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    The music on "Angkor" is inspired by places and events in Southeast Asia. All music is performed by the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra. Guest musicians, such as Grammy Award winning drum legend Dave Weckl (known especially for his work with jazz icon Chick Corea) and avant-garde cellist Arne Deforce, participate on "Angkor".

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from Angkor, released November 15, 2011

From the CD liner notes:
... A completely different type of oppression is being created in Thailand from ya-ba, literally translated as “crazy drug”, to which many youngsters in Bangkok are addicted. In 'Yaba', the composer conveys his own idea of their destructive intoxication. The pizzicato’s in the introduction of the piece refer to the start of the “trip”, that initial gnawing of the chemicals in the addict’s brain. What follows is a sudden, overwhelming tutti with a violent electric guitar, as reality fades away, the trance sets in. The mental instability and fragmented perception find their musical depiction in a constantly changing atmosphere, sonorous volatility, as euphoria switches to a melancholic violin solo accompanied by taikos and drums. Swirling blood races through the veins, a frenetic pulse constantly present. ...


Performed by the
Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Deyan Pavlov

Guest Musicians
Evelina Arabadjieva: violin
Donka Banska: soprano
Michele Vanni: electric guitar
Dave Weckl: drums
Cassio Duarte: shime-daiko, nagado-daiko & odaiko

Composed, orchestrated and produced by Mark Van Overmeire



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Mark Van Overmeire - Composer - Classical Music & World Music Las Vegas, Nevada

Mark Van Overmeire is a storyteller. His music is an imaginative fusion of classical music, world music, ambient and folk with colorful cinematic moods.

Beautiful and evocative, Mark's music is, according to Henri Brun from KRTU, "a mixture of world music and elegance all in one."
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