Due to recent crashes and server-wide malware infections we have lost more content. But for now we are putting up our old site since the essence is still comunicated.
Due to some crashes we have lost some of the content. That's too bad because we had a very interesting run over the last while.
Currently we are in Canada preparing tom have another go at setting up something in China.
We are still keen on working with other artists from North America, or Asia, or anywhere else. If you have a skill or love, and are willing to pass either or both onto others, contact us.
The Healing Journey Drum project finished well, and we hear many people are interested in getting a copy of the cd. You will be able to see the finished artwork, as well as links for how you can order some, soon. In the meantime, don't forget about the little site covering the event
In other news we are now relocated back in Central Asia. It is refreshing to be "home". We will be posting some photos of life here soon.
We are still keen on working with other artists from North America, or Asia, or anywhere else. We are gearing up for possible music and/or art exchanges. If you have a skill or love, and are willing to pass either or both onto others, contact us. We can set up classes or seminars for you here. Or you could be of help in arranging for a Central Asia artist to visit your home.
July 31st, 2007
After we began spreading the word about Step by Steppe's offer to record traditional artists, singing and music, for free, we had several contacts. Perhaps there was a Ghanian choir which might want to be recorded... maybe a folk singer from Hamilton...
We settled with a drumming group called the Healing Journey Drum who wanted to play 5 songs, record them, include some details about the songs, as well as incorporate some traditional teachings on the cd in between tracks.
We had a test run July 20th, and it went well. The drummers/singers felt good about their progress. July 3oth we met again to do a real recording. Everyone was a little nervous, but not much.
We are now mastering the audio and working on the artistic design for the cd. You can view some photos of the recording at this project's web site.
June 15th, 2007
We are about to embark on an advertising blitz in our region here in Canada offering to record traditional singers and music for free.
There are so many cultural communities here that surely there is a need and desire to record and thereby preserve and promote traditional music.
We only forsee a few more months here so there are limits to the number of artists we can help. We'll see how it goes.
You can view a sample of what the "Featured Artist" page may look like here
May 3rd, 2007
Winter is surely over now for most of you. Spring too is about to phase into Summer! How time flies.
We have had something of a time-out since December when we came back to Texas to deliver our first daughter, Liberty Marie Eileen Cooke. She is adorable! She has very long fingers making us wonder if she will one day play piano, or guitar, or dombura, rawap, or any number of Central Asian instruments.
We ought to be heading back to Central Asia by this August. It will be an exciting time as we look into expanding into northwest China! The cultural riches there are vast!
November 1, 2005
You have found the site of Step by Steppe. We hope you like the new design. We have done our best to best repesent the various peoples and cultures with whom we want work.
You can find a list of some of books Step by Steppe is currently working on. As well, there is a calendar listing events taking place in Astana, Kazakstan.
Eventually we will highlight featured artists with a bio page.