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Fear Is Not the Natural State of Civilized People

by Daren Burns

Released 2012
Urban Nerds Records
Released 2012
Urban Nerds Records
Electric improvised music, similar to 70's era Miles Davis, featuring the incredible Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet
The title of this CD is a quote from the Burmese political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi (who was recently released again; for how long, we'll have to see) and the music is my comment on the US post 9/11. As We have been running scared for now over eleven years, and seem willing to give up our most important and basic freedoms based only on fear, I say that maybe it's time we looked at some of the true heroes of the world, some of them peaceful others violent; who stood up, with 100% of their total energy and focus for what they believed in while paying greatly with their own personal costs. Blindly and foolishly giving up constitutional rights for the illusion of safety is not the answer.

This recording is dedicated to Goyathlay (Geronimo) the great Apache leader, Gandhi the Indian revolutionary, Aung San Suu Kyi the Burmese political prisoner, Fela Kuti the Nigerian fighter of governmental corruption, and anyone else who believes that life based on fear is not an option.

Music Is the Weapon.
released 15 March 2012
Daren Burns - composer/fretless bass
Wadada Leo Smith - trumpet
Scott Collins - guitar
Sarah Phillips - piano
Craig Bunch - drums

Recorded 6-23-09
Mixed 9-15 and 11-24-09
by Wayne Peet @ Newzone Studios, Los Angeles

Artwork and design by Kio Griffith

"Fear is Not the Natural State of Civilized People" -- an excellent, expansive, post-'70s Miles-influenced fusion record featuring Wadada Leo Smith. Impressive fretless bass work by Burns and some really fine writing as well. There is some deep subtext in terms of the messages delivered, too. The album serves as his comment on the state of the American and global psyche in the post 9/11 environment. - Anil Prasad,

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