Posted By PowWows.com September 9th, 2013 Last Updated on: September 9th, 2013

Estun-Bah, which derives its name from the Apache language  “for the woman”, expresses the acoustic and organic sense of Southwestern style music.  Native American flutist Tony Duncan, guitarist Darrin Yazzie and drummer Jeremy Dancing Bull interpret acoustic music and intertwine it with the organic qualities of Native American music. From Where the Sun Also Rises is Estun-Bah's 2010 release from Canyon Records (CR7093).

Fourteen insightful and uplifting tracks begin with “Spirit of Mother Earth,” a near-hymn rendered by gentle guitar and flutes blending into a poignant piece.  Raptor calls of eagles and hawks initiate “Hunt of the Buffalo” as it simulates the intensity, speed and alacrity of the eternal struggle between predator and prey.  The CD travels from Life-and-Death rhythms to the heartbeat of life–the powwow drum.  Powwow drums bring the audience into “Together We Danced” and adds flute and guitar in a universal dance that celebrates victory, endurance and survival of Native Nations.  “Another standout, “In the Time of Chiefs” similarly compiles the melodies and harmonies of each instrument into a honor for the ancestors and an appreciation of the past and its impact on the future.

Geographical settings are an important part of the atmosphere and spirit of the Southwest.  Several songs on this CD paint audio portraits of the terrain and landscapes of the region.  “Mountain Spirit” merges the sounds of guitar, flute and rainstick in an ode to the prominent presences that fill the mountains with mystical energy.  This song develops into a soothing artistic piece that contains a subtle caution to respect the spiritual beings amidst the hills and valleys.  A sense of triumph and overcoming obstacles permeates “From the Canyons”, which combines the band's talents into concentrated energy.  Watching the spectacular colors of Dawn in the Southwest is a fascinating and majestic event, which “Sedona Sunrise” embodies in each crescendo as the Sun expands its light over a new day.

Prayers appear in “A Prayer to the East” and “The Yellow of the Pollen”.   The band demonstrates reverence and mindfulness and each of these songs is an opportunity for hearers to meditate and to engage in contemplative spirituality.  “Dance of the Painted Warrior” concludes this CD with a tribute to all Warriors from every age and stage and style of spirituality. This CD is an outstanding choice to order for anyone who wishes to fill their home, office or environment with grace and peace.

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