Deeper with the Anima
"It's the kind of progfusion that reflects on some of Zappa's more impressive musical moments, and also brings Zek's music into the future, with his own approach to playing, and musical creativity. There is a great array of musical genres at work here, and these guys are the kind of musicians that are constantly creating new subgenres by mixing and daring to do things that are as demanding as they are intriguing. Love this stuff, I am more than certain that 'fusion a holics' should be required to own this CD, and it's predecessor, or all of Phi's stuff, Lalles' and Marco's for that matter. Crazy good music here, I don't find too many cds that I would recommend this highly for fusion fans, but this is can't miss stuff." MJ Brady Prognosis "Some albums that last as long as Deeper With The Anima become hard work, but that is not the case with this delightful construct; a quite remarkable album and an inspiring take on fusion that never falls back on the sometimes prevalent clichés of that genre." Roger Trenwith DPRP "Deeper With The Anima is an album of multiple contrasts and moods, richly textured and immaculately performed. This music is so varied and interesting you are never quite sure what the next track will bring... An album of contrasting moods and tones, excellent musicianship and some fine songwriting. Highly recommended for fans of jazz, fusion and progressive rock." Jon Neudorf Sea Of Tranquility Dance With The Anima is a very dynamic guitar instrumental album, featuring new and extended pieces that reprise some of the themes from it's companion CD 'Dance With The Anima', along with 3 exciting guest remixes. Playing both electric and acoustic guitars, Phi's spectacular lead playing comes of age providing each tune with the perfect blend of depth, melody, lyricism and fiery virtuosity. Coupled with the stunning solo work of keyboardist Lalle Larsson (Karmakanic/Agents Of Mercy), and the groove, tone and feel of Steve Vai/Dethklok/Aristocrats bassist Bryan Beller guesting on 2 tracks, the musicality of the performances on this album are simply first class. Musically the album is a very passionate and personal journey, moving from the cinematic jazz with tasteful atmospheric playing of "Mariana's Deeper Dive" to it's opposite polarity in the no-holds-barred dark and intense augmented tribal hypershred insanity of "The Shrine Of The Augmented Weave"! Not to mention along the way there's a wonderful Piazzolla meets Gotan Project style tango ("Corazones En Fuego"), a beautifully catchy summery drum and bass acoustic fusion tune ("Signposts 2"), a John Coltrane/Pharoah Sanders inspired 4 minute guitar solo ("Love Abounds"), a drum and bass driven 'Beltway Bandits' Zappa-style highly detailed long-form melody piece ("Melodies Of Me Three") and many more inspiring groove-orientated tracks. With the foundation of many of the tracks having an electronica influenced flavour, the vibe of the 'Deeper...' is at times akin to Joe Satriani's 'Engines Of Creation' meets Jeff Beck's 'You Had It Coming' meets Ozric Tentacles, but still all very much cemented in Phi Yaan-Zek's unique and progressive musical style. "I was getting such a creative high composing and recording the music for 'Dance With The Anima' that it seemed a shame to finish it there. Being part of Marco Minnemann's Normalizer 2 project, one of the main rules was that the drums could not be edited in any way. This restriction actually provided the impetus for new creative avenues and the music on 'Dance...' would not have existed were it not for this musical challenge. However I felt some of the compositions needed another lease of life in an extended form, and so the idea of a companion remix album was born. After having given out some of the tracks to be remixed, and having started the remixing process myself, it became apparent that the creative energy behind the music didn't want to be limited to simply just an album of remixes. New compositions started to grow out of old ones and Marco's drum grooves provided the seed for many new musical ideas. This led to another year of intense recording work to add all the new melodies, grooves and solos to the music, with the guitar now becoming the main focus. The result, although related to 'Dance...' in themes, mood and atmosphere, stands in it's own right as a separate album with many stunning new performances and it's own personal artistic voice. Enjoy the deeper journey..." Phi Yaan-Zek June 2012.