The music on this disc represents one of several collaborations between American minimalist composer Philip Glass and experimental Brazilian percussion group Uakti (say WOK-chee). The members of Uakti make their own instruments, both conventional and invented. Their collaboration with Glass is not simply a matter of performance – in this work, commissioned by a Brazilian dance company in 1993, they actually adapted Glass' materials for their own instruments. The first nine movements of Aguas da Amazonia (Waters of Amazonia) consist of the names of Brazilian rivers; the tenth movement, "Metamorphosis I," was added later, with instrumentation similar to the first nine.
Paco de Lucia is certainly Spain’s top Flamenco guitarist, and “Entre dos aguas” is arguably his best album. If you’re really looking for Nouveau Flamenco, this is where it all started! The artist combines Spanish guitar and traditional flamenco rhythms with the piano, percussion, flute, and jazz rhythms to produce a spectacular effort. Start with “Entre dos aguas,” the title song and one of his all-time best cuts. Paco de Lucia feels and interprets flamenco in a highly personal, yet accessible, style. Album’s best cuts: Title track, “Convite,” “Chanela,” “Rio ancho,” but the entire CD is first-rate!