska Waltz Train
11. Afro Mada
12. Yaeyama Okinawa
About the Albumtop
This album is the continuation of a journey;
a pursuit of the universal principles in all
music; an endless discovery of the varied
ways that music affects emotion. It explores
the ways in which wave phenomena drive
musical improvisation and cross-cultural
migration. Why is it, exactly, that language
requires translation while music does not?
Acoustic timbres inform the music in this
collection. The huge dynamic range of
acoustic instruments invites me to explore
the deeply intimate relationship between
feeling and muscle action. This, my lifelong
musical endeavour, is the result of absorbing
the musically emotive expressions from
This is a collection of musical postcards;
souvenirs from my travels as a roving guitar
anthropologist; living muscle-memories
that convey emotions and places; burning
curiosities pursued with vigour.
It is a joyful life of travelling, listening and
playing music with others that has inspired
this suite of compositions. Indeed, I am a
About the Bob Brozman Orchestratop
One of the guiding principles of this project
was to create emotionally dynamic music
that is both orchestral and spontaneous;
where each part, infused with my own
particular touch and vibrato, is performed
in a fugue-like state of improvisation.
Daniel Thomas, my longtime friend and coproducer,
has been a great help in realizing
this vision. He has a deep understanding of
my own creative processes. His production
acumen and musicianship enable a workflow
that is spontaneous and exhilarating.
The construction of each piece begins with a
small solo instrument, perhaps a charango or
baglama, and sometimes an accompanying percussion instrument played by Daniel.
The intention is to capture a fresh,
improvisational foundation that evolves
organically throughout the recording process.
Subsequent parts are improvised in reaction
to previously recorded parts. Arrangements
are conceived as they are being performed.
Timbres and rhythms interact serendipitously
to produce new colours, shedding light on
new musical frontiers. Richly orchestrated
parts emerge from a lexicon of musclememories.
This is my work, this is my life.
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