Dayan Kai | The First 12 Years

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The First 12 Years

by Dayan Kai

Powerful Vocals & Original Songs by Multi-Instrumentalist "Treasure" Dayan Kai. A journey thru Jazz, Folk, Americana, Country & Blues as it filters into Kai's prolific songwriting, creating a genuine mix that evokes emotion and crosses cultures.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Flat Minor Thang
6:10 $0.99
2. Deference
4:09 $0.99
3. Look Out The Window
4:27 $0.99
4. Could've Gone Fishin'
4:02 $0.99
5. Sea Cliff Waltz
4:46 $0.99
6. It's Been a Good Life
4:49 $0.99
7. Halli-Burton for President
3:16 $0.99
8. For Paulina
2:50 $0.99
9. Free To Go
3:29 $0.99
10. Life's Song
3:47 $0.99
11. The News (live at KPIG)
3:37 $0.99
12. The Song
4:21 $0.99
13. Steeple In The Town
4:06 $0.99
14. Alone
4:16 $0.99
15. What is Real
4:20 $0.99
16. There It Is
4:18 $0.99
17. I'd Rather Be Dead Than Be Tamed
3:59 $0.99
18. The War Waltz
6:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
Dayan Kai, an artist whose musical abilities and stylistic variety know few bounds. Beginning with Classical Piano Lessons at age two, Dayan has since mastered various styles and instruments. His diverse studies have included training with renowned World Music Composer Lou Harrison, Latin Percussionist Michael Strunk, Jazz Trumpeter/Arranger Ray Brown and Mandolin Master David Grisman. Dayan has engineered and produced three solo albums, "Songs of Sunday," "Dayan Kai" and "The First 12 Years," as well as two albums with his former band Water, "Scrape the Sun" and "Look Out the Window." All the recordings feature Dayan's powerful voice, prolific songwriting and many different instruments, from keys to strings and winds to skins. Kai is also a stunning accompanist, working with numerous acclaimed Artists including....
Award Winning Songwriter Keith Greeninger

Internationally recognized Singer-Songwriter Chuck Brodsky

Santa Cruz blues legend Sista Monica

Martin Simpson & Jessica Radcliff and their Band of Angels

Spanish born Nuevo Cancion artist Juan L. Sanchez

Steel Drum Dance & Masquerade Ensemble Bakra Bata

Nationally Acclaimed Folk & Children's Artist Nancy Cassidy

Multi-Instrumentalist Joe Craven

Also, Harmony Grits, Mike Marshall, Megan Mcloughlin, Melissa Crabtree, Alice Di Micele, Nikki Leahman, Michael McNevin, Sherry Austin, Anne Weis and Alisa Fineman.

Dayan has played at many notable Festivals such as:


The Oregon Country Fair

The High Sierra Festival

The Gathering at Island Lake (Canada)

The Kerville Folk Festival

The Kate Wolf Festival

Sisters Folk Festival

The Sand Point Festival

Bumbershoot Festival

Robert Earl Keen's Texas Uprising and Swine Soiree

Millpond Festival

Hog Farm



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Scott Douglas Laxier

a hidden jewel, a multi-faceted collection of tunes
Livin' Like a Rat Again is just the tonic I needed to get me through a hectic week. A hidden jewel, Kai's multi-faceted works touch on every human emotion, every nuance that can be expressed. The superior musicianship is only outdone by the humanity and raw energy expressed in the songs...