Work on album number 2 is underway, albeit a slow pace at the moment. While I would like to keep a lot of the themes, titles, and directions under wraps, I will reveal this bit of info, as it’s too exciting for me not to share.
One of the new tracks in production deals with subject matter that lead me to Syria; and no, it is not a politically driven song. It’s inspiration is one of a more esoteric nature; we’ll leave it at that for now. In creating the music, I chose to go native and use Syrian Folk music scales, it was a challenge to say the least. Once the song’s core was developed, it was time to start adding to it; I wanted REAL Syrian percussion, from a REAL Syrian. Barring a long story, ladies and gentleman, Omar al Musfi has agreed to be a part of the song. The man is from Damscus, Syria. It doesn’t get much more Syrian than that. He is highly trained and skilled in various forms of Syrian percussion and has performed with the likes of Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project and Sting. He even hinted around at perhaps inviting some of his fellow Syrian musicians to be involved. He will record his parts at the Northern Illinois School of Music later this year. I’m very excited, honored, and humbled to be involved with such a great musician. More news later.