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Back in 1983, before the days of Planet Drum and Supralingua, Mickey Hart teamed with Henry Wolff and Nancy Hennings to create Yamantaka, one of the darkest and most sinister Tibetan bowl CDs ever. Hart introduced several exotic percussion instruments on this recording. (Some of them are ancient and ethnic and others are his designs.) The CD gets its name from the Tibetan "god of the dead" and "lord of the underworld" — hence the dark overtones. This is deep and moving music. Deep listeners will venture into the clutches of Yamantaka. The sinister textures and timbres force listeners to examine the darker sides of their psyches. This is an absolutely essential album. It will appeal to fans of Karma Moffett, Life in Balance, Xumantra, and Klaus Wiese. [For the digital remastering and reissue, Wolff and Hennings added three bonus tracks with Brian Keane as a guest instead of Hart. They maintained sonic and thematic integrity so the CD flows like the original LP.]


Born: 11 September 1943 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: World

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Mickey Hart is a drummer, an ethnomusicologist, and an author. He joined the Grateful Dead as its second percussionist in 1967. In 1970, Hart left the Dead and cut the solo album Rolling Thunder in 1972, featuring various members of the Dead. Hart returned to the band in 1974. Hart's musical activities outside the Dead have been extensive. In 1976, the Dead's Round Records label released Diga by the Diga Rhythm Band, an early experiment in worldbeat fusion put together by Hart. His interaction with...
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