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"The Hidden Folk" is a musical collection of 19 gems of true 'underground' music, a hidden folk music for harp and drone in a 'miner' key.
Amazing , so playful yet serious , so fun, capricious, yet mischievous and nefarious at the same time! lovely!
"The drone aspect brings out the ancient calling of this beautiful instrument .. and [Robin is] now meshing all [his] musical history into one looping stream... soul music." --Jim Fouratt, cultural critic; Stonewall activist.
"...moments of minimal and artful gestures...genuine resonance with mystic love sound...very gentle yet moving."--Thurston Moore/Sonic Youth
"...very cool!"--Byron Coley, writer/contributor to The Wire
"...completely fresh. Using a minor scale tuned in perfect intervals, the music is sensuous and exotic, a gorgeous sound."--Rhys Chatham/Guitar Orchestra Composer
"...like the Egyptian blue lotus. Chopping vegetables is more like dreaming about chopping vegetables."
Random responses from various listeners:
wow...really nice..super unique...very cool!!...We dig....Soothing!...absolutely Gorgeous !!!! This is wonderful!...Lovely, absolutely lovely!...Peaceful...the perfect music....beautiful... and funny too...This is very exciting...Mesmerizing...very sweet and beautiful music...very nice!
Performance artist Robin Crutchfield moved to New York in the 1970s to participate in the growing performance art scene, with some critical success evidenced by reviews in the Soho Weekly News and appearances in File magazine.
Crossing over into music, co-founding the experimental no wave art band, DNA, and recording tracks for Brian Eno's historic "No New York" album, Robin then departed to pursue his own ideas with his next project Dark Day. Making the most of a revolving door of musical guests over the years, including Nina Canal, Nancy Arlen, Steven Brown, Phil Kline, Jim Jarmusch and others, he explored an array of styles from cold wave to proto-electronic and medieval pagan, before settling into the art of electronica and the solo computer overdub.
In addition to art and music, Robin has pursued film and writing and has shown his work in a variety of venues crossing genres: concerts at CBGB's, Max's Kansas City. Tier3, Artist's Space, The Kitchen, 8BC and The Pyramid Lounge as well as tours of the midwest, and Europe for the Belgian radio; artwork at 112 Greene St., Charlotte Moorman's Avant Garde Festival, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and MoMA; readings at Club 57 and Joseph Papp's Public Theater. He has written comedy for Steve Allen; penned and published a number of short novelettes and stories as well as a 'zine in the 90s called Quirky; and made short films with Lydia Lunch, Steven Brown, Diego Cortez, Eric Mitchell, Kathy Acker and Adele Bertei, and acted in Amos Poe's film "The Foreigner", as well as Cable TV's "Paul Tschinkel's Inner Tube". His music was used in Erroll Morris' Bravo TV series 'First Person'.
In 2000, trading wires and transistors and for wood and strings, he went green, taking up ancient instruments: harps, drums, lyres and psalteries, exploring and providing acoustic glissando and drone soundscapes for the daydreamers of the world, including a 2007 release "ForOurFriendsinTheEnchantedOtherworld" on the Hand/Eye label and this new album "The Hidden Folk" on Nov. 10th, 2009 on Important Records. The version of the album released here on Nigh Eve Recordings includes a bonus track not available on the Important Records release available elsewhere.