Eastwinds began in 2014 when reedman, Mark Cain, Persian ney and daf specialist, Esfandiar Shahmir and didgeridooist, Sanshi came together as an experimental woodwind trio. The band expanded over the years to the current sextet with members born in five different countries. The music is just as eclectic, reflecting the influences informing our music: Balkan village music, Estonian runo-song, classical Persian, klezmer, acoustic folk and contemporary jazz, all of which find expression in the band’s unique all-acoustic sound. You will hear the exquisite sonorities of the ney flute and daf (framedrum) alongside superhuman propulsive didgeridoo and sinuous woodwinds and floating atop, the songbird voice of Estonian treasure, Kristiina Maalaps. Fasten your seat belts for an exhilarating global journey!
- Aeti Mul Mõtsa (Trad arr. Eastwinds). An ancient chant from the Estonian runo story-song tradition.
- Fourth Friday Freilach (Barnes). For several years we played on the fourth Friday of the month at the Gypsy Tapas House restaurant in our hometown, Fremantle. A lively tune with a klezmer feel.
- The Gift (Cain/Tabur/Maalaps). Lyrics from Kristiina’s mother, Estonian poet Lea Tabur, set to an original tune in 7/8 with variations written by Mark and Kristiina.
- Be Hamegaan (Shahmir/Rumi). Esfandiar’s setting of a haunting lyric by 13th century Persian Sufi mystic and poet, Rumi.
- Cuando El Rey Nimrod (Trad arr. Eastwinds). A traditional Ladino (Jewish Sephardic) song of Spanish origin and disputed provenance dating back some centuries.
- Duet (Cain, Shahmir). An entirely improvised duet on Cain’s customised claritube and Esfandiar’s evocative ney.
- Between the Cracks (Cain/Tabur/Maalaps). Another Lea Tabur lyric moulded to the contours of original melodies by Mark and Kristiina.
- Twenty Eights (Barnes, Cain). A tune based on the alternation of two common Balkan rhythms 9/8 and 11/8. Their sum -20/8s - is also the name of famed WA parrot.
- Confluence (Cain/Tabur/Maalaps). Wrapping things up is an original tune of Mark’s in 7/4 featuring Kristiina’s counter melody on the lyrics of Lea Tabur, with Francisco guesting on drums.
Recorded by Patrick Carre at Artisan Studios and Mark Cain at Studio Dorothy; mixed and mastered by Gerard McGough (Victoria) with assistance from Jayson Hayles – Jaysonics; photography by Maree Laffan and CD layout by Tom Muller. Thanks to the Gypsy Tapas House for their ongoing support, our families for their patience and, of course, you our wonderful audience!