Saturday, December 22, 2007

Himalayan Desert

Last night we took the 6 up to Asian Society for The Arts Of Kashmir show.
One room featuring a fantastic selection of large 19th Century intricately made shawls on display , all finely lit thread textures ultra detailed smoothly finished , their use of saturated colors a deep universe onto itself.
A map of old Srinagar sewn into a shawl , Mughal Empire looms and who holds the pashmina , men fishing in Dal Lake ,
400 looms cut to 100 after Muslims came in from Afghanistan , special properties of River Jhelum's water.
Then you get to the shawl where the makers got into using black threads ... pure black abyssal space shapes fingers tendrils

Tibetan music from Zhang Huan's show drifts up from the floor below.
The Bookstore is filled with some interesting looking, quality seeming gifts, items, jewelry,
a good selection of books we didn't know at cut price.
Looking through i found Nina Rao's Himalayan Desert filled with stories of old Buddhist India and Tibet ,
she's visited the string of Monastaries from Ladakh, Spiti , Kinnaur to Lahul
tracing the ancient paths and connections to the crumbling to dust Guge Kingdom ruins in Western Tibet and back again ...
Mixing Indian , Tibetan , Chinese, Islamic and Buddhist cultures.
Walking to civilization along the frozen Zanskar River ... don't fall in the river is swift
and you'll be swept below the only break in the ice
never to be heard from again.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Dennis Sal Ike Yard 2008

Ike Yard was invited to jam by Dennis Young at Sal's place last Wed. ,
that was one of the first times another group has reached out to us like that
and playing with them was alot of fun.
We almost instantly fell into drum - marimba - perc - bass - guitar - synth jams,
the first one lasting 30 minutes !
Some outstanding stuff we made up and grooved one .
We plan to do it again early Feb. when I get back
and do some shows together
Cheers guys

We have some new friends helping Ike Yard land our first show in town for somewhere between Feb. - March,
some things bubbling in Europe . Brussels calling for the next Plan K / Factory night 2008 !
And we hope to play Chicago and Detroit when it gets warmer , would like to include first Canada shows.
The best of the new songs will be recorded in Feb., March, and that makes up the all- new album's 13- 14 song pieces

2008 Incoming

* Nowthenafter SurroundSound DVD produced by SA & Harvestworks' Tellus label;
a collection of downtown electro acoustic musicmakers circa 2000 -2008
Ikue Mori & DJ Olive
Judy Nylon & SA
8 Bit Construction Set
David Linton & Charles Cohen
Toshio Kajiwara
Mark C
Marina Rosenfeld
Ray Sweeten
Messages ( Taketo Shimada & Treyce from Psychic Ills)
DJ Singe

Nowthenafter DVD will be available before the Harvestworks Benefit in June @ NY FIlm Academy

* DCC will have all album tracks finished - finally, and will be shopping those tracks
* Dominatrix new EP will be ready
* Dystopians first download Ep
* The Voodooists first rereleases dl
* Upcoming black rain rereleases