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Mbókò

David Virelles

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" ... an adventurous debut ... a bit like looking into a deep, swirling pool at times, catching glimpses far beneath the surface but not being quite sure what they are ... most striking ..."
- TheJazzBreakfast.com

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1
Wind Rose (Antrogofoko mokoirén)
David Virelles
6:27
2
The Scribe (Tratado de Mpegó)
David Virelles
7:36
3
Biankoméko
David Virelles
4:55
4
Antillais (A Quintín Bandera)
David Virelles
7:10
5
Aberisún y Aberiñán
David Virelles
4:25
6
Seven, Through The Divination Horn
David Virelles
4:48
7
Stories Waiting To Be Told
David Virelles
8:22
8
Transmission
David Virelles
8:27
9
The Highest One
David Virelles
6:17
10
Èfé (A María Teresa Vera)
David Virelles
0:40
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    59:07
"... isn't just an album that rewards repeat visits, it's a recording that demands them. A single listen is more than enough to make clear that there's something important going on here, as Virelles and his adept group create an hour-long journey of deeply felt spirituality, but Mbókò unveils far more with each and every spin ..."
- All About Jazz

On his album Mbókò, Cuban-born pianist and composer David Virelles takes the folkloric rhythms of Afro-Cuban religious ritual and incorporates them into 21st century music resonating with mystery and meaning. The main title Mbókò can mean “fundament” or “sugar cane” or “The Voice,” not the human voice but The Voice that is believed in Abakuá culture to be the voice of a spirit or spirits. Sound is an element revered in this culture and that idea, the worship of sound itself, was a shaping force in the creation of this album. Virelles has tapped into a musical impulse that is simultaneously ancient and modern, communal and personal, meditative and propulsive.
88.2 kHz / 24-bit PCM - ECM Records Studio Masters

Recorded December 2013 Avatar Studios, New York
Engineer: James A. Farber
Assistant: Akihiro Nishimura
Cover photo: Thomas Wunsch
Liner photos: John Rogers, Juan Hitters (2, 10)
Design: Sascha Kleis
Produced by Manfred Eicher

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