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Karl Kalbaugh is EvOR's resident Didgeridoo player. The didgeridoo is an Aboriginal
instrument from Australia. I had no idea what a Didgeridoo is so I though I would add
a small and limited description to the beginning of this page.
A Didgeridoo is possibly the oldest known wind instrument, traditionally made from eucalyptus branches
or saplings. Then, naturally hollowed by termites. The shape and size determine the sound and pitch
of the instrument. Wax will sometimes be used at a large end to fashion the mouthpiece.
Karl, please feel free to add other information you feel necessary to this description.
inspiration behind Karl Kalbaugh's debut CD, "Terra Nova", comes from
more than just his love of music; it comes, quite simply, from his love
of the human race. Terra Nova, which is derived from the Latin and literally
means "New Earth", isn't just a forum for displaying Karl's musical
talents. Rather, he uses the project as a platform for articulating
his passion about one of society's major issues: world peace. "The enormity
(of world peace) overtakes the capability of words. What governments
can not articulate, possibly music, the universal language, can. Perhaps
in some small way, the music of Terra Nova can reach beyond boundaries,
prejudice, hatred... and help plant the seed that bears the fruit of
world peace," reads a portion of the CD liner.
eclectic mixture of gospel-inspired rock, world, ambient and classical,
much of the instrumentation for Terra Nova's 10 cuts are performed by
Karl himself, in addition to a number of guest musicians (Lim Peacock,
Eric Heiberg, Pete Barnhart, and Susan Kalbaugh) and vocalist Miranda
Hoof. According to Karl, the music is "meant to evoke thoughts about
world peace; what does it take on an individual level, and, ultimately,
the rewards of sustained peace with our neighbors in the world."
the beginning, Karl took a highly experimental track, combining live
multitrack overdubs with keyboards, didgeridoo, voice, flute, various
ethnic instruments, and sound design elements, like the song of humpback
whales and thunderstorms. "It really was a matter of trying various
instruments, sounds, and rhythms," explains Karl. "I recorded a number
of pieces that I later threw out because they didn't fit into what the
CD was evolving into - it evolved into something that really defies
classification, a genre bender, you could say."Just how did "Terra Nova"
come to be?"
to Karl, much of the inspiration for the project came from one of his
favorite books of all time, "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran. "My inspiration
also came from Gibran fans. One day, while surfing the web, I came across
a site dedicated to Gibran. In the site's guest book section, I noticed
gentle words from Gibran readers from literally all over the world.
Even people from nations that were at odds with each other. It was a
powerful inspiration." In the "spirit" of Terra Nova all proceeds of
the sale of the CD go to "Stop
Hunger Now", a world hunger relief organization in which all operational
expenses like office space, staff salary and mailings are underwritten
by a corporate sponsor (the Hewitt Foundation) so that all donated monies
can go to hunger relief efforts throughout the world.
personal reward for completing the CD is getting to express myself and
having some people like it," says Karl. I decided a long time ago that
the expression was the important part, not the money. By contributing
whatever proceeds the CD makes to Stop Hunger Now, I am doubly gratified.
The CD will be distributed internationally by LA Outback and will be
available on their website.
The feel of most of Karl's music is reminiscent of nature. He brings the sounds of nature
to the forefront, and uses it as a basis for his music. Karl is also a Television Sound
Designer. You may have heard his work on the National Geographic Channel or your local
PBS station. He has produced music and has played the Didgeridoo. You can go to the National
Geographic web page and listen to some of his music. When I hear someone's music I want
to say, "they sound like," with Karl it's not that simple. You hear the jazz influences in
his music, but the unmistakable sounds of nature are always there. His music is relaxing
without putting you to sleep. Interesting without being wild and overbearing. If you are
looking for a good melody with a primal impulse take a listen to Karl Kalbaugh.
CD Baby and
Artist proceeds from Terra Nova go to Stop Hunger Now!
Inspired by "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran, Terra Nova is a musical journey... describing a world
re-made in peace!
Television Sound Designer, Karl Kalbaugh, unleashes his wizardry to create Terra
Nova; a musical experience rooted in Art Rock of the 1970's but wrapped in World of the 21st Century!
To hear a sample simply click on the song title.
To order CD, click the CD cover.
/ Song to the Nations
/ Terra Nova (Part One)
/ Terra Nova (Part Two)
/ New Earth (Terra Nova Re-Mix) /