Fata Morgana Musical inspiration is a tricky thing. It is hard to plan for; sometimes, it just happens. It certainly happened when percussionist
met the Turkish multi-instrumentalist
Omar Faruk Tekbilek
for the first time in an Australian broadcasting studio. Askill is one of the finest percussionists in Australia; Tekbilek plays flutes, reeds, lutes, and percussion. With a trio of additional percussionists, these two musicians created an exhilarating romp through the musical cultures of the Near East, the Pacific Rim, West Africa, and Western jazz or classical music.
captures the spontaneity and joy of the music-making process - something usually missing from studio recordings. Askill and Tekbilek collaborated on most of the compositions. Some, like
Under Desert Stars , evoke the nocturnal music rituals of the desert; others, like
or the clever
Sufi House , recall Tekbilek"s colorful and popular collaborations with Brian Keane. The inspiration for these works developed from simple images and stories shared by the two musicians; more conventional musical decisions - instrumentation, for example, or the tempo of a piece - were left for the actual recording sessions. As a result,
has a strong improvisatory quality, while at the same time creating a sound world that is clearly mapped out.
is both exotic and accessible; even more to the point, it captures the enthusiasm of two talented musicians from opposite parts of the globe, sharing their musical explorations with each other and with the listener.