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From the Dreamtime

from TRUE by Jeff Oster



This song began when Will Ackerman asked Samite to create a basic track with the mbira (kalimba) that you hear at the beginning of this piece. At the sessions, we built the song from that foundation. As I lived with this song as it was being created, it made me wonder where music comes from.
How does it appear? WHY does it appear?

Australia's indigenous peoples conceive of all things beginning with the Dreaming or (in some Indigenous languages) Altjeringa (also called the Dreamtime), a 'once upon a time' time out of time where archetypal ancestral spirit-beings formed the World.

For the Aboriginal Australians the Dreamtime is their understanding of the how the Ancestral Spirits created the landscape and every living thing. It is also the beginning of knowledge and the stories of the laws of existence that ensure survival.

Songlines are an ancient cultural concept, perpetuated through oral lore and singing and other forms of storytelling such as dance and painting. Songlines are an intricate series of song cycles that identify landmarks and subtle tracking mechanisms for navigation. These songs often evoke how the features of the land were created and named during the Dreaming.

Music ties us to and comes from “the time before time”. From the dreamtime….


from TRUE, released August 28, 2007
Written by Jeff Oster and Samite
Published by Retso Music (ASCAP) and
Samite Music (BMI)

Jeff Oster – Flugelhorn
Samite – Mbira,Vocals
Michael Manring – Bass
Philip Aaberg - Synthesizer
Derrik Jordan – Djembe, Cuica, Guiro

Engineered by Corin Nelsen
Mixed by Bryan Carrigan and Jeff Oster
at Hyperion Studios – Los Angeles, CA.

Recorded at Imaginary Road Studios - Brattleboro, VT
October 2006

© 2007 Jeff Oster and Samite


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Jeff Oster Alameda, California

Jeff's new album, BROTHERS (with Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton) was just nominated for Best New Age Album at the 64th Grammy® Awards.

He is one of the few trumpet/flugelhorn artists who's music will take you through chilled and dramatic soundscapes.

Five of his albums, "RELEASED", "TRUE", "SURRENDER" and "NEXT" and "REACH" have been voted as ZMR Album of the Year by broadcasters worldwide.
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