Welcome to our waka
Polynesian boat builders are some of the most advanced engineers the human race has produced….master craftsmen who use unique plants with specific characteristics for each part of the ocean-going vessels they build—tall, strong vesi trees (Intsia bijuga) for masts; Pandanus leaves woven by women into sails, hibiscus fiber with impressive sheer strength for rigging ropes; Macaranga graeffeana wood for buoyancy. These major artists of long-distance sea-faring built everything from the plants of their island homes...Tangier 57 aspires to be like that, except with jetpacks, spaceships and various other deus ex machina powered by music.
…nearly a decade ago seven men stood together on the shores of an inland sea wondering where they were bound. It takes a big canoe to carry all those lives and a Kimball organ. Some journeys are Journeys. They set out together, shoulders heaving, faces set to the open water and rising sun.
Tangier 57 has always been a vibe, a tribe and a conveyance of fellowship. “It is people!” is the culmination of years worth of that fellowship. During the arc of that time we have travelled from our lounge roots to the fringes of classical, rock, jazz and noise. Landing where ever we feel best. Saying our musical piece with what ever tonal vernacular suits us, and the story, best. In “It is People!” themes of journey, dualism, sustainability, rationalism, irrationalism and digital deconstruction weave us across and in/out of a mysterious Tiki infused seascape. We’re comfortable with the dérive. Drifting is all about the how of getting somewhere. We’re lucky/honored/blessed with families/friends/cohorts who encourage/berate/tolerate our enterprise. We’re graced with the wonder of our home place. Wherever our eyes find our feet, the great Gitchi Gummi is in our heart and thought. Its vast expanse calls, guides and reminds us of our purpose.
released June 23, 2011
It is People!
Coyright 2011, Pimento Records
Conceived, written, arraigned, performed and recorded by Tangier 57
except “Good Time Roll” By Rick Ocasek
Produced by Darin Bergsven and Tangier 57
Mastered by Eric Swanson at Sacred Heart Studios
Tangier 57 is:
Doug Hatten as Rain Clave
Rob Linnemann as Salah Ascot Xanadu
Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Brian Barber as Geert “sticks” VanderWhacker
Drums, Guitar, Vocals
Chris Bacigalupo as The Major
Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Paul Wartman as Dr. Pene Munde
David Syring as The Professor N’ Marion
Trumpet, Cornet, Mbira
Darin Bergsven as Thurston
Guitar, Vocals, Trombone, Percussion
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