My friend Charlie Lockwood has a fusion band called Atlas Maior which has just today released a new album. It was all recorded live, world music, jazz fusion kind of stuff, excellent, in a word.

If you're in Austin tonight you can go to the cd release party, but if not you should go ahead and download this album. Now.

By day Charlie is Operations & Development Director for Texas Folklife. In Atlas Maior he plays oud. Which is an understatement, given his skill on it.

Here is how they describe the recording of the album:

"During a two-month recording process at Bell Tree Recording Studio in Austin, TX during Summer 2013, Atlas Maior experimented with a variety of instrumental and sonic arrangements, exploring different methods of improvisation and cosmologies of sound. Many of these exercises explored themes of symmetries in sound through different instrumental arrangements. The result of these sessions is Palindrome, Atlas Maior's 2014 two-disc album comprised entirely of live improvised material from these studio sessions. The album also features instrumentalist and recording engineer Gary Calhoun James (upright bass, harmonium) and special guests Sari Andoni ('ud) and Bob Hoffnar (Pedal Steel). 

The release of Palindrome caps off an exciting year of growth for Atlas Maior, which included an international tour in Turkey and Spain, placement of a track from Palindrome in Marrakesh, Morocco's 5th Biennial Art Festival, and a proclamation by Austin's City Council of Atlas Maior Day on March 27, 2014. "


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