EASTERN CHRONICLE is Deane Ogden’s first career solo project, a world music album written and produced on a mobile recording rig while traveling through the Orient and South Pacific Islands for eighteen months. The album fuses live and field-captured ethnic textures, world environments, live orchestra, intricate percussion, indigenous vocals, international instrumental soloists and Deane’s love affair with 80’s-era synth-pop and digital electronics in a way that strives to be comfortably intimate and beautifully expansive at the same time.
In Deane’s own words…
“It has been one of the greatest joys of my life to write, record and produce this record. EASTERN CHRONICLE has been the wind in my sails that I didn’t know I needed after a long many years of working in other musical realms. One of the characteristics of this record is that I’m working with dozens of international musicians and singers in an awesome fusion of East and West. Some of these people are musical heroes of mine who I’ve only dreamed of collaborating with until now.”
EASTERN CHRONICLE was released on Earth Day — April 22, 2013 — and is available at more than 400 digital carriers. Singles were released exclusively first on Spotify and then via terrestrial radio throughout North America, Europe and Japan. EASTERN CHRONICLE was released physically throughout Asia and Western Europe on April 22, and in select music retailers in North America on May 26, 2013.
DEANE OGDEN: drums, percussion, bass guitar, electric and acoustic guitars, bansuri, cane flute, cello, cümbüs, duck flute, electric sitar, gamelan, guanzi, gugin, konghou, koto, ney, ravan hattha, ruan, pipa, plectrum, pungi, shamisen, tack bass, wet harp, xiao, vocoder, Hammond B3, Mini Moog, Wurlitzer 200 electric piano, piano, keyboards and programming
SUCCI CHATTERJEE, SUVI CHE, RIANNE FENNELLER, EMILY JONES, MOWETO, CHRISTINA SASAKI, NUDGI SHANTHEE, ANNMARIE STANISLAUS, RACHEL TAN and IITAN YAU: lead vocals
INDA FITRIYANI ADHA and VRINA OGDEN: narrations
MAI-LIN CHAI: solo violin on “Girl With Paper Flowers”
RICHARD CHANCE: lead electric guitar on “Jeyda”
EDDY EKACHAI, FORUM DOSHI and OLIVER SADIE: radio announcers on “Radio Mumbai”
TINA GUO: solo cello on “Radio Mumbai”
SCOTT JONES: lead electric guitar on “Dhompe Dhompe”
JEFF JORDAN: solo saxophone on “Firebird”
ANUKÉ KIMBAWÉ: bansuri
STEVE OUIMETTE: lead electric guitar on “Radio Mumbai”
ÉANÁN PATTERSON: solo violin on “Temple of Heaven”
BOB REYNOLDS: solo soprano saxophone on “For Tohoku”
ANTHONY SALLEE: bass guitar on “Dhompe Dhompe”
TANAH LOT KECAK DANCE ENSEMBLE: native chants and hand percussion on “The Monsoon Song”
KO-SHITU TANAKA: violin, viola, cello, and doublebass
SASHA BELDEN, MATT BOWDLER, BETTINA BRUNSCHWICK, RICHARD CHANCE, KIMBERLY CUTLER, ELSPETH EASTMAN, DIRK EHLERT, LAURENCE HAUPT, GIORGIA KOLIAS, IRINI KOLIAS, PANOS KOLIAS, TINA KOLIAS, VRINA OGDEN, ERIC SANTIESTEVAN, DAVID M. SAUNDERS, KATHRIN SEEMANN, SILKE WEIßENBERG, YAIZA VARONA, UPIKZUBAIDAR WIJAYA and DEANE OGDEN: background vocals
MAI-LIN CHAI, BRIAN CHAN, LIA HUANG, MIA HUANG, TIMERA SHINUYO, MELISSA STREET, WAN-CHIEN YANG, LUCY WU: violin
TIA HUANG, TERESA HARRISON: viola
ROSELYN HENSHAW, TEVÍ GRAY: cello
HSIN-YI MA: double bass
Written, arranged and produced by
DEANE OGDEN & TREVOR McLEOD
Mastered by STEVE McDONALD
Art direction and design by RYO ISHIDO
Art design concept by
RYO ISHIDO & DEANE OGDEN
Portrait photography by JIMMY NOVA S.
Additional photography by
INDA FITRIYANI ADHA & DEANE OGDEN
Indonesian translations by VRINA OGDEN
Japanese translations by
INDA FITRIYANI ADHA and DAVID FREEMAN
Mandarin and Cantonese translations by
Hindi translations by
NEELA KAPOOR and FORUM DOSHI
India/Sri Lanka contracting by
NEELA KAPOOR and THALI PURVI
Japan contracting by
DAVID FREEMAN and TEVÍ GRAY
China contracting by
MAI-LIN CHAI and LUCY WU
BEHIND THE SCENES
Deane spent months recording in the “wild” in Japan, China, Tibet, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand, and then combined those captures with controlled studio sessions conducted in the United States and Europe. Additional sessions were conducted in Dublin, Hamburg, London, Phoenix, Amsterdam, Nashville and New York.
Detailed walkthroughs of each released single and several additional tracks can be heard in a series entitled “Eastern Chronicle: Behind the Sessions” by clicking the button below.
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