|A herd of Huaca on
Invented in 1980 by Sharon
Rowell in the California bay area, this multiple chambered
pan-cultural vessel flute, based on the thousands of
years old idea of sound in clay, is a radical innovation.
Chambers are tuned to a specific key and to each other
in a tempered fashion like the piano. The shape of the
instrument reminds some of lungs or the heart, while
the finish looks ancient and earthy. The huaca has three
large chambers with a split mouthpiece allowing one,
two or three notes to be played simultaneously.
The premiere composer of the Huaca is Alan Tower. Some
of his specially commissioned Huaca's have all three
chambers tuned to different musical scales, providing
the potential for more unusual harmonies.
Alan Tower has released
a solo Huaca CD, a 6 year project also containing sounds
of unknown origin, many of them from the depths of the
oceans. The CD "Waves" is released through
his non-profit organization Octave
Octave Alliance is a nature/world music record label,
as well as a resource network for musicians interested
in social change.
listen to a sample from Waves
More sound samples
available at Octave
You can buy the CD
here or email Alan directly to save a couple dollars:
benefit Octave Alliance