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WHAT IS NOW

by Ray Sandoval

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    Side A

    Migration Suite

    l: 4:58
    ll: 1:35
    lIl: 1:36
    lV: 3:42
    V: 2:12

    Ray Sandoval - guitar
    Richard Maegraith - bass clarinet, clarinet, flute, voice
    Genís Bagés Rubí - drums
    Daigo Nakai - bass
    Sacha Hladiy - keyboard
    Anton Spronk - cello
    Sylvie Berger - viola

    Engineered by Drew Deal
    Recorded in Berlin, Germany, September 2019
    Mixed and Mastered by Wayne Peet at Newzone Studio
    Los Angeles, CA

    Side B

    Southern Wind: 5:57
    Rumba Blues: 6:12

    Ray Sandoval - guitar
    Tony Austin - drums
    Rene Camacho - bass
    Richard Katz - keyboards
    James King - alto saxophone
    Satin Singh - percussion

    Recorded in London, Los Angeles, Tucson and Valencia, Spain
    April 2020
    Mixed and Mastered by Tony Austin at digital-t studios
    Los Angeles, CA

    Artwork by Andreas Schmidt

    Special thanks to Garry Jackson and Mishka Henner

    All songs composed and arranged by Ray Sandoval.
    © 2020 Ray Sandoval Music, ASCAP
    ℗ © 2020 Ray Sandoval
    All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

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WHAT IS NOW is a question but also a statement, my reflection on the tectonic shifts occurring in our world today. It is both a departure and a return: An exploration beyond the boundaries of my earlier work as well as a homecoming with old friends.

In Migration Suite, the intent was to create a composition that was also a soundscape. It was originally composed as part of an art project to document the dangerous journey of migrants across the Mediterranean. I wanted the sound to capture both the siren song of hope and the dissonance of fear.

Southern Wind is an introspection. The piece was recorded during the long months of confinement when the world was shuttered by COVID-19. The rigor of the creative process has helped me to navigate through the pandemic, even as we face an uncertain future.

I am very fortunate to have good friends who happen to be truly great musicians. Rumba Blues is a celebration of those friendships and our shared delight in music and sound, undimmed by time or distance.

In fact, all the musicians who contributed to this recording played like there was no tomorrow. They are an inspiration to me. I am proud of all our creative work in this project. I hope you will enjoy it too.

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released November 19, 2020

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Ray Sandoval Valencia, Spain

Ray Sandoval is an American guitarist and composer.

Since moving from the states more than a decade ago, Ray’s home has been in Tokyo, Cordoba, Bali, London, Berlin and now Valencia, Spain where he continues to compose and produce music.

His latest work, Migration Suite, combines sound experiments, minimalism and free jazz style explorations.
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