As Sitarick, Rick de Yampert performs on sitar and Native American flutes at yoga sessions, Pagan gatherings, cafes, coffee houses and festivals in Central Florida and the Daytona Beach area. Rick also plays djembe (African hand drum), congas and electric and acoustic guitars.
| New CD:
"Shiva, Dancing Westward"
Also hear tracks from the upcoming CD "Eight Arms to Hold You"
Sitarick's musical palette includes Asian chill, world fusion, Beatles, Buddha lounge, raga and down-tempo/chill-out soundscapes
Descended from a Persian instrument, the sitar (pictured above) is a lute-like instrument whose place in the music of India can be traced back to the 1700s.
The sitar's overtone-rich, droning, buzzing sound -- like otherworldly crickets -- can be mellow and trance-inducing, making it an ideal accompaniment for the mind-body-spirit work of yoga, or for meditation.
And that same drone can be electric, pulsating . . . sound on fire.
Whether trance-like or frenetic, the music of the sitar is alive with what the Hindus call the first cause, the origin of the universe -- the Nada Brahma . . . "Sound is God."
The origin of the Native American flute, though apparently far less ancient than the sitar, is shrouded in far more mystery.
Historians, ethno-musicologists and various flute players and makers have noted that flutes dating to around 600 A.D. have been discovered in New Mexico among the ruins of the Anasazi people -- but the construction of these flutes differs significantly from the two-chambered instrument that today is called the Native American flute. Most historians say the design of the contemporary Native American flute can be traced back only to the early 1800s.
Who was the trickster-musician who, with help from Kokopelli, stole the flute from Coyote and brought it back to humankind? We don't know. But we do know this: She or he captured the sound of doves.
Sitarick's new CD, "Shiva, Dancing Westward," is available now.
The album includes 13 tracks of solo sitar, solo Native American flute and sitar with digital tabla beats. The 68-minute CD includes Sitarick's versions of Beatle George Harrison's "Love You To" from the "Revolver" album and "Within You, Without You" from "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."
To order, send $12 check or money order to:
Rick de Yampert
P.O. Box 9873
Daytona Beach, FL 32120
Cost includes postage.
Listen to four tracks from "Shiva, Dancing Westward":
Owl Ponders the Mysterious Ways of Time
Eagle Takes Flight Above Chaco Canyon
Three Sticks (Found at the Bizarre Bazaar)
Listen to tracks from Sitarick's upcoming CD, "Eight Arms to Hold You":
(A track in the style of Bhairavi, a traditional Indian raga)
Within You Without You
(A cover of the George Harrison song from the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band")
Sunrise Over Chidambaram
(This is only a segment of the complete track)
Into the Arms of Shiva (Bhairavi Beat Nataraja Mix)
(A more trippy, East-West fusion version of Bhairavi Beat)
The Buddha Walks at Midnight Through the Village of Ghosts
(A track featuring solo Moyo Drum)
(A live recording in the style of Bhairavi, a traditional Indian raga)