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Kim Sanders with Peter Kennard

By Stacy Meyn
Published December 12, 2006

Trance ’n’ Dancin

Australian composer/arranger Kim Sanders has traversed the globe for over two decades, assembling a c.v. resembling a patchwork quilt (cane-cutter, “meatworks laborer,” documentary film researcher) in the process. He’s performed in some unusual global hot spots, including Senegal, the Balkans, China and Indonesia—basically, every continent except Antarctica, and that might be next. Sanders’ instrumental abilities are broad: Macedonian, Turkish and Bulgarian gaidas (bagpipes); Bulgarian and Turkish kavals (wooden flutes), saluang (Sumatran flute), furulya (Hungarian flute), ney (Dervish flute), tenor saxophone, tin whistle, drums, percussion, and a host of other ethnic instruments. On his latest ethereal romp Trance ’n’ Dancin, Sanders features the ney, gaidas and…Hammond organ. Pal Peter Kennard helps out on bendir (frame drum), darabukka and megabukka (Middle Eastern drums), riq (Egyptian tambourine), surdo (Brazilian bass drum), zills (finger cymbals), wood-blocks, harmonium, keyboards, gong-on-a-mattress, and…”dried budgies.” Trance ’n’ Dancin is primarily Turkish music, opening with a beloved makam (important note joining a tetra- and pentachord). Other songs range from straight-up bop to Dervish trance tones. The album tries to inspire the titular actions in listeners, and succeeds.