(composer, piano, santur, hammered dulcimer)
Mariah Parker (composer and multi-instrumentalist), while completing her degree in music at UC Santa Cruz, worked with ethnomusicologist Fred Lieberman and Mickey Hart on the Planet Drum project. She has performed in festivals in the US and Europe, and worked with many musicians including composer Pauline Oliveros, the late Dumisani Maraire (renowned composer from Zimbabwe) and others. She has studied with jazz great Art Lande and Latin jazz pianist extraordinaire Rebeca Mauléon, and performs regularly with the trend-setting world music group Ancient Future.
She released her first solo recording of her compositions, Sangria (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2017), in February of 2009. Her CD release party and debut of her Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble drew a full house at the famous Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland. Her 2017 release, Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert, received rave reviews and quickly rose to #32 on the JazzWeek radio charts.
Featured Sound Files
Sangria (Parker. 8:17). iTunes. Inspired by both Indian and flamenco music, a fiery cello solo suggests the plaintive cry of a flamenco vocal, while the table solo ends with a tihai, an East indian cadential pattern which repeats three times and ends on the first beat of the rhythmic cycle. From Sangria (Ancient-Future.com AF-2017). Digipak CD- $17.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.
Between the Lines (Parker. 6:34). iTunes. This intimate ballad reflects the poignancy of separation. The impressionistic melody in 5/8 is interwoven with a flowing 6/8 cello solo. From Sangria (Ancient-Future.com AF-2017). Digipak CD- $17.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.
With Ancient Future:
- Archive of Future Ancient Recordings (now in production, with files available to subscribers)
- Sangria by Mariah Parker (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2017)
- Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2008)