Mickey Hart Band to perform in Charlottesville
Hart is donating 100 percent of the ticketing fees from tickets sold on MickeyHart.net to Music Therapy research. The show will feature brand new material as well as selections of Hart’s greatest hits and Grateful Dead songs.
Hart’s new album entitled Mysterium Tremendum, his first in five years and follow up to the 2007 Grammy award winning Global Drum Project, was released on April 10th, 2012.
With Mysterium Tremendum, Hart is pushing the boundaries of what we know as music, creating a genre of his own. “I have always thought of life, the world at large, as music,” says Hart. “This work is a representation of that notion. I have combined sonic images of the formation of our universe with sounds drawn from musical instruments. It’s all about the vibrations that make up the infinite universe.
“In this case, they began as light waves and these light waves are still washing over us. Scientists at Penn State, Lawrence Berkeley Labs, and Meyer Sound have transformed these light waves into sound waves. These musical excursions transport me to wonderful and strange new places filled with rhythms for a new day. The combination of music from the whole earth and the sounds of the planets, the stars, the events that formed our universe is intoxicating and points toward an awareness of what music is, could be, and where it comes from. ”
For this new work Hart joined with long time Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. “Hunter is a bold visionary writer who knows where I am going with this music,” says Hart. ” He is indispensable to the weave of this story. The way he writes, the imagery and mythology, are perfect for this project. Nobody writes like Robert Hunter.”
On Mysterium Tremendum, the Mickey Hart Band consists of Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools, Grammy winning percussionist and longtime band mate Sikiru Adepoju, Tony Award winning vocalist Crystal Monee Hall, singer and multi-instrumentalist Joe Bagale, drummer Ian “Inx” Herman, guitarist Gawain Matthews, and keyboardist / producer, Ben Yonas. JamBands.com gave the band’s recent tour stop in NYC rave reviews stating that “Mickey Hart is nothing short of a musical genius and it shines through in everything he does. Whether he’s working with George Lucas, NASA, or throwing together a unique group of musicians for a band, its apparent that Mickey isn’t satisfied doing the same old thing…”.
Mysterium Tremendum is out now on Hart’s own 360° Productions. The album, recorded at Hart’s Studio X in Sonoma County, CA, was co-produced by Hart and Ben Yonas. Special guests Steve Kimock, Reed Mathis appear on select tracks as well as long time collaborators, Zakir Hussain, and Giovanni Hidalgo.
In 2011, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings released “The Mickey Hart Collection” which includes 25 albums drawn from “The World,” a series that incorporates Hart’s solo projects, field recordings and titles he produced of artists’ such as Babatunde Olatunji, Hamza El Din and the Gyuto Monks Tantric Choir.
The Mickey Hart Band is currently offering a free download of their new single “Slow Joe Rain” on his site at MickeyHart.net/download.