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Goddess Gaia

by Goddess Gaia

Upbeat electronica-meets-world-fusion for your dancing & Listening pleasure.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Samsara
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2. Sweet Soul Potion
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3. Ylele/Catch Me If You Can
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4. New Moon Dance
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5. Zouk/Dear Friend
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6. Molihta/The One I Love
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7. A'¢free'¢ka
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8. Son Mi Doide/Dragonfly
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9. Lalli
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10. Malle Modre/I Have Nothing
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Goddess Gaia features an amazing array of musical talent and lush production. Producer Greg Gordon brought together an international blend of vocalists and instrumentalists and meshed them with hard driving dance beats and electronica. Goddess Gaia is the result of collaborations with Egyptian composer/percussionist Reda Darwish, guitarist Fred Clarke, multi instrumentalist Mohammed Nejad and vocalists Irina, Sami, Feli, & Elana. Goddess Gaia's also features the mind expanding sound and pulsating rhythm of The Psychedelic Jew's Harp created and performed by Jacob Max Nasim.

Goddess Gaia Selected for the Hot New SF Based Compilation
DESTINATION LOUNGE SAN FRANCISCO

Destination Lounge San Francisco is a double mix cd by DJ F for Revive the Soul. The collection features the hottest downtempo, breaks, and house tracks from Bay Area producers and labels. Relax to the sounds of Greyboy, Goddess Gaia, Cheb i Sabbah, dZihan & Kamien and Julius Papp. Revive your soul with tracks from Miguel Migs, DJ F, Soulplanet Jazz Ensemble, Jay-J, Rick Preston and more!

The 28 page booklet is packed with delicious lounge info and pictures. The true elegance of San Francisco is captured by the photography of Jody Gianni.

Bio Info-
Greg Gordon: (producer, engineer, and writer) Greg, a first generation San Francisco native, is producer/engineer and owner at Pyramind Sound's recording studios where Goddess Gaia was created. Influenced early in life by his mother's studies of middle eastern music & belly dancing, Greg developed a passion for fusing traditional world music with contemporary electronic music production. He has been involved as a producer, arranger, midi programmer and engineer for many projects and artists including: Priority Record's Vox Lumania, Positive Sound Massive, Zoe Magic's Tasty Box, Ziba & Sumertone Record's "Blues From The Rainforest" featuring Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders. His music and production skills can also be found on a monthly basis on Sony's Official Playstation Magazine DVD.

Irina Mikhailova: (Vocalist, co-writer) Irina is a cross-pollinating vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist whose musical style reflects the rich traditions of Russia, the Middle East and Asia. Born and raised in the central Asian republic of Kazakhstan, Irina currently resides in the Bay Area. Her versatile talents are evident on her solo recordings and also albums by Ancient Future, Lumin, Eastern European choral ensemble Kitka and pop sensation Jewel. She plays a wide array of instruments including Udu, Jews Harp, Steel Drums, Piano and Tar. Irina recently finished a three week tour of Japan and another in Europe where she played at Peter Gabriel's WOMAD festival. Her haunting and intricate vocal melodies help give Goddess Gaia it's unique sound.

Sami Kaneda: (Vocalist, co-writer) A popular performer in her home country , Japan, Sami relocated to San Francisco in the fall of 1999, to further expand her musical expression and to enrich herself with the fantastic musical heritage that the bay area has to offer. While building on her classic jazz training, Sami's new found eclectic style is a blending of R & B, Hip-hop, world beat and Electronica. Her credits include: March of '98 "Songs of Seven Seas" is released in Japan by Teichiku Records, April of '98 Debut album charted as the top selling Japanese jazz vocal album continues #1 through May, July of '99 Featured vocalist on Evan Marks' new, world beat album "Heartbeat". Sept. of '99 Sami's original composition "Awakening of a Dream" earns Billboard Magazines Top 500 Songs of the Year Award.

Feli Tchaco Leye: (Vocalist, co-writer) Feli was born into an artistically gifted Gouro family of 16 brothers & sisters in Cote d'Ivoire, Africa. Her relatives include ritual chanters, singers, painters, sculptors, storytellers & dancers. Feli found stardom at a young age. Her first full length album, Amour Perdu, was released in 1996 on EMI records, when she was twenty years old. She has since then relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area where she has formed a new group called Zawili and has now released her own solo album.

Elana Solari: (Vocalist, co-writer) A native of California, Elana Solari's style is influenced by past lives and her diverse tribal origin: Celtic and Native American to name a few. First incited to sing by the spirits of the New Mexican mesas, she has been vocalizing for eight years. Elana can be found singing in urban lounges and at underground raves under the full moon.

Reda Darwish: (Percussionist, writer) Reda was born in Cairo Egypt. His experience as a percussionist ranges from playing the Bongo in the Royal Egyptian Orchestra to a multitude of other exotic percussion instruments , which he has played on five different solo albums.

Jacob Max Nasim (The Psychedelic Jew's Harp): Born in San Francisco, Jacob has traveled the world developing his skills as a photographer, writer, television editor and director. Jacob is the creator of The Psychedelic Jew's Harp with which he produces a rhythmic and hypnotic vortex of trance-inducing music. Jacob plays the Jew's Harp, an ancient shamanic healing instrument, through a portable bank of automated processors to create multi-dimensional soundscapes of interpenetrating pulses and harmonics. Jacob is releasing his first CD in March, 2003. Visit his website at www.thepsychedelicjewsharp.com.


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Daniel

A Compelling Adventure
Goddess Gaia
Reviewed by Daniel
Feb. 8, 2003

Here it is in 2003 and suddenly a new and exciting album breaks upon the music scene: Greg Gordon's Goddess Gaia. Four "goddesses" contribute to a celebration of cultures. Irina Mikhailova from Russia; Elana Solari the American influence; Sami Kaneda from Japan; and Felicity Tchaco Leye from Africa. How all these goddesses came into the life of Greg Gordon remains a mystery, and it is perhaps best to leave it so. What matters is their music.

Irina, the Russian Goddess, is the greatest contributor to this album, being co-author of most of the songs, and also singing on most of the tracks. And it is a good thing. True, Greg's unique production style has its own cohesion, but I think Irina's vocals are what really hold this album together. The opening track, Samsara, features Irina's beautiful harmonies combined with Greg's compelling rhythmic groove. It is one of the best tracks on the album.

Irina also sings on Ylele, which Greg infuses with a British electro-pop undercurrent. Irina's vocal harmonies shine, and these harmonies are one of Irina's greatest strengths. The final track on the album, Malle Modre, features more of Irina's heartfelt emotion and beautiful singing, but I wanted more of the wonderful harmonies here, which made me want to dance!

Molihta is a more lightly orchestrated Irina song, but like all her songs, it engages the listener. Dragonfly is more successful than Molihta; light in spirit, but more fully developed and finely honed than Molihta. Irina is accompanied on this track by a lonely violinist, who plays off in the distance to her whispered incantations.

Dragonfly offers a sonic retreat from the energetic A-Free-Ka, featuring African Goddess Feli Tchaco. Her ululations are accompanied by an electric guitar so that the tribal rhythms are rocked out in the western style. The blend is partly successful. Greg Gordon has produced a sonic panorama, but sometimes on this album I lose the focus. The best results are achieved when Greg sticks to a single musical style, because that's what makes a song memorable.

Nowhere is this difference of styles in a single track more evident than in the enigmatic Lalli, which contrasts Japan and Egypt. When Sami Kaneda sings, and she has a very rich voice, the song is Japanese, because Sami brings it there. When instrumentalist and collaborator Reda Darwish sings, the song, along with Reda's Arabic-North African intrumentation, makes the song Egyptian. The contrasts of this song are ultimately distracting, even though the song is beautifully produced.

More successful is Sami Kaneda's New Moon Dance. Here we have travelled to Tokyo, and it is like sitting in a Japanese nightclub and listening to the Japanese equivalent of the Steve Miller Band. Sami's voice is complemented by Feli Tchaco's, but the overall feeling is Japanese. There is something very distinctive about the voice trained in the Japanese style. Greg's cool bubbling synth-arpeggiations cascade through the sonic weave. This song definitely breaks ground.

But what about the Fourth Goddess, Elana? Where is she. She sings on only one song, and speaks on another. Elana is the mysterious Goddess. She is humoring Greg, it seems, by her enigmatic presence on only two tracks.

The overall Gaia Experience is complemented by the truly engaging album artwork by Joseph Browning. I do not say that Joseph's artwork is beautiful because he is my brother. It really is quite beautiful. And yet, one doesn't quite know what to make of the album cover, which features a consternated baby. (In fact, a marketing mistake. Babies do not appeal to the twenty-somethings that are, as I see it, the principal target audience. Nor to the gay audience, who I think could be big supporters.)

But opening the trifold, we are treated to an incredible and colorful group portrait of the four goddesses. The women pose in their new-millenium retro-tribal outfits, all except for the enigmatic Elana, who wears black. Blended behind them are design elements which are, for lack of a better descriptor, soul prints. Irina is an Arctic Queen, surrounded by a nimbus of celestial energy; Elana a mysterious Goddess of Flight with her Arch of Eagle Feathers; Sami a Goddess of Fertility, with vines rendered like the borders of a Medieval illuminated manuscript, but also evoking French turn-of-the-century poster art; Felicity wears a headdress of Egyptian reeds. These Goddesses seem to rise from the misty mountains that appear behind them.

Unfolding the CD package further, we get a dark blue seascape which serves as the background for track and player information on the left, and lyrics and composer information on the right. A Moon floats in the sky and holds a secret message. And in the center of the trifold, behind the transparent CD mount, we find a sacred geometry with a second portrait of the four Goddesses, and Lo! With them is Producer Greg Gordon. One can examine and meditate on these images while listening to the entire album, and never be bored.

Samsara and Malle Modre could both be big hits, and I think Malle Modre could be a dance-house hit with a remix that adds another refrain of the beautiful harmony, and a more danceable edit. (Malle Modre: Dance Mix, coming soon?) All in all, an engaging audiovisual experience!

Boris Sakic, Canada

Wonderful fusion of world music
An exciting, well-produced musical tapestry. Most of the songs are of the type to carry and listen on your MP3 player 7/24. However, some songs (to my taste) are overly produced (e.g. "I have nothing"), which I know from "Ziba version". Overall, pleasure to listen!

Kim Sholiton

Spectacular! Magical,exotic, rich with texture and pulsing and healing rhythms.
An exotic, magical musical experience rich with texture and diversity. The music's pulsing and healing rhythms vibrate through my body and soul. Perfect for dance, movement. Spectacular, exciting CD!!!

Arielle D.

Strikingly impressive! Worthy of a world of praise!
What a soul-massaging mergence of global talent & meditative groove! Lavishly produced, intelligent & impassioned, this CD is all-at-once exquisitely absorbing & pleasurably provocative. Every second is pure aural ascendancy!