WHAT IS NOW

Ray Sandoval

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WHAT IS NOW is a question but also a statement, my reflection on the tectonic shifts occurring in our world today. It is both a departure and a return: An exploration beyond the boundaries of my earlier work as well as a homecoming with old friends.

In Migration Suite, the intent was to create a composition that was also a soundscape. It was originally composed as part of an art project to document the dangerous journey of migrants across the Mediterranean. I wanted the sound to capture both the siren song of hope and the dissonance of fear.

Southern Wind is an introspection. The piece was recorded during the long months of confinement when the world was shuttered by COVID-19. The rigor of the creative process has helped me to navigate through the pandemic, even as we face an uncertain future.

I am very fortunate to have good friends who happen to be truly great musicians. Rumba Blues is a celebration of those friendships and our shared delight in music and sound, undimmed by time or distance.

In fact, all the musicians who contributed to this recording played like there was no tomorrow. They are an inspiration to me. I am proud of all our creative work in this project. I hope you will enjoy it too.

Migration Suite

Tracks: l ll lll lV V

Musicians:

Ray Sandoval - guitar
Richard Maegraith - bass clarinet, clarinet, flute, voice
Genís Bagés Rubí - drums
Daigo Nakai - bass Sacha Hladiy - keyboard
Anton Spronk - cello
Sylvie Berger - viola

Engineered by Drew Deal. Mixed and Mastered by Wayne Peet, Los Angeles, CA.

Recorded in Berlin Germany, September, 2019.

Tracks: 6. Southern Wind 7. Rumba Blues

Ray Sandoval - guitar Tony Austin - drums Rene Camacho - bass Richard Katz - keyboards James King - alto saxophone Satin Singh - percussion

Mixed and Mastered by Tony Austin, Los Angeles, CA.

Recorded in London, Los Angeles, Tucson and Valencia, Spain, April, 2020.

Artwork by Andres Schmidt.

All songs composed and arranged by Ray Sandoval. © 2020 Ray Sandoval Music, ASCAP ℗ © 2020 Ray Sandoval All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

Total time: 32:16

Expected release: November 19, 2020

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