For 10 to 15 seconds of Namah, I was totally transformed. I don't know how to describe it — I was in another world...
- Marvin Rosen, pianist, music educator, musicologist and host of the weekly radio program Classical Discoveries, which airs on WPRB 103.3 FM, Winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award for 2005
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Let’s just say, for instance that back in late 2008, Jon Anderson rejoined YES along with Slovakian composer and keyboardist Peter Machajdik, filling in for the Wakemans. Man oh man, that would have been something! Before you go and call the nice young men in their clean white coats, it’s not so far from reality, especially when you take a listen to Anderson’s amazing vocal performance on Machajdik’s CD, entitled Namah, which was released in early 2009. Seems no one was really talking much about this album by Peter yet, now a couple years later, it’s amazing to hear his CD. Best known for his ground breaking work in YES, Anderson sings on the five part suite here called, “Sadness Of Flowing”, which Anderson added his vocals to way back in November 2007. Composing the music here and contributing a range of electronic sounds and tapes, Machajdik is assisted not only by Jon Anderson but by some of his gifted Slovakian musician friends. This music is quite far from rock and is tempered throughout by a near avant gard, yet still quite progressive approach to classical music in the spirit of legendary geniuses like Edgard Varese and even Wendy Carlos. Anderson’s contributions may be the most accessible part of this 77 minute CD yet—featuring some of the most adventurous instrumental and wordless sonic collages most rock fans will ever hear--Namah is filled with a rare blend of atmospheric, soundtrack type music that blends, neoclassical orchestrations with a wild mix of improvisation and multimedia type sounds that truly defies descriptions. Fittingly, Machajdik is based in the city of Prague (pronounced “Prog”), capital city of the former Czechoslovakia.
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