Peter Joseph Burtt, a lifelong percussion student spent 3 years in the Gambia, Ghana, and Zimbabwe living with traditional musicians and learning to play music with them. The ultimate lesson was to take the music, studied with respect, and to reinterpret the music he had grown up listening to: the blues, folk songs, Bob Dylan, the Clancy Brothers, Hindustani music, and 3 originals. Sunken Forest features the instrumentation of a souped up Mandinka kora or harp, lush acoustic guitars, lap steel guitars, light percussion, and evocative vocals. The record plays like a river and allows listeners who are not died in the wool world music or traditional folk fans to hear the kora in an arrangement that is hopefully more accessible. Produced by Corey Harris, this record was made like a field recording or an old folk record. We set up microphones and cut tracks for 3 days and that was it. It is a very honest record. 'I think we caught a vibe.' Corey Harris, Rounder Records Recording Artist 'Sunken Forest ... like our consciousness, our ancient roots ... deep and rich, pulling images and emotions from a primal place that compels us with it's pure familiarity. It's in this voice, the intuitive way he touches the strings, the sense that all of it is an echo from some fundamental beyond.' Drew Kampion, Editor Surfer's Path Magazine "The heart behind it all is what counts the most, and you seem to be able to transcend boring technical details and put focus on the story, the mood, the power of life and the magical fact that the soil beneath our feet is able to recycle itself in a way we can never fully understand, only respect and support.' Andreas Aase, Norwegian Composer/Recording Artist.
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