Mondo Head

Mondo Head

by Kodo
     
 

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Produced by world music scholar (and former Grateful Dead percussionist) Mickey Hart, Mondo Head documents a series of performances by Japanese taiko ensemble Kodo. Recorded in California and Japan across the spring and summer of 2001, the albumSee more details below

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Produced by world music scholar (and former Grateful Dead percussionist) Mickey Hart, Mondo Head documents a series of performances by Japanese taiko ensemble Kodo. Recorded in California and Japan across the spring and summer of 2001, the album features an airy reproduction of Kodo's massive sound. Though taiko music is comprised predominantly of percussion instruments, Kodo's sound is filled with the organic sounds of flutes, bells, and human voices. The result is a lushly dense melodic tangle that works in and around the meticulously marked beats, inseparable from the rhythm in places. The music is disciplined and energetic though, at times, seems far removed from the force-of-nature power the band is attempting to achieve. In places, the music sounds positively Westernized, with smooth vocal chants on the opening "Berimabu Jam" and "Maracatü," as well as with the puzzling addition of blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite on "Echo Bells." Musselwhite's contribution fits surprisingly well in places, but often sounds like Howard Levy's lite work with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2002
Label:
Red Int / Red Ink
UPC:
0766925611126
catalogNumber:
56111
Rank:
91461

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kodo   Primary Artist,Percussion,Cymbals,Gong,Vocals,Background Vocals,Whistle (Instrument),Hand Clapping,Agogo,Hirado-o-daiko,Okedo-daiko,Uchiwa-daiko,shamisen,Wood Block,taiko,Shinobue,Rattles,Daiko Drum,Clappers,Shime Taiko,Hyoshigi,Jangara
Charlie Musselwhite   Harmonica
Linda Tillery   Voices
Mickey Hart   Percussion,Drums,Gong,Bells,Hand Clapping,Pan Flute/Pan Pipes,Agogo,Jegog,talking drum,Water Gong,Breathing
Giovanni Hidalgo   Conga,Hand Clapping,Agogo,Cajon,Shaker
Airto Moreira   Percussion,Drums,Voices,Berimbau,Hand Clapping,Caxixi,Agogo
Joey Blake   Voices
Bobi Céspedes   Voices
Gyuto Tantric Choir   Bells,Chant,Ngoma,Damaru Human Skull Drums,Rolmo
Zakir Hussain   Tabla,Duggis,Taragat
Nengue Hernandez   Voices
Michael Hinton   Gong,Bells,Claves,Shaker
Arto Tuncboyaciyan   Vocals
Vikku Vinayakram   Ghatam
Ryutaro Kaneko   taiko
Yokoi Fujimoto   Vocals
Azam Ali   Voices
Rhonda Benin   Voices
Greg Ellis   Hammered Dulcimer,Udu

Technical Credits

Mickey Hart   Sound Effects,Producer,Liner Notes,beats
Airto Moreira   Sound Effects
Tom Flye   Engineer,Mastering
Arto Tuncboyaciyan   Sound Effects,Contributor
Elichi Saito   Contributor
Takeshi Arai   Contributor
Ryutaro Kaneko   Music Direction
Tetsuro Naito   Contributor
Akira Nanjo   Contributor
Motofumi Yamaguchi   Contributor
Kaoru Watanabe   Contributor
Yoshikazu Fujimoto   Contributor
Hideyukii Saito   Contributor
Tsubasa Hori   Contributor
Kazuki Imagai   Contributor

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