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Derrik Jordan is an award-winning composer and singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who plays 5 string electric violin, guitar, keyboard, kalimba and percussion. He is a recording artist on Worldsoul Records based in Putney, Vermont.

"Derrik Jordan is something of a one-man musical force of nature." -Vermont Sunday Magazine

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What is World Music?

World Music is the current catch-all term used to describe music that is created outside of the USA - mostly it is music that is not Pop or that is not created for commercial distribution by the major record labels. The term world music also implies music that is of ethnic or indigenous origin - really a kind of folk music that is connected to the ancient dance rhythms and instruments of a particular culture. World fusion is a style that attempts to combine various kinds of unrelated world music into new and exciting musical hybrids.

 

Derrik Jordan composes world fusion and world fusion/classical music for orchestra, chamber groups, TV and film and loves to bring musicians and cultures together through his compositions. He has released many CDs and performs his original songs as a singer-songwriter and instrumentally on the 5-string electric violin and many other instruments including three CDs under the name "SuperString Theory" and "Brazilliance." He also performs with many groups including Tony Vacca's World Rhythms, Impulse Ensemble, Natural History and Simba. Living in the hills of beautiful southern Vermont, he sings and plays throughout the northeast USA. You can find all of Derrik Jordan's Worldsoul Records CDs and recordings at CD Baby,  I-Tunes and many other internet download sites. To get a quick overview of the huge variety of styles he creates and his international collaborations go to his soundcloud page.

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Coming soon! "Love Has No Season" a CD that Derrik Jordan co-wrote and produced with Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets. Abiodun is known for his fiery revolutionary poetry but this CD features his songwriting and singing in the classic soul, reggae and Caribbean styles. The album is dedicated to Abiodun's old friend and singer-songwriter Jon Lucien.

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"Windham Loops" was commissioned by the Windham Orchestra and was premiered in Brattleboro, VT in June 2011 under the direction of conductor Hugh Keelan. It is a 4 movement 30 minute piece for full orchestra and Derrik Jordan's world fusion power trio Impulse Ensemble (with Tony Vacca and Jim Matus) that takes the listener on a journey through many world music styles including Indian, Middle Eastern, Balinese, African/Pygmy and funk. The four movements are Food Chain, Homunculus, Sandcastles and Awakening. The video (above) is 8 minutes long and contains excerpts of the piece.

 

The newest and the third SuperString Theory CD on Worldsoul Records "Invitation To Xtasy." You can listen to and buy the CD at CD Baby:

 

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"Invitation To Xtasy" features some fantastic musicians that Derrik Jordan works with:

Forward Kwenda, well known in Zimbabwe and globally for his spiritual and intuitive mbira playing and singing.

Sana Ndiaye from the Casamance region of Senegal sings and plays the ekonting, a precursor to the American banjo. He is a member of Gokh-Bi System.

Billy “Blanco” White is an American flamenco guitarist, oud player, sound healer and producer living in San Miguel del Allende in Mexico.

Tony Vacca is an award winning balafonist, percussionist, spoken word artist and visionary bandleader from the Northhampton, MA area. He is a member of my world fusion power trio Impulse Ensemble.

Jim Matus plays the laoutar (an electric Greek lute) is the leader of the band Mawwal. He is the third member of Impulse Ensemble. You can go to www.impulseensemble.com and watch our video if you want learn more.

Gordon Stone is a well-known pedal steel and banjo player from northern Vermont who began playing bluegrass but works a lot with African musicians.

Erik Lawrence is a NYC based world-class jazz sax and flute player and who is currently a member of the acclaimed group Butler, Bernstein and the Hot 9.

It’s always an exciting challenge for Derrik to blend his own musical sensibility with musicians from other cultures. All of the musicians on this CD bring their own very unique approach to music and all of them have their own distinct musical personalities.

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Tired of the same old cookie cutter music on the radio? Fed up with "product" music? Are you ready to hear some real and meaningful music again? Stop bitchin' and start a revolution!

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Windham Loops (excerpt)