2008 album from the Mexico City native, a musician and folklorist with an interest in the instruments and musical traditions of Incan and Mayan civilizations. Tales Of Astral Travelers, links Perez's interest in South American antiquity with contemporary sounds and recording technology. The result is a lilting mlange of flutes and percussion instruments, synthesizer, natural sounds, accordion, and strings. Tracks like "Insectos" and "Amphibians," which feature recordings of the title creatures, draw us directly into the heart of the rain forest, while beautifully evocative cuts like "Aurora's Dream" send a kind of siren song on woodwinds. Domo.
There were music and instruments in the Americas long before Columbus hit these shores. That's what Mexican composer Luis Perez plays: The vessel flutes, sticks, stones, and bone rasps were used by Mayan and Incan cultures to make a music that has passed into the vapors of Mexican jungles. But Perez taps into their spirit on his American debut, Tales of Astral Travelers
. As Luis Perez Ixoneztli, he's been on the Los Angeles music scene for many years, recording with Kitaro, Yes singer Jon Anderson, film composer James Horner, and the world fusion group, Huayucaltia. You can hear these influences in his music, which imbeds his Pre-Columbian instruments in lush arrangements with synthesizers, strings, guitars, and accordions. Perez evokes folkloric themes on "Sleeping Woman" and "Temple of Inscriptions," and crafts imagistic landscapes on "Sacred Mountain" and "Lunar Dance." Perez believes that astral travelers have visited us on Earth, but his music creates its own alien designs, born out of antiquity. --John Diliberto