Stephan Micus sarangi, dondon, dilruba, doussn'gouni, kalimba, sinding, steel drums, shakuhachi, nay, sattar, flowerpots, voice
The Horses of Nizami
Shen Khar Venakhi
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Micus expands his already broad musical horizons on Desert Poems,
his 15th solo project, which he recorded between 1997 and 2000
in his studio on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca. Among
the "firsts" on Desert Poems are Micus's recorded debuts playing three African
instruments - the doussn' gouni, (a West African harp), the kalimba (a
Tanzanian thumb piano) and the dondon (a talking drum from Ghana); his
singing in English (a haunting solo a cappella performance called
"Contessa Entellina" and on "For Yuko", dedicated to his daughter) and
an instrumental arrangement of "Shen Khar Venakhi", a 13th century
polyphonic choral piece from Georgia, which is the only work Micus
did not compose to appear in his discography to date.