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by Iokokanoa

FIRE is Iokokanoa's debut EP, featuring 6 original songs. FIRE is a bold introduction to her musical style with its intricate choral vocal harmonies, orchestral synth arrangements, grounding bass-lines, and moving beats.
Genre: Electronic: Down Tempo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Body
3:28 $0.99
2. Fire
4:55 $0.99
3. Icarus
5:24 $0.99
4. King
6:58 $0.99
5. Deja Vu
4:58 $0.99
6. Mountain
5:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Sensual, spiritual and subliminal with positivity," FIRE is Iokokanoa's debut EP, featuring 6 original songs.
Written and recorded in 2019 in Berlin, Germany, FIRE is a bold introduction to her musical style with its intricate choral vocal harmonies, orchestral synth arrangements, grounding bass-lines, and moving beats. The songs 'Icarus' with its folky feel and 'Fire' with its downtempo vibe pay homage to the classic song, while 'King' and 'Mountain' venture into the space of art-experimental ambient song-scapes. 'Body' and 'Deja Vu' round the EP out with their sensual jazzy grooves, reminiscent of 90s R&B.

Written | Arranged | Performed | Produced by IOKOKANOA
Live Drums | 'Body' and 'Icarus' by Martin Bach, recorded by Simon Steger
Recorded | Mixed | Mastered in Berlin, Germany at Fuseroom by Alberto Rizzo Schettino
Cover Art by IOKOKANOA, Photo (c) Urban Ruths


Across the vast seas of classical music, through the lush forests of folk and pop, and up the enduring mountain of downtempo ambient electronica, you will find IOKOKANOA. Her music is characterized by its rich, vibrant vocal harmonies, orchestral instrumental-synth arrangements, deep bass-lines, and beautiful words.

IOKOKANOA’s journey started over 20 years ago as an opera singer, and though she experienced and performed some of the greatest vocal operatic and song masterpieces of all time, there was a deep sensation, a constant drumming within telling her to walk a different path. In 2010 she came upon the first fork in the road and began her departure from an opera-focused career. She started writing her own music and committed to making her way up the mountain of her soul.

After 10 years of exploring and expressing, including a move from the United States to Berlin, Germany, she arrived in the divine chamber of her truest soul expression - and this is what you are hearing now - IOKOKANOA.

It goes without saying that love and gratitude are core “non-musical” elements to IOKOKANOA’s expression. She utilizes her deep connection to inner and outer worlds to feel the space from which the music comes, and uses this feeling of vastness to guide her in composing.

IOKOKANOA studied classical voice at San Jose State University (Bachelor of Music) and the prestigious University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Masters of Music).

“I feel extremely lucky to have my foundation in classical music. My training and experience allowed me to refine the voice as an instrument which today enables me to express myself freely, with transparency and nuance. The classical training also provided me with a deep intuitive understanding of how music functions, how it is created, and what it, in its clearest form, can communicate to the listener. From that starting point I was able to branch out and find my own creative voice, which ended up pulling me away from opera and towards my own compositions. When I'm writing, I know the music is in its individual perfection when I feel simultaneously lost and at home. When the acoustic world created transports me to other places I was not expecting, yet I feel at peace, I know it’s right. I have a deep understanding that this music has a life, a Gestalt, of its own. It is its own being and once created, will live a life of its own, beyond me. I bow to that and am thankful to be able to create something that I find so beautiful.”



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