Ray Sandoval

Mi Ofrenda

by Ray Sandoval

Released 2003
Phocus Music
Released 2003
Phocus Music
A composer and guitarist who combines latin, brazilian, classical, world and jazz music into a fresh new sound of his own. Featuring an all acoustic ensemble of bass, cello, violin, drums, latin and world percussion, piano and guitar.
NOTES
1. Hecho En Califas

Rocio Marron - Violin
Mike Bolger - Accordion
Ray Sandoval - Guitar
Yunior Terry Cabrera - Acoustic Bass
Edson Gianesi - Percussion

2. Ten Piedad

Art Hirahara - Piano
Ray Sandoval - Guitar
Yunior Terry Cabrera - Acoustic Bass
Tony Austin - Drums
Edson Gianesi - Percussion

3. Los Angeles Suspiran

Martha Gonzalez- Vocals
Ray Sandoval - Guitar

4. La Danza De Mi Alma Y El Desierto

Ray Sandoval - Guitar, Tres
Yunior Terry Cabrera - Acoustic Bass
Edson Gianesi - Percussion
Randy Gloss - Percussion

5. Lotus In D Minor

Bryon Holley - Vocals
Art Hirahara - Piano
Ray Sandoval - Guitar
Randy Gloss - Percussion
Yunior Terry Cabrera - Acoustic Bass
Edson Gianesi - Percussion

6. Colores De Realidad
(Featuring Martha Gonzalez)

Martha Gonzalez - Vocals
Mike Bolger - Accordion
Ray Sandoval- Guitar, Background Vocals
Kiko Cornejo Jr. - Percussion
Yunior Terry Cabrera - Acoustic Bass
Edson Gianesi - Percussion

7. Seven

Otmaro ruiz - Piano
Ray Sandoval - Guitar
Yunior Terry Cabrera - Acoustic Bass
Bryon Holley - Drums
Edson Gianesi - Percussion

8. Mourning Sunrise

Bryon Holley - Vocals
John Krovoza - Cello
Ray Sandoval - Guitar
Rene Camacho - Acoustic Bass

Trilogy:

9. Al Despertar
10 A Todo, Contemplacion
11. El Sufrimiento Es El Origen De La Consciencia

Ray Sandoval - Guitar, Vocals
Yunior Terry Cabrera - Acoustic Bass
Edson Gianesi - Percussion
Randy Gloss - Percussion (2nd Movement)

All Songs Composed and Arranged by Ray Sandoval
*Except Arranged by Richard Sandoval
Colores De Realidad Lyrics by Cristina Nava
All Selections Ray Sandoval Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Ray Sandoval
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Tony Austin at Digital-T Studios, Los Angeles, CA

Appear Courtesy of Vanguard Records
Martha Gonzalez
Kiko Cornejo Jr.
Edson Gianesi

COLORS DE REALIDAD

En Las venas de este mundo
Corre petrolio rubio
Flores verdes de papel
Que matan con su olor

No te siegues al dolor
Y los llantos de la humanidad

Dentro de sus corazones
No existe justicia ni amor
Sangre inocente corre
En un mar de lagrimas

No te siegues al dolor
y los llantos de la humanidad

Son los colores de la realidad
Hay un precio para la felicidad
Estos son los colores de la realidad
Hay un precio para la felicidad

English

COLORS OF REALITY

In the veins of this world
There runs white oil
Green flowers made of paper
That kill with their scent

Don't blind yourself to the pain
And the cries of humanity

Within their hearts
There exists no justice or love
Innocent blood runs
In a sea of tears

Don't blind yourself to the pain
And the cries of humanity

These are the colors of reality
There is a price to pay for felicity
These are the colors of reality
There is a price to pay for felicity

I cannot write about this album without mentioning the tragic events that took place on September 11, 2001 in the United States. While my deep-felt condolences go out to the families and friends that were affected by this terrible event, there are questions that remain for me. I ask; why is it that we don't get upset when tragedy exists all over the world everyday? How do we tolerate starvation, war and disease with indifference? As human beings we have to begin to ask why such atrocities happen and how will we make the earth a better place to live? Is war a solution? Must we take out our anger by killing others? Sadly in the US, we claim to live in a democracy, when really we live in the biggest hypocrisy. We want peace, but are the source of devastation - the first to declare war. I enjoy my freedom as an American but I am not willing to cause genocide so that I may have it.

As Americans, rarely do we understand the wounds that our economic freedom inflict upon the rest of the world. This is what Colores De La Realidad is about. In writing this song, I wanted for us not to be confused by a false sense of freedom. True freedom is not the same as economic freedom. We must remember that we are humans filled with compassion, loyalty and love. Our false freedom works to buy our material things and this affects entire nations communities and people that we do not see. We cannot turn our heads to the pain that exist throughout. We have a responsibility to humanity to somehow change what is wrong and not to let the scent of green flowers entice us. Money is not everything!

This album is an offering. It is my hope for us to learn to recognize that we are connected to the problems that exist throughout the world. I believe that in this union, we can begin to change what is unjust.


Ray Sandoval
March 24, 2002 Los Angeles, CA


Thanks to my family, friends and community
for all their love and support

Special Thanks to:

My beautiful friends and family in Japan,
Old Town Conservatory of Music,
Plaza De La Raza, Latino Arts Network,
La Familia Quetzal, Candelas Guitars,
Community Arts Partnership, Aida Salazar,
Miho, Toshi and Shin at Music Camp,
Roger Canchola, Cecilia Salcido, Oscar Noriega
and Valerie Trucchia, Zoe Aguirre, Cristina Nava,
Tony Austin, and the musicians who contributed to this recording.

Photography : Gen Murakoshi
Art Design : Gaku Abe (Gaku Design)

Copyright 2002 Ray Sandoval