Secret Chiefs 3/Ishraqiyun - Perichoresis LP
2014 split release from Alt-Instrumental group Secret Chiefs 3 and their alter-ego Ishraqiyum. Ishraqiyun has been characterized as the 'neo-Pythagorean electro-folk' side of Secret Chiefs 3, and followers of the band's live shows in the last decade will recognize it as the most familiar and dominant aspect of the band. For many years, the Ishraqiyun repertoire of mysterious, catchy, original tunes-composed in ratio-based rhythms for non-Western tunings and instruments-has been blasted out at inordinately high volume to many adventurous ears. Now, after persistently touring and playing this music in more than 40 countries during the last few years, Secret Chiefs 3 unveil the first proper set of studio recordings of Ishraqiyun material. As a bonus, they have included a healthy dose of new, previously unheard tunes (actually half the album). The diverse musicians on Perichoresis are drawn from several configurations of the band over the years and include Eyvind Kang (viola), Ches Smith (drums, percussion), Rich Doucette (sarangi, esraj), Peijman Kouretchian (drums), Mike Dillon (tabla), Shahzad Ismaily (bass), Timba Harris (violin), Jai Young Kim (keyboards) and many more, all led by composer/producer/bandleader/multi-intrumentalist Trey Spruance.