// MUSIC //
Caleb Byerly recorded this album outside of Seattle, Washington with sound engineer, Michael Proctor. With their state of the art mics and space, Olalla Bay Music Studio was able to capture the acoustic quality of the Salimbaa instrument as best as it has ever been recorded. Most of the songs have three Salimbaa tracks; a rhythm, melody and harmony track. This made the songs sound like it had many instruments but it was only one. The goal in recording was to keep it as vulnerable and real as possible, without adding many effects and EQs.
Caleb and Filipino musicians came together to creatively produce this soaking worship album with the Salimbaa and other indigenous Philippine instruments. Caleb composed all of the songs from the Salimbaa and the other instrumentalists incorporated their own parts accordingly.
Join us in worship of God our Creator as you listen to these Salimbaa compositions.
This album was created to honor the chief of the Tinananon, Datu Suhat, who sadly passed away in 2016 and to honor the remarkable work of Jesus in their tribe. Caleb Byerly, a missionary to the Tinananon tribe and Marshall Daniels, a worship pastor at The Harvest House Church, collaborated together in making this album. They had the desire to create an album revolving around the Salimbaa and Handpan instruments. The origins of these two instruments are considered ancient partner-instruments in the Tinananon tribe, as they were played together hundreds of years ago. So this album is a collision of music from the east and the west, from history and the present.
// PHOTOS //
My journey with making instruments began in 2008. After spending a year in Israel studying as an apprentice under an amazing artist, I ventured to Southeast Asia and lived among different indigenous tribes as a missionary – spreading the Gospel of Jesus. While working there, I discovered there were all types of wonderful tribal sounds and tribal instruments that I had never heard before. It was in that moment that I realized, "The world needs to hear these sounds!"