My name is Duane Frybarger and I am a composer and musician recording under my own name as well as the name Pangaea World Orchestra. This is my place of refuge for fans of quiet, relaxing instrumental music which I offer for your enjoyment and inspiration. I recorded about a dozen instrumental albums in the early 1990's under the name Pangaea World Orchestra. A Musical Feast received airplay on more than 100 radio stations worldwide, both large and small and was well-received by both radio personnel and the public. A second album, A Road Less Traveled recorded under my own name, was also heard on many radio stations and was also successful as an independent release. In early 2023, I re-discovered many dozens of cassette tape masters which had been boxed up and forgotten for nearly thirty years. Eight of these tapes have been recently released digitally (along with a re-release of A Musical Feast) and are available for streaming on all major outlets.
Pangaea World Orchestra
This page displays my main release of 1996, A Musical Feast, along with eight other albums discovered in early 2023. Also included is an EP from 2018.
Back in the City
Beyond the Border
Into the Light
Lost in Paradise
The Southern Suites
The Trujillo SuitesDuane Frybarger - improvisations and compositions
These pages display four of my releases under my own name.
Dreams and Memories - piano improvisations
A Road Less Traveled - mostly MIDI orchestrations
Sketches - piano improvisations
Another Voice, Another Time - baritone ukulele improvisations
Pangaea World Orchestra's A Musical Feast was my debut to the world as a composer in the mid 1990s. The internet was a new phenomenon and I was fortunate to eventually have the music of PWO heard on more than 100 radio stations, both large and small, on four continents. The other albums are all recent discoveries and are being released for the first time in 2023.
Dreams and Memories is an album of piano improvisations recorded in early 2020. Each piece offers quiet, introspective moods and a peaceful ambience.
A Road Less Traveled was the follow up album to A Musical Feast (see below) and was recorded under my own name. This album offers a quiet, contemplative journey in a chamber orchestral setting with the exception of a single solo piano diversion. Again, I was fortunate to gain significant airplay on radio stations large and small in 1998 when I released this work.
Sketches is an album of jazz piano solo improvisations and compositions composed and recorded in 2006. It had been my goal for many decades to be able to improvise in such a way that each piece sounded organic and complete as if it had been previously composed. The first four pieces are the first piano improvisations I recorded in which I felt that I achieved that goal.
Another Voice, Another Place is an album of solos and duos of baritone ukulele improvisations and compositions. The duos were recorded with a looper and most of these recordings were done in 2018 and 2019. This section is a collection of my first improvisations and recordings on the ukulele. The baritone ukulele is an unusual instrument with an unfamiliar sound and I use a non-standard tuning which gives it an even more unique tone.
I am an amateur scientist fascinated by astronomy, geology, water science and many other aspects of the natural world and I also enjoy photography. You will find samples of my artwork of the Earth's beauty as I see it through out the site.
Thank you for visiting and please enjoy your stay. Comments are always welcome and contact information can be found at the bottom of each page.
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