Haven’t played my own “stand up” solo gig since August. However, I play near weekly engagements in support of kirtan wallahs throughout New England. Here is a YouTube video of my accompanying Adam Bauer with Pashawari Cohen on trap set last week end at Hope Gate Way here in Portland. Enjoy
Robert ÆOLUS Myers, fresh off the release of Talisman produced by Origin Peoples, his second retrospective LP in two years, will play a three hour ambient performance in the Courtyard of the Ocean Gate Plaza during August’s First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m., August 2nd.
Starting with something that somehow slipped by me back in April, Robert ÆOLUS Myers` Talisman. A collection of sonic Sufism put together by Origin Peoples. Robert, now based in Portland, spent a long time in Hawaii, and was the subject of a massive retrospective on Roger Bong`s Aloha Got Soul label a few years ago. Origin Peoples have now selected five more archival tracks, and partnered these with four contemporary remixes and edits.
For full review go here.
In 2017, Hawaiian archivists Aloha Got Soul released A Retrospective, introducing me and many others to ambient starmaster and spiritual healer Robert ÆOLUS Myers. Existing within the broader new age tradition though also standing apart from it, ÆOLUS’ music is borne of deep communion with nature and the exploratory possibilities of electronic synthesis, with fluttering arpeggiations, dreamwave sequences, and ethnological rhythms supporting cloudform symphonies and mystical flute improvisations.
For entire review go here.
Maybe long winded but here we go.
Jeremy and I started off talking about your music where it comes from then future seeing of it, all in combining something intrinsically Hawaiian with something new and other worldly. So the first side of the art work represents Hawaii through the Molokini crater, I liked this since it is something distinctly Hawaiian but created from something that literally came from another world. The next side is Pluto, I chose that as a representation of the further “place” or heavenly body music has travelled via the Golden Record on Voyager. So the whole thing is about this space and journey between the two, hence both are removed from their actually context and places onto a new textural non-place, and both are digitally treated to show this isn’t depiction of these places but just a representation or simulation of them.
The line work then is something I’ve been playing with for awhile but is inspired by stick charts old very localized and personalised way of navigating a space, mostly used to navigate bodies of water. So they represent you, me, any listener, our ways of understating and navigating this space between Molokini and Pluto, that stimulative non-space your music and the reworking of your music has created.
The idea of Talisman comes more in the 3rd release which is coming, where the artwork is more about us the listeners, it’s about the vessel and having made that trip. So it’s back in Hawaii, in the water like a shuttle that just came back to earth, it’s us having gone to Pluto and back and with it brought back these gems or talismans, it’s what we’ve gained from listening to the music.