Creation Story

by John-Carlos Perea

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All compositions © and ℗ 2014 by John-Carlos Perea (Aerep Music [ASCAP]) except tracks 4 and 7 which are Native American traditional songs arranged by John-Carlos Perea, arrangements © and ℗ 2014 by John-Carlos Perea (Aerep Music [ASCAP]).


released March 4, 2014

Jimmy Biala: percussion (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6)
Bryan Bowman: drum set (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6)
Lewis Jordan: alto saxophone (tracks 2 and 6), baritone saxophone (tracks 4 and 5)
Elliot Humberto Kavee: drum set (tracks 3 and 7)
Masaru Koga: soprano saxophone (tracks 4, 5 and 6), alto saxophone (tracks 1 and 5)
Jessica Bissett Perea: vocals (track 4)
John-Carlos Perea: electric bass (tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, and 7), Native American flute (tracks 1, 3, 4, and 6), vocals (tracks 4 and 7), powwow drum (track 4)
Tim Volpicella: electric guitar (tracks 1, 4, 5, and 6)
Francis Wong: tenor saxophone (tracks 2, 4, and 5)

Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 recorded at Coast Recorders, December 2012
Tracks 3 and 7 recorded live at the Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University Native Sounds North and South Series, September 2012
Additional recording by Screaming Lizard, Summer/Fall 2013
Produced by John-Carlos Perea
Co-produced by Andre J.H. Zweerz
Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 recorded and mixed by Judy Kirschner and Andre J.H. Zweerz, recording assisted by Sean Beresford
Tracks 3 and 7 recorded live by Whitney Slaten
Edited by Andre J.H. Zweerz
Mastered by Judy Kirschner

Front cover artwork: "Kokopelli Calling Spring" by Dirk Alphin, © 2013, Used with permission.
Banner artwork by Monica Magtoto, "Green Pyramids," © 2013.
Graphic design by Monica Magtoto
Photography by Genevieve Shiffrar at the Native Contemporary Arts Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens, 2012

Major funding for this release provided by a Native American Arts and Cultural Traditions Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Thank you to: all of the musicians, engineers, and artists who contributed their time and talent to the creation of Creation Story, Jessica Bissett Perea, Josephine Mary Bissett Perea, Barbara and Jacob Perea, the Bissett Family, Barney Hoehner and the Hoehner Family, Lolo Felix Magtoto and the Magtoto Family, the San Francisco Arts Commission and Native American Arts and Cultural Traditions Grant, Ana Maria Ochoa, Aaron Fox, Kevin Fellezs, Whitney Slaten, Trevor Reed, and the Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University, Doug Roomian and Noe Valley Music, the Investing in Artists grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, Matthew Shenoda, Eddie Madril, Dirk Alphin, Reid Gomez, Niki Lee, Karl Evangelista, Luke Taylor, Asian Improv aRts, Red Poppy Art House, Janeen Antoine and American Indian Contemporary Arts, the Department of American Indian Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, and the audience members and supporters who have shaped the development of this work.

In memory of Sumiko Tanaka and Marie.



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Electric bassist, Native American flutist, vocalist, and composer. Photo by Robbie Sweeny.

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Track Name: Don't Cry
Oyáte kiŋháŋ ċéyapi-sni yelo hey
-- (People the cry-not)
Náŋĥċi ni (he) wáuwelo hey
-- ( As of yet I am alive)
Waċí wiċáša
-- (Dancer man)
Hey heya hey heya uwelo
-- (It is said, it is said, I am coming)

Paraphrase: Folks, don’t cry for me, I’m still alive and dancing. It is said I am coming.

Translation by Dirk Alphin