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Touch Wood

Mark Duggan

This recording is about the sound and feel of living wood. As a student of marimba, I first became enchanted with the sound of resonating wood bars over thirty years ago, finding in it's dark, mysterious hum a sympathetic resonant voice inside myself. Since then I have written and arranged dozens of pieces for the marimba, many of them presented on this recording together with several short interludes on the Indonesian gambang, angklung, and african logdrum.

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  1. 1 Myotokuji 10:45 Info
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  2. 2 bois sculpté 06:11 Info
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  3. 3 Touch Wood 03:45
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  4. 4 anklung interlude #1 01:10
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Diggin' Duggan is a contemporary jazz project that gave me the opportunity to realize some of my compositions that fall outside any Latin American music style. It was also a great pleasure to work with some of my favourite musicians from the Toronto scene; diverse performers such as Suba Sankaran, Lina Allemano, Justin Haynes, Richard Brown, Bill Brennan, Jean Martin, Debashis Sinha, Rob Clutton, Ed Hanley and Daniel Barnes are featured in a variety of contemporary grooves and musical settings. 

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Diggin' Duggan

Mistura
A mostly live recording with guest vocalist/guitarist/percussionist Celso Machado, this is Vuja dé at its best!


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Mistura

Mudanças

Mark Duggan's Vuja dé

Mudanças means changes. The music on this recording reflects some of the changes in my own way of playing and thinking about music as it interacts with the developments in my personal life. It's been a constant process, continually manifesting the qualities of newness and growth, challenging and stimulating me to move beyond my current definition of self. Moving from habit to intuition, or tradition to innovation, it's nothing less than the transition from being to becoming - a moody dance of spirits and energies creating a Vuja dé kind of experience: something never quite encountered before.

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  1. 1 Boojum 07:45
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  2. 2 Samba des Nues 04:57
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  3. 3 Above the Rain 07:34
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  4. 4 Infancia (Egberto Gismonti) 05:47
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We Were Talking

Mark Duggan

We Were Talking was my first recording project as leader, and producer Jeff Reilly graciously gave me free rein over every aspect of it. As such, it's a wild mixture of solo marimba, Zimbabwean thumb piano, electronic experiment and contemporary jazz with two great musicians at my side - Mike Murley on saxophone and Bill Brennan on piano.

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  1. 1 Alma Chillin 04:06
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  2. 2 Caribana 1 02:12
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  3. 3 Caribana 2 02:31
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  4. 4 Mookiedono 05:31
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  5. 5 Shona Dream Dance 07:03
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  6. 6 Historia Sin Habla 10:08
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