Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn, Ginger Brooks Takahashi & Friends
Songs from the Black Mountain Music Project (KLP150)
Both avid adventurists and music-makers, Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn and Ginger Brooks Takahashi, a scant three months into their friendship, proposed this idyllic project to each other; to surround themselves with instruments and recording equipment for one month in a town where neither lived. No distractions. Securing the use of a friend's grandmother's empty home in the cradle of the Blue Ridge Mountains, they awaited September.
More of an experience documented than a traditional album, Songs from the Black Mountain Music Project is a tribute to the lush of late summer, the ardor of autumn and the persistence of the garden across the street. Visits were paid by invited friends, seven in all, who each appear on the album, some performing their own songs, some accompanying on songs written during the month. The project was recorded in September 2002 in Black Mountain, North Carolina on a Tascam cassette 4-track and a mini-disc recorder.
As a way to perpetuate the feeling of the project, two organizations were chosen as beneficiaries of the proceeds from the album; the Rock 'n' Roll camp for Girls in Portland, Oregon (www.girlsrockcamp.org) and The Pentridge Children’s Garden in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Ginger Brooks Takahashi, graphic designer and silk screener extraordinaire, once provided half the punch of the disbanded duo 'Boys of Now' and is a founding member of project Mobilivre-Bookmobile project (www.mobilivre.org). Ginger lives and works in New York City.
Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn has spent the better part of the past four years commanding her own ship of songs, many of which appear on her solo albums, also released by K. Mirah lives and works in Portland, Oregon.