Original Artwork by Lauren O’Connor
Numbered edition of 25 ex.
Date of Release: 4 March 2019
Musicworks by Bombay Lunatic Asylum
Bombay Lunatic Asylum:
Louise Landes Levi: Sarangi, Voice
Koen Vandenhoudt: Sarangi, Shruti Box
Bart de Paepe: Indian Harmonium
Louise Landes Levi is a poet/performer-translator/traveler and a founding member of Daniel Moore’s Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company, America’s first fusion orchestra. After receiving a BA, with Honors, from UC-Berkeley, and studying at Mills College with the sarangi-master Pandit Ram Narayan, she traveled alone overland to Afghanistan in the late 1960s and to India, via Istanbul, Tabriz, Mashed, Herat, Khandahar, Kabul, Peshawar, Rawalpundi and Lahore, to research North Indian sangeet (classical music) and its poetic tradition. Several translations followed: Rene Daumal’s classic study of Indian Aesthetics, RASA (New Directions, 1982); from the Middle Hindi of Mira Bai, an archetypal singer-saint of the 16th century, Sweet On My Lips: The Love Poems of Mira Bai (Cool Grove Press, 1997, 2003 & 2016); and Henri Michaux’s Toward Totality: Selected Poems (Shivastan, 2006). She has published more than a dozen books of poetry and autobiographical prose, including most recently: Love Cantos, 1-5 (Jack In Your Box, 2011); The Book L (Cool Grove Press, 2010); Tower 2/Tara or dc-x (Il Bagatto, 2009); Banana Baby, with facing Italian translations by Alessandro Tuoni (Super Nova, 2006); and Avenue A & Ninth Street (Shivastan, 2004). Her electronic chapbooks may be found at the website Big Bridge. Her recordings include most recently: From the Ming Oracle (Sloowax, 2014), an instrumental and spoken word compilation of her works from the late sixties to the near present; City of Delirium (Sloow Tapes, 2011); Colloidal Love Poem (AudioMER.); Poetry Reading (Astres d’Or, 2018); Bombay Lunatic Asylum (Astres d’Or 2018). John Giorno writes: “Her poems sing in the mind and dance through the heart and throat, and arms & legs, w. great clarity and bliss. Louise is Saranswati, goddess of poetry.” Levi has studied with such masters as Annapurna Devi, Ali Akbar Khan & La Monte Young. When not performing, she lives in a stone tower in Bagnore, Italy, with winter quarters in New York, her birthplace, and elsewhere.
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Bart de Paepe De Paepe has released several solo albums of psychedelic soggy murkiness on Vohu Manah, Beyond Beyond Is Beyond and No Basement Is Deep Enough exploring the shifting relations between reality and perception. He plays in several bands such as Innercity (with Hans Dens), Ilta Hämärä (with Timo van Luijk), Wendingen 1918 (with Raymond Dijkstra), Bombay Lunatic Asylum (with Koen Vandenhoudt and Louise Landes Levi), Fort Bedmar (with Dave Colohan), Fuji (with Mik Quantius and Junzo Suzuki) etc.
For over 10 years, Bart De Paepe has sated the appetites of psychedelic searchers with his label Sloow Tapes. A peerless curator, De Paepe has unleashed crucial underground transmissions ranging from paint-peeling Japanese rock over bedroom poetry readings to laid-back cosmic Euro-prog in microscopic editions. Bart de Paepe
Koen Vandenhoudt Antwerp based artist Koen Vandenhoudt works solo under the Shifter or Scene Shifter moniker, was part of the extremely short lived trio Laser Quest with Ignatz and Laurent Cartuyvels (R.O.T) and co-founded Bombay Lunatic Asylum with Bart De Paepe and Louise Landes Levi in 2017. He composed music for choreographer Stijn Celis (Wölfli Doodle Diary 1998, Paradise Practice 2003, Stations, 2004), worked on recordings (live and studio) and productions with artists like Mette Rasmussen, Dennis Tyfus, Chie Mukai, Masayoshi Urabe, Chris Corsano, Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Dave Rempis, Peter Brötzmann, Fred Van Hove, jamie branch, Archie Shepp, Margarida Garcia, Pak Yan Lau, Manuel Mota, Marcia Bassett, Samara Lubelski, Bill Nace … Together with partner Christel Kumpen he runs the not for profit organisation Sound in Motion, the Dropa Disc record label, the Oorstof concert series, the Visitations residency project and the yearly Summer Bummer festival for adventurous music.
Drop a Disc
Lauren O’Connor (Information Follows)
Dream Girl (Poster insert), Artwork by Lauren O’Connor
Poetry by Louise Landes Levi
Produced by Raymond Dijkstra
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Artwork Description: Original Artwork. Indian Ink and stamped Forms in red Ink on transparent Ricepaper by Lauren O’Connor