COMING 6-14-13, “The Great Hoop,” by Steve Brand
Basic tracks for “The Great Hoop” were first started back in 2010 subsequent and prior to one of my many visits to the Cahokia Mounds, near East St. Louis. At that time, I felt the need to continue themes that I had explored in my older release, "Cahokia.” This music is inspired by the Plains Indians of North America. As with Cahokia, I am not aspiring to make Native American music, but to make music that is inspired by these cultures, their history and pre-history, the spaces, colors, flora and fauna, and wide variety of landscapes of the area I live in. During the making of these songs, the writings of Black Elk, of the Oglala Sioux, also came to mind, which I thought was incredible, since I had read then more than 15 years before—his words inspired some of the titles.
I am not of Native American heritage, but since I can remember, I have had a deep and profound respect for the range of traditions and history of the various cultures that we call, “Native American.” My own family history is mixed and shaded by a lack of complete information (like most Americans), but I do know that at least part of my own family history is scattered across Kentucky, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Missouri, so for all I know, I share this ancestry.
Rattles, shakers, bells, cane, bone, bass and cedar flutes, drums, voice, zither, field recordings and keyboards were woven together to create these 5 long atmospheres.
Shane Morris contributed the coyote calls for “Hoop of the Earth” (recorded at his home in Arkansas), and Paul Casper/Frore contributed the astounding textures and percussion for “Medicine Bag Ghosts.” Jill Brand, spirit voice on “Great Plains.”
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