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.
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.