Ngaio Gamelan began as an experiment. David Parsons extracted phrases from his many volumes of native recordings and through studio manipulation and his own sense of composition, put together an album of virtual collaborations. This CD is a true hybrid, following no one musical tradition. Most of the six tracks are driven by Parsons playing rhythms with timbres found in music from Indonesia. This base is augmented by a mixture of sounds and moods from Parsons' impressive library. The experiment works; this synthesis of percussion, harmonies and melodies from many eastern lands is compelling.
- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END