Love Language

by Wouter Kellerman

Released 08/10/2015
Kellerman Music CC
Released 08/10/2015
Kellerman Music CC

Winds Of Samsara

by Ricky Kej and Wouter Kellerman

Released 15 July 2014
Released 15 July 2014
What do Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, an Indian composer of timeless melodies, a vivaciously virtuosic South African flutist, and over 120 spirited musicians from five continents all have in common? Winds of Samsara, of course.
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A truly global effort, this album is the dream of Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej, an unlikely but star-matched collaborative duo. Drawing from disparate cultures, the pair has melted their creative influences into the strange and wonderful sonic gumbo contained within this album. Winds of Samsara speaks to themes of peace and positivity, spinning together forward-moving harmony, progressive composition, and technical prowess with a verve and passion never before attempted in the New Age genre.

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Ramin Djawadi

Story

This is one of my favourite tunes - it makes you think of open spaces and far away lands :)

I wanted to capture the feel of the music by using only flutes. After the first recordings I was very disappointed - it just didn't have that epic feel that strings seem to get, so I tried to change the arrangement to suit the flute. I’ve used the fife, C flute, alto flute, bass flute and the contrabass flute.

I'm playing the percussive drum parts on the bass flute and contrabass flute and have panned it left and right to get closer to the epic feel of the original.

The contrabass flute's low bass lines start midway just to add bottom end - I love the deep sound that one normally doesn't associate with flutes :)

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J de Wet / Hamman

Story

I remember listening to Sonja Herholdt’s version when I was a teenager. Anna Davel’s sultry voice, the C flute and alto flute bring a fresh interpretation...

Lyrics

Ek verlang na jou
Na die winde wat sy arms om my vou
So verlang ek as die son en die maan en die wind en die wolke oor my gaan
Verlang jy ook na my?
Daar waar jy nou in die verrelande bly
En verlang jy as die son en die maan en die wind en die wolke oor jou gaan?

Waai … wind
Bring … hom terug na my

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Fadhili William

Story

My parents had a Miriam Makeba album in the house and I used to listen every day. I’ve loved listening to her version of ‘Malaika’ for most of my life.

Lyrics

he words are in Swahili and translate as follows:

lyrics

Angel, I love you angel
Angel, I love you angel
and I, what should I do, your young friend
I am defeated by the bride price that I don't have
I would marry you, angel
I am defeated by the bride price that I don't have
I would marry you, angel

Little bird, I think of you little bird
and I, what should I do, your young friend
I am defeated by the bride price that I don't have
I would marry you, angel
I am defeated by the bride price that I don't have
I would marry you, angel
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Elliot Goldenthal

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This is my favourite part of the soundtrack from the movie ‘Frida’ - an exquisitely made movie and unforgettable soundtrack!

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Loreena McKennitt/Xaris Alexiou

Story

Xaris Alexiou sings a beautiful version of this song.

Lyrics

Two little angels
came and stole
the golden rag
Nefeli used to wear on her head,
so as to differ from us all in the vineyard.
Two little angels
who were dreaming of Nefeli and wanted
to feed her pomegranate and honey,
so that she could not remember, so that she would forget what she wanted,
they managed to seduce her.
Hyacinths and lilies
robbed her of her scent and wear it
while flying love gods laugh at her,
throwing their arrows towards her.
But the benevolent Zeus
takes the adolescence water away from her,
turns her into a cloud and disperses her
so that they could not find her.

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Edvard Grieg

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This is such a beautiful piece, written by the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. I love listening to the Berlin Philharmonic’s version, another favourite is the version of the Norwegian singer ‘Sissel’.

Wouter Kellerman
Wouter Kellerman

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This is for Madiba (Nelson Mandela), just expressing how we all feel about him.

Wouter Kellerman

Story

There are some melodies that just move you inexplicably, melodies that seem to transcend time and cultural barriers, that somehow unlock an innate musical sense that seems to be at the core of every human being. They keep their charm through many generations and times and seem to be timeless… On this album are some of my favourites – songs that I’ve wanted to record for a long time.

Staying with the timeless theme, I’ve written two songs for Nelson Mandela, who’s influence and memory will sustain us far into the future. Another original song was inspired by the stillness and timelessness of the sun reflecting off the water in Cape Town.

Wouter Kellerman
Wouter Kellerman

Story

This piece is written for solo flute only and is biographical – as a tribute to Nelson Mandela, I wanted to paint his life with the colours of the flute.

It starts with his childhood, growing up in rural Transkei, where he was very close to nature and spent time in the fields herding cattle. When writing the song, I was thinking of him sitting by his cattle, listening to the beautiful sounds of nature, which even then must have been tinged with a sense of sadness, showing what was to come in his life.

The middle section of the piece starts when he moves to Johannesburg and the peacefulness of nature makes space for a train of events that would take control of his life and gather a momentum of its own. The percussive nature of this section indicates the runaway train of events, and the bits of the flute/vocal percussion is indicative of the influence that Ghandi’s idea of peaceful resistance had in his life at the time.
In the last section he retires and finally has time to spend with his family and be peaceful again. The piece ends on an unfinished note, showing that even when his life is over, his influence and memory will carry on and sustain us far into the future.

Wouter Kellerman

Story

There are some melodies that just move you inexplicably, melodies that seem to transcend time and cultural barriers, that somehow unlock an innate musical sense that seems to be at the core of every human being. They keep their charm through many generations and times and seem to be timeless… On this album are some of my favourites – songs that I’ve wanted to record for a long time. 

Staying with the timeless theme, I’ve written two songs for Nelson Mandela, who’s influence and memory will sustain us far into the future. Another original song was inspired by the stillness and timelessness of the sun reflecting off the water in Cape Town

Wouter Kellerman
Harold Arlen and E Y Harburg

Story

From ‘The wizard of Oz’ and considered to be the greatest movie songs of all time, it really moves me and was one of the first tunes that I tried to play on the flute. I’ve included my favourite part of the lyrics in the song - it’s something I relate to – the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true…

Lyrics

Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue 
And the dreams that you dare to dream, 
Really do come true. 
Someday I'll wish upon a star 
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me. 
Where troubles melt like lemon drops, 
High above the chimney tops, 
That's where you'll find me.

Wouter Kellerman
Wouter Kellerman and Paul Carlos
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Patty Griffin

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The song touches upon emotions surrounding Martin Luther King's famous 1968 ‘I’ve been to the Mountaintop’ speech. I’ve tried to express the emotions with the colours of the flute.

Wouter Kellerman

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I have been a Piazzola fan for a long time. I first heard this number on the GOTAN Project CD, and loved it from the first time I heard it. When I was in Buenos Aires, I kept on hearing the flute playing the melody lines in my mind and when I got back, I decided to record it.

Wouter Kellerman

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This was the first song we created and it's really about the plaintive sound of the fife and the emotions it unlocks when you listen to it. We named it after a yoga posture that Paul was trying to teach me at the time.

Wouter Kellerman

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We used to perform this Celtic traditional with just the flute and guitar - Mauritz filled it out a bit for us.

Wouter Kellerman

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This song really captures the spirit of Buenos Aires for me. It has depth, a sadness that's full of hope and fierce energy. It's one of my favourites on the album, as it allows me to be really expressive on the flute...

Wouter Kellerman

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The three sisters is the movie `Tortilla Soup' sang this song with such enthusiasm that it was impossible not to like it.

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The baroque composer Marin Marais wrote this theme and variations, based on a traditional folk tune. Irene Grafenauer’s recording of this is one my favourite listening experiences. While I was performing in Berlin with pianist Wessel van Rensburg, he started adding his own variations into the mix, and that’s how the idea for this version originated. We later met in Jo’burg to develop the idea futher.

Wouter Kellerman

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Sinead o' Connor really moves me when she does this song and I wanted to express the same passion on the flute.

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Duel

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Wouter Kellerman

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This piece started by having a musical `duel'. One of us goes first and plays a beautiful melody, which the other one tries to play even more expressively...

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This song was written by JB Arthur for a movie soundtrack. Nianell is one of my favourite vocalists, and this song was a great opportunity to combine the colour of her voice and that of the Indian flute.

 

Wouter Kellerman

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There is a lightness that is difficult to define... It moves with an uneven lilt - it has a 5/4 rhythm and a definite swing to it.

Wind

05:45
Wouter Kellerman

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I used to play this piece as an introduction to a Flamenco show - there is a Spanish flavour to the beginning that just seemed to flow once we started creating it.

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Astor Piazzolla

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When I heard the live recording of Astor Piazzolla playing the beautiful melody in the middle section of this piece on his Bandoneon, I was totally swept away. The madness of the other sections just helps to make the peaceful melody stand out more.

Wouter Kellerman

Story

Inspired by Jade and Simone and the way they sound when they say `Excuse me?'

Wouter Kellerman

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This is one of my favourite Afrikaans traditional songs. Underneath the simple melody and words lie a deep sadness and a resignation to the realities of life.

Two Voices

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Phresh Makhene and I got together one afternoon to write a song, and we incorporated a melody that he used to sing while playing water percussion in our performances. This is dedicated to Phresh’s Aunt Sylvia.

 

Two Voices

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Miniamba is a song of love and sacrifice from the Mandinka people of West Africa.

Two Voices

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Being a flautist, I have always been envious of the voice and words, and I thought – why not talk and play at the same time? This song has a little story – it’s about people at work. When the fire alarm rings, they think it’s just another false alarm, and happily carry on working. Eventually the voice over the intercom calls the people to attention, and that’s my chance to talk and play at the same time :)

Two Voices

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Senegalese singer and percussionist Lamine Sonko introduced me to this song. It’s basically one melody, but such a charming melody it is, and the alternative rhythmic content keeps it interesting.

Two Voices

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I called it ‘In The Moment’, because I have to be really in the moment when playing this. I was at a British Flute Society Convention a while back, and Greg Patillo was kind enough to show me how he does his beat boxing on the flute, and I have incorporated some of those ideas.

Two Voices

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Paul Carlos and I were playing around with dissonance, playing the minor third in the melody against the major chord, and then resolving - this was the result. 
The dissonance/harmony is indicative of Jo’burg, where there is harmony and discord, living next to one another, but the beat of the city carries on regardless…

Two Voices

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Lamine Sonko introduced me to this song during one of our jam sessions. It was written and originally recorded by the great Senegalese singer Cheikh Lô

Two Voices

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I have played this well-known South African song in my concerts for years now, doing it in a Reggae style. When Lamine joined us, he started singing an alternative melody in between the verses, and it has since become standard in our performances.

Two Voices

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I have always enjoyed the Irish hornpipe tunes, and combining them with African vocals was a natural step for me. This is played on the plastic fife (which is often used as a training flute for young flautists).

Two Voices

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Guitarist Paul Carlos and I were playing music after doing some yoga. I was experimenting to see how long I could play just one note without it becoming boring, and that’s how this song started. I had one of those passionate, plaintive Cape songs in mind, and was trying to express that in the colour of the notes, rather than in the changing of the notes and chords.

Colour

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David, Phresh, Salomé and I created this with the minimum instrumentation - mostly just using vocal sounds. For me, this song brings together the collection of our cultures and childhoods.

Colour

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The free soul of Africa bubbles over in this song - I just love it's simplicity and energy... It's the fruit of my African roots.