You can smell touch and hear the jasmine and feel the warmth of a young summer night.
The guitar in the hands of a master sings songs beyond words, songs that touch the soul. That master is Mila, an artist whose incredible touch echoes both his varied Eastern and Latin heritage and his life journeys through many countries and musical styles. Most poignant is his composition "Alica Close Your Eyes and Dance" inspired by and dedicated to famed dancer Alica Alonso whose subtle movements are immortalized here in a flamenco-soul melody. One can smell touch and hear the jasmine in this music and revel in the warmth of a young summer night. This is Mila's signature album - music not to be missed!
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"I tried a number of music projects in big cities, thinking that was necessary for a music career," Mila said this week. "But changes in th record industry, especially the rise of independent record labels, makes it possible to live outside the cities. I can choose to live where I want to."
When Mila left Spokane four years ago, he headed for the East Coast. Then he went to London where he wrote songs with his sister, Pearl Harbor, formerly of the English punk band, Pearl Harbor and the explosions.
Following their unsuccesful efforts to put a band together, Mila returned to the States and took up residence in Seattle. But when he found that his home-made debut LP was good enough not only to land a contract with a small Arizona record company but also to win rave reviews, he decided to return to a quieter place.
"Cities lend a lot of uptightness to music," he said. "They lend another air to what I'm doing and I'd rather not be there."
Mil's first two LPs, "Sky Without End" and "Night Jasmine" have been well received by publications like Guitar Player and Jazziz. Guitar Player devoted a full page to an interview (in which Mila was careful to get in a good work for Buzz Vineyard, the Spokane guitar-maker who built his arch-top acoustic).
Engineering and Produced by:
Liv Singh Khalsa at Invincible Recording Studio
Remaster to tape November 2014