Eastern Strings: Guitar, Mandolin, Joura, Oud

Eastern Strings

Musiqa min Al Dunia As-Sharqia ~ Music from the Eastern World
Original Microtonal Music Inspired by Traditional Arabic Maqamat and Iqaat and Other World Music Traditions
California Multi-Instrumentalist

Nathan Craver

About ~


~ Performances ~ Recordings:

Here are some of the recordings that I've played on over the years:

Solo: ~

Al 'Azifoon

~ Lost Prophets ~ Other

Solo Improvisations:

Although I do not play either traditional Persian music or traditional Persian instruments, the instruments that I play on my Bijan Solos recordings are all descended from ancient Persian stringed instruments and it is thus fitting that they were recorded 'live' in a Persian restaurant.

First One In, Last One Home and Court Minstrel were recorded at the Waterfront Park in Martinez, CA for the Employee Appreciation Picnic at my workplace.

You can find these CDs for sale at the Good Stuff Guitar Shop and Natural Healings in Martinez, CA.

Bijan Solos 1 2005

Mandolin Solo 2
(MP3, 5.7MB, 6:05)

Classical Guitar Solo 4
(MP3, 3.1MB, 3:18)

First One In 2005

Storm Clouds (intro)
(MP3, 2.7MB, 2:54)

Take A Breath
(MP3, 2.2MB, 2:24)

Last One Home 2005

Across The Straits
(MP3, 6MB, 6:24)

Bijan Solos 2 - Moondreams 2005

Waltz By The Sea
(MP3, 7.2MB, 7:41)

Far From Home
(MP3, 8.2MB, 8:46)

(MP3, 2.8MB, 2:58)

Court Minstrel 2007

Court Minstrel
(MP3, 2.9MB, 6:13)

River Gypsies
(MP3, 6.0MB, 13:02)

Time To Move On
(MP3, 4.9MB, 10:38)

Race The Storm
(MP3, 4.6MB, 9:59)

Night Train
(MP3, 10.3MB, 22:28)

Some recent nylon-string guitar improvisations, recorded 'live' in my living room, December 2008:

Alhambra (MP3, 8.6MB, 10:13)

Fog On The Heather (MP3, 5.0MB, 6:14)

Multimedia Compositions:

The following are a series of recordings I made for several digital recording/multimedia classes that I took at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA from 2001 - 2003.
I wasn't as much into serious composition as I was into having fun with synthesizers, as you will hear!
Flute Song was actually written in 1974 or 75 for a flute class I took at San Francisco State.

Altitud (MP3, 2.1MB, 2:17)

Walkabout (MP3, 2.7MB, 2:57)

Flute Song (MP3, 1.7MB, 1:52)

Tipsy Robots (MP3, 2.1MB, 3:17)

Scratchin' Robots (MP3, 2.9MB, 3:07)

Street Noises (MP3, 2.3MB, 2:26)

St. Stevie & the Dragon (MP3, 2.7MB, 2:57)

Viento de Frente (MP3, 3.0MB, 3:11)
(Percussion sampled from Susu Pampanin)

Walk Through The Bazaar (MP3, 1.9MB, 2:30)
(totally created with GarageBand loops, 2012)

Electric Oud at El Morocco

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