Alice Gomez,
Madalyn Blanchett
& Marilyn Rife

Obsidian Butterfly is Alice Gomez's debut recording on Silver Wave Records, with Madalyn Blanchett and Marilyn Rife. These three talented women have been recording Native music together since Flute Dreams in 1994. Together they weave the melodic sounds of ancient flutes with a multitude of exotic percussion instruments to evoke the mystery and lore of Native peoples of the Americas.

"Expansive, dreamy, lively and atmospheric ... Gomez's melodies are sensitively shaped to transform legendary settings and traditions into a tapestry keenly enchanting to modern ears."
San Antonio Express-News

In the Aztec culture, Obsidian Butterfly is one of many female deities associated with the earth and its fertility. The music on this recording was created in celebration of the various splendors of the earth including scenic landscapes and ancient ruins.

1999 - Silver Wave Records SD 919 (CD) / SC 919 (cassette)

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Album Tracks:

  1. Celestial Dancer (3:27) [Listen!]
  2. Pyramid Temples (4:29)
  3. Voices of the Wind (4:07) [Listen!]
  4. The Ancient Ones (3:17)
  5. Ghost Dance (6:01) [Listen!]
  6. Passage to MesoAmerica (4:44) [Listen!]
  7. Sacred Landscapes (5:10)
  8. Path of Dreams (3:50)
  9. Eagle's Flight (3:31)
  10. Obsidian Butterfly (2:15)
  11. Spirits of the Earth (3:50) [Listen!]
  12. Soul Healer (3:26)
  13. Cloud Serpent (2:38)
  14. Searching for the Aztecs (3:41)

Surprise track: The Concheros

All music composed and arranged by Alice Gomez. All compositions published by Musiquest/Silvertron Music (ASCAP).

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Madalyn Blanchett:
sopranino, soprano, alto and tenor recorders, panpipes, synthesizer
Marilyn Rife:
percussion, marimba, synthesizer, keyboard bass, and clay flutes
Alice Gomez:
acoustic and electric guitars, synthesizer, keyboard bass, clay flutes, cow horn, percussion

Percussion instruments used on Obsidian Butterfly include marimba, log drums, Peruvian bombo, Indian gourd cabasa, guiro, maracas, rattles, seed rattles, frog scraper, triangle, rain stick, dance bells, wind chimes, bamboo chimes, puili sticks, Pakistani tambourine, quijada, suspended cymbals, gong, African djembe, cajon, congas, bongos, and pow wow drums.

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Production Credits:

Alice Gomez and Marilyn Rife
Executive Producer:
James Marienthal
Cover Art:
Robert Gilormo © 1999
Art direction and design:
Valerie Sanford
Sherron Huffman
Engineered by:
Donnie Meals and Levi White at Edit Point Studios and Joe Trevino at Blue Cat Studios
Digitally mastered by:
Dave Glasser at Airshow Mastering

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All Rights Reserved.

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