Sprit Dance features ten of David's most popular rhythmic compositions, remixed and remastered for interpretive dance. All tracks have a distinctly primal or tribal feel to help you reveal your inner hunter-gatherer. Features such favourites as Frog Dancing and Spirit Stalking.
"Wilderness at the dawn of time. A primordial paradise exquisitely crafted from the pure sounds of nature"
This beautiful CD will take you on a journey into nature you will never forget. In this stunning, hour-long panorama-in-sound of New Zealand's natural world, you will visit primordial rain forests, remote mountain peaks, placid lakes, and ocean depths. You will hear the voices of more than 70 of the fascinating and unique creatures that make these beautiful Pacific islands their home. Welcome to their private world where they will capture your imagination and heart.
"The definitive New Zealand sound. Here David has merged his fascination with ancient Maori instruments and keyboards to explore this country's distant past.
Within the opening few seconds of the album, the cry of the Morepork rises above the drifting keyboard notes of David Antony Clark's 'Gondwana's Ark', the first piece of his album, Terra Inhabitata. The koauau, a small Maori flute, adds to the ambiance of the natural setting.The environment plays a large part in these interpretations. From a 'Moa Swamp' to an 'Avalanche of Snow', we are transported from concrete and glass to punga and mist. With a myriad of native birdcalls singing in the background: hear the call of the Moa as it tramps the dampened verdant landscapes of old."
Review by CW - NAPRA
"The natural wonders and Aboriginal legends of Northern Australia are the inspiration behind this mystical album by New Zealand composer David Antony Clark.
Chants, nature sounds, and the ever-popular didgeridoo are woven through melodic themes and rhythms that capture the cadence of a walkabout. One cut that made me smile was 'Frog Dancing', with its cell-vibrating, three-dimensional croaks. Crocs and dingoes, brush fires and morning rains create wilderness environments amidst catchy light-ambient rhythms; rather like Deep Forest, outback. Just beyond the obvious, the ancestors beckon with echoing whistles and chants."
Review by Bill Binkelman Wind and Wire
"David Antony Clark's Before Africa is easily one of the best releases on the stellar White Cloud label, and that's really saying something. This is an outstanding 'driving' recording, so if you don't have a car CD player, record this album and set out for your favorite winding country road. You will not be disappointed.
The album opener, 'A Land Before Eden', starts the release off on a high note with its gentle but playful loping rhythm, its floating background synths, its flute melody line and it's cheerful yet worldly sense of optimism. This song is simply one of the best pieces of music I've heard in the past year. I never want to stop playing it. But, when I did, I found the 'Stone Children with it's kalimba-like melody over some background vocal samplings. The kalimba is a wonderful instrumental sound and I flat out fell in love with it. The rhythm on this song is mid-tempo, again in a sort of loping beat, and that's the key to this album's success as driving music.
Scattered throughout the CD are ambient sound recordings of life in Africa, some wildlife, some nature and they are well-done (listen to the sounds of animals at a watering hole at the beginning of 'The Gathering Place'. It adds to the feel of the CD as it helps to transport you into the otherworld that exists on only the very best recordings.
By turns haunting (Flamingo Lake), gently rhythmic (The Gathering Place), mysterious (Ancestral Voices), and quasi-tribal/primal (The Inner Hunt), all of the music on Before Africa is a joy to hear. As a reviewer and someone who gets lots of music to listen to, when something makes it into my 'keep playing it way past the review' group, it's a very special recording. David Antony Clark's latest is definitely one of those."
With Jon Mark
For hundreds of years the dream that became America was a dream that belonged to the people of Ireland.
The Leaving Of Ireland is a haunting tribute to the indomitable spirit of the Irish and a unique musical travelogue of the great Irish migration to North America in the mid-eighteenth century. This beautiful work features the sublime voice of Deidre Starr, the plaintive voices of pipes and whistles, with subtle evocative musicscapes and emotional narratives.
Using ancient instruments, birdcalls and environmental ambiance, David approaches his music like a painter of caves, revisiting a time when our ancestors engaged in exactly that. Intriguing organic sounds are used in a vibrant impressionistic mold, finding and exploring several musical canvasses through tribal rhythms, ritualistic gatherings, trance-like visions and prayers to invoke the return of the light.
The music is very evocative, gentle, and with a depth of beauty that really penetrates the listening space. Clark employs lyrical melodies and intriguing ambient sounds in the building of his beguiling mosaics of sound artistry, and his music will appeal to fans of Richard Burmer, David Arkenstone and others of a visionary nature.
Combining environmental soundscapes and contemporary rhythm, David mixes ethnic voices and instrumentation summoning powerfully evocative images to capture the spiritual essence of some of the world's most revered sacred sites.
With this album David uses a variety of ethnic languages and instruments melding them with unique invented sounds. He ranges widely - from New Zealand to Nepal, Syria to Peru and is joined by musicians and vocalists from many world traditions.
Rock Art features remixes and re-masterings of David's most successful neo-primal classics. A strongly evocative sense of place and mood pervades this album. The primitive rhythms of our early ancestors are captured in evocative and melodic soundscapes.
A dazzling variety of sounds are banged or shaken out of many organic materials then digitally sampled to develop the basis for David's infectious rhythms.
With loping percussion beats and unhurried arrangements, it recalls life when time was marked by the sun and stars and modern technology was a hand axe. Rock Art speaks to the primal being within us all.
With Radha Sahar
From close melody lines to multi-layered vocals, Céltica Romántica vividly evokes rugged natural landscapes: from the fields to the stars.
In this collection of remixes, David Antony Clark joins with New Zealand singer/songwriter Radha Sahar to combine their hauntingly evocative compositions, celebrating their Irish and Scottish roots.
World features 10 of David's most popular World Music favourites: remixed and re-mastered. This collection melds a variety if ethnic instruments and languages, unique invented sounds, and modern rhythms to produce powerfully evocative sonic soundscapes.
David's abiding passions are music, travel, and the natural world and World can, in many ways, be considered an autobiography.
From the most ancient of times the shaman has played a fundamental role in hunting societies around the world. Through the shaman's intervention, the harmonious balance between the spirit and natural worlds is maintained: crops are harvested, hunts are successfully completed, and illness is cured or prevented.
This album is dedicated to the spirits those men and women who have sacrificed so much for humanity and aided in our survival and well-being throughout countless millennia. This album features vocals in reconstructed Proto Indo-European and Tibetan.
Featuring Rawiri Toia
Around one thousand years ago, voyaging Polynesian canoes discovered a remote, uninhabited wilderness in the southern Pacific Ocean: a land with a flora and fauna unlike any on Earth.
Tribal Blood - Manawataki Maori explores the feelings of wonder and separation of the first people to settle these extraordinary islands of Aotearoa/New Zealand, a people who now call themselves Maori.
With: Chief Dancing Thunder, Piripi Rangihaeata, Lester Mohi, Apirana Taylor, Ron Riddell, Evan Williams.