Omar al Musfi to Join The Cast of New Album

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.

Congrats to Dennis Calvert!!

80% of Munook operations occur within the confines of the small town of Cullman, AL. I always wanted to escape, but the older I get, and the more advanced technologies that interconnect us become, I realize that it’s the perfect spot to flourish. Someone else had that same idea; his name is Dennis Calvert and he practices an art called Light Painting.
I am proud to say he was kind enough to do some promotional photography for Munook last year – as well as create a music video for Making Fire
rehearsal copyHis talent and hard work have paid off, and he landed himself on the cover of Digital Photographer Magazine’s Brazil edition.

denni's cover!

Worldwide, bitches.

Building A New Website – Transitions Abound

There is a huge push from the business side of “music business” these days to be constantly providing your fans with a stream of content on social media. Personally, I find this a bit overwhelming and have a hard time justifying shoving every little inch of my life into people’s information stream. I prefer to build some suspense and spring new projects onto people, as opposed to showing them every step of the way. To me, solid art always had a sense of mystique. Be it painting, sculpting, architecture, music, a film, photography, drawing, etc; you always had to wait on it. You waited, you received, and then spent the next several years, or even decades, slowly picking it apart, contemplating what it really meant. I’m trying to return to that mode; or at least stay somewhat anchored to that ideal.

Saying that, I do feel safe within the confines of this blog to let a little bit of new news out. If you’re reading this, you are a genuine supporter, fan, and appreciator of art.

So, a new album is in the works. I’m 3 songs in 8 to go. There will be 11 in total. I’ll try to update the home page with some sort of news feed concerning the updates on that process. Speaking of which, I am currently building a new website. I’m no programmer, but the process has a steep learning curve and has taken most of my attention over the past 2 weeks. Once that’s done, I plan on moving back to the writing and recording of the album. Plan…

As far as the first album, promotional efforts haven’t ceased. Independent promotion is slow – a lot of people still aren’t familiar with it. In that regard, live shows, interviews, reviews, etc. etc. etc. are still being cooked up and will replace the new album’s creation as a top priority, I’m sure.

I’m not revealing the name of the album, the songs, or any sneak peaks of the songs until the 2nd album is ready for release; I’m hoping that will be the spring of 2015.

More later…