Founded by Chris Tokalon (vocals, sax, flute, hang*) SoulBird have formed a multi-faceted trio of talented musicians. Along with their original compositions they combine their music to create a varied and eclectic blend of evocative and inspiring sounds. As a listener you are transported irresistibly on a soaring world music experience where cultural boundaries blur then vanish.
The music is anchored on a solid foundation of conventional Western music genres (mainly contemporary jazz, folk, rock and blues) and decades of experience in performance and composition. From this solid platform they invite you to take flight on a globetrotting journey, visiting your imagination on exotic musings to India, Africa, Tibet, the Middle East, Australia and the Caribbean. Tablas (Indian finger drums), Tibetan singing bowls, Oud (Middle Eastern Lute), Didgeridoo (origins in Australia) and *Hang (miniature steel drum with origins in the Caribbean) combine with saxophones, flute and guitar for a vividly colourful, musical event.
Christopher Tokalon on vocals, sax, flute and *Hang
Ronan Skillen on tablas, didgeridoo and extended percussion
Peter Nordling on guitars, bass and hoüd.
FOR BACKGROUND INFO SEE : ABOUT CHRIS
*A Hang is a metal “spaceship” which looks like two woks welded together and is actually a miniature Caribbean steel drum which is placed on your lap and played by hand. It has a beautiful, clear bell-like sound – almost like a cross between a guitar and harp.
Live Music for any Occasion
Jazz, African, Middle Eastern and World Music ensembles or solo sax for your functions and celebrations. I have 25 years of experience as a saxophonist and flautist in performance of original music and staged productions .We provide lively entertainment or soothing background music for weddings, birthdays and other special events.
CD's and Recording Sessions
I have recorded and produced 4 cds with a range of musical styles and done co-production and recording sessions on various projects, include two CDs of jazz and world music by The Jazz Hounds, three CDs of therapeutic meditation music. Session work on other peoples CDs, TV ads and radio jingles. I am also a voice artist doing voice over work with various accents or playing different characters in children’s stories.