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Last Call Review: Rhiannon / Spontaneous / RhiannonMusic

May 26, 2012

An artist with roots in the Midwest, Rhiannon is one of a handful of vocalists who can successfully explore totally improvised music.  Her latest recording, Spontaneous, is a good introduction to her immense talents. Together with Abraham Laboriel, electric basses; Alex Acuna, drums and percussion, Otmaro Ruiz, acoustic piano and Jetro Da Silva, acoustic piano and keyboards, the ensemble (also named Spontaneous) creates magic. "Breath", "Multitudes" and "Drop of Rain" are profound experiences of music beyond predictability. If you enjoy Flora Purim and Grazyna Auguscik, you will enjoy this recording.

A graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1967, Rhiannon has been a music educator and performer worldwide since 1980. She has released 5 CDs and worked with Bobby McFerrin in addition to facilitating a yearlong training called All The Way In, which is a powerful body-based vocal improvisation and sound healing process. Her home base is in Hakalau, Hawaii, where she has been teaching vocal improvisation retreats for over 25 years. Rhiannon is also a member of the noted vocal improvisation trio WeBe3 with David Worm and Joey Blake.

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