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Artist: LEVI, LOUISE LANDES
Title: IKIRU or The Wanderer
Format: LP
Label: Oaken Palace
Country: UK
Price: $20.00
"We welcome Louise Landes Levi to the Oaken Palace Records family and invite you to join her on a musical journey through the life and fate of the Monarch butterfly. IKIRU, which is Japanese for "to grow", starts with "Butterfly Graveyard", a musical assessment of the current state of the Monarch butterfly, whose population has declined by over 80% over the past 20 years. On "Butterfly Brain", this worrying development is contrasted with the bravery and wonder of the species, its transformation from a caterpillar to a butterfly, which then travels thousands of miles on its journeys from the US to Mexico.

Louise is a founding member of Daniel Moores Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company, the first fusion orchestra in the USA – fellow players included Terry Riley & Angus Maclise. Louise then trained with the Indian masters Pandit Ram Narayan and Ustad Abdul Majid Khan on sarangi, and with Ali Akbar Khan and his sister, Annapurna Devi. She also studied with La Monte Young in NYC, where she monitored the Dream House, Youngs & Zazeelas musical installation. Despite this vast musical experience, she has released very few solo recordings, so we feel especially honoured that she has agreed to contribute to our project.

On this release, Louise is joined by Bart De Paepe and Timo van Luijk, who also recorded and mixed the album. Louise Landes Levi dedicates her album to the Monarch butterfly, which is not yet listed as an endangered species on the IUCN redlist. However, endangered status has been requested by the US Center for Biological Diversity due to the drastic decline of the population over the past decades. All profits will be donated to the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund initiated by the US National Fish and Wildlife Foundation." - Oaken Palace.

Artist: LEVI, LOUISE LANDES
Title: Sloow Tapes Poetry Broadside #12: In the Aura of The Other
Format: Broadside
Label: Sloow Tapes
Country: Belgium
Price: $3.00
"Louise Landes Levi has translated & written books, published chap books, broadsides & cards, / played sarangi in concert halls, in radio stations in town squares & railroad stations for some decades & perhaps for some lives. Overland journeys to India produced several interpretive translations/ one of Rene Daumal ( the great Sanskrit autodidact & author of well known Mt. Analogue) RASA originally printed by New Directions (1982), now available through Shivastan, the other, of the legendary poet genius Mira Bai whose devotion to Krishna freed her entirely. SWEET ON MY LIPS was published by Cool Grove Press in 1997 & reprinted in 2003 w. an introductory essay by La Monte Young." - Sloow Tapes.

Artist: LEVI, LOUISE LANDES
Title: From the Ming Oracle
Format: LP
Label: Sloowax
Country: Belgium
Price: $21.00
“Recording by Louise Landes Levi on traditional bowed harp or sarangi and Hilary Jeffery (who also plays with Catherine Christer Hennix) on trombone drone. Levi studied sarangi under the guidance of Annapurna Devi and Ali Akbar Khan.
Levi & Jeffery interpret the perennial tradition of Indian raga - informed by the deep dream of the 20th century & the visionary ensembles of the mid century: The Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company (Daniel Moore) & The Theatre of Eternal Music (La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela). Also an accomplished poet, the LP comes with a booklet with a selection of poems from “Tower 2/TARA or dc-x,” which was originally printed for the funeral rites of Simon Vinkenoog. Edition of 300 copies.” - Sloowax.
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