The Kirtipur Suite is now available!
My new duo recording, “The Kirtipur Suite,” with pianist Michael Kocour and special guest guitarist Jeff Libman, is now available. I composed this short suite in response to the April Nepali earthquakes and we recorded it in just 3 hours, with just 3 mics, and no edits. All proceeds benefit rebuilding in the town of Kirtipur, Nepal. Check it out, and please share! (2017-2018 Update: As the Kirtipur Reconstruction Committee has completed its efforts, all proceed will now be donated to HeartMind International, supporting Psychosocial Public Health Initiatives in Kathmandu and rural Nepal).
My inspirational wife, Dr. Ashley Hagaman, conducted her PhD research in Nepal. She was in country during the bulk of the earthquakes and aftershocks. Her Nepali Dai (older brother), Uden Maharjan, hails from the village of Kirtipur, a home to the indigenous Newar community in Kathmandu. This small city is known for its beautiful historic temples and other public spaces and monuments, almost all of which are now gayo (gone). Uden and the Kirtipur Reconstruction Committee (a locally driven initiative) are beginning to rebuild their neighborhood. By downloading and donating through this website, you will be sending direct contributions to the rebuilding of Kirtipur homes. One home costs about $1500 USD to rebuild. I wrote the music you’ll find here in this mini-album shortly following the Nepal earthquake and it’s many serious aftershocks during April/May 2015.
We recorded with just a few microphones, some simple engineering and mixing, no edits, a few takes of each track, and little else. The first song of the suite, “Hold Tight” delicately introduces the setting, the earthquake, and the tenuous sense of “calm,” found both before and after such an event. “Uncertainty” primarily aims to capture the feeling of the very ground beneath us moving and the ongoing sense of fear and wariness that comes from this unpredictable phenomenon and it’s accompanying consequences. “Hopefully” is written for the resiliency of the people in Nepal and an international effort to help, rebuild, and cultivate new growth. Finally, “Play The Blues And Smile Too” provides an admittedly American response to such terrifying circumstances with a sense of optimism, and again, hope: by playing the blues…
ALL proceeds go to the Kirtipur Reconstruction Committee through Ashley and Uden. Please email me at willgoblemusic _at_ gmail_dot_com with any questions about the stewardship of funds.
Released 06 July 2015
Mike Kocour: Piano
Will Goble: Bass, Compositions
Jeff Libman: Sound Engineer, Guitar, track 4
Prakash Budha, cover photo
Uden Maharjan, track photos