kyoto coven works
with the hidden virtuosos of asia
- Tsuyu Typhoon -
Songs | Covens | Crew
Aeons and chakras below,
before composers, formulas and music as product,
there was an artesian music of numinous encounter
- challenging - collusive - carnal -
the erogenous hymns arising when adepts of the muse
first harken, tangle and engage one another...
Christian Braun - Didgeridoo (Narrative)
Ishida Junji - Violin (Bluegrass)
Morishima Yo - Percussion (Modern Stage)
Gary Tegler - Tenor Sax (Latin)
Yamada Haruzo - Bass/Calimba (Blues)
*Tsuyu ("plum rains") Nihon's lingering June/July monsoon - a season of fertility, heat and drama in the skies.
- Encounter in Summertime
- Daring Fourplay
- South Chakra Song
- Second Thoughts Serenade
- Mama Can't Mind
- Java Knees Skittle
- Kama Sutralight
- David Rockefeller Vexes the Queen
- Pleasing Her
- Muse Tantra
- Afterglow: Cicada Sunset
- SOUND SAMPLES HERE!
Perhaps it was so always and everywhere,
but in modern Asia and corporate Nihon in pathetic particular, aside
from 4 or 5 stars, the most phenomenally artesian musicians reliably
starve, quit or clench the margins of a day job. Happily, rapture being
what it is, few ever quit totally, though the corporate media continue
to obscure them and abort countless terra-erotic opportunities for new
growth and creation.
The Kyoto Coven Works conspires to
revive the practice of music as shamanic moment, taking heart and
direction from two antique open secrets: One, like the Tao, the Muse
lurks everywhere - playful, fertile and promiscuously democratic (never
know whose loins She'll be warming up in next); and two, Her ardor is
Adepts who share little else in common, but fervently
embody Her esprit can swiftly converge, confuse and inexplicably ignite
incredibly sensuous melodies. Coven work strives to occasion such
trysts and share the epiphanies.
Coven format is ritual simple.
- 1) Sequester a few virtuoso artists who don't normally play together,
who don't normally even play the same music,
hell, who just don't play normally period
in a lush sanctuary for a weekend;
- 2) Record all that transpires - from first half tuned greetings
to the intimate concert they give at twilight of the closing day.
- 3) Winnow out the moments of densest grace and release to
the world as proof, prayer and aphrodisiac antidote to MTV.
- 4) Split the take with the shift, and go out stalking incarnations again.
Enrich the atmosphere. Support us and/or kindle Covens of your own .
As observed, bemusing avatars are everywhere.
And God knows, She's always available..
Coven I : Contributers
Mantic Microphonics - Goto Akihiko
Editorial Inspirations - Christopher Fryman, Kash Sokol
In-Your-Face Photography - Chris Langridge
Inebriant Artwork - Aix & Aya Battoe
Concept & Bricolage - W. David Kubiak
Born: 1969, Cologne; Awakenings: '87/bass, '89/didgeridoo;
Passions: trance, meditation, healing music; Day job: Craft trading, DJ work.
India's "Namaste" greeting means "I recognize the Spirit within you."
Though most of us hadn't even met before, once we got started,
it was just like that - one long, jumpin' "Namaste"...
Born: 1959, Wakayama; Passions: jazz vocals/piano, acoustic recording,
inventing exquisite microphones; Day job: Matsushita systems engineer.
It just felt so Kyoto-esque. OK, the instruments were all Western,
but the spirit pouring out of that chaos showed what Kyoto music could and should be...
Born: 1950, Kyoto; Awakenings: '57/classic violin; '67/banjo;
Passions: bluegrass, classic/tribal Asian traditions; Day job: Runs graphic design/prepress office.
It was unforgettable, and the place deserves a lot of the credit
- the cicadas, birds, the wind in the bamboo - like the mountain itself was sitting in to play.
Born: 1965, Matsuyama; Awakenings: '68/piano, '75/guitar, '83/ drums;
Passions: R&B, rock, funk; Day job: club sound engineer, dance/stage backup.
I walked into this gig cold and they only had one old Japanese drum and a kitchen pot.
They said just play whatever you feel like so I stayed. So glad I did.
Born: 1952, Philadelphia; Awakening: '80/saxaphone;
Passions: Latin, straight-ahead jazz; Day job: free-lance journalist & narrator.
In 15 years of playing, I don't think I ever enjoyed a gig as much as this one.
PS: the cicada chorus will be performing nationwide this summer. Don't miss it...
Born: 1955, Kyoto; Awakenings: '69/bass, '92/calimba;
Passions: blues, traditional/modern African rhythms; Day job: several local bands/session work.
So little was decided beforehand, it was amazing anything happened at all.
But then the music started to come and it was just fascinating...
SOUND SAMPLES HERE!
Kyoto Coven Works
Ancestor/inspiration of Udaipur Shakti Works
Current Address: c/o Udaipur Shakti Works
1 Sajjangarh Rd, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India 313001
Contact: w. david kubiak
wdk ( at ) udaipurshaktiworks.com