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by Kowa

Outstanding female voice and excellent guitarwork. It goes from modern rock to world music.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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1. New York
4:14 $0.79
2. The Eyes of a Child
5:21 $0.79
3. Slave of Emotions
5:44 $0.79
4. Late Night Shuffle
5:22 $0.79
5. Private Moments
5:32 $0.79
6. Evening
5:37 $0.79
7. I can feel the Heat
4:51 $0.79
8. Walking on Stiletto
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9. Indian Rave
5:43 $0.79
10. Gemini’s Eyes
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Album Notes
Hallo, we are JENNIFER and WIN KOWA living rock and pop music since we are out of our pampers. So if you are in the mood to get involved into some good guitar and vocal arrangements, feel free to join us with your emotions. It is always a problem to describe music, so it also is for us, `cause there are so many styles in our music like rock , pop, blues, instrumental rock , etc. So you have to find out what fits best to your emotions. If you found out please let us know -statements are always welcome-. Anyway all the music we recorded is done with a lot of soul so just let yourself go and listen to what we did for you!!!

JENNIFER started gigging at the age of 13. She was founder and singer of the Prog Rock-Band Octopus.
1976 Octopus released their first album “The Boat of Thoughts”, 1978 a second album “The Ocean of Rock” followed. WIN joined Octopus in 1978. Octopus was an important part and a driving force in the „Rock against Racism Movement“ in Germany. Highlight was the “Rock gegen Rechts” Open-Air-Festival in Frankfurt with more than 60.000 people in 1979. 1979 Octopus released the album “Rubber Angel”.
At the end of 1979 JENNIFER and WIN left Octopus. Beside singing JENNIFER started to play bass. So they only needed a drummer to form the power trio THE RADIO in 1982. In the following years they played over 1000 gigs in Germany and Europe and headlined lots of Open-Air-Festivals. JENNIFER and WIN became endorser for SENNHEISER, PAISTE and ROLAND. In 1992 IC-Digit offered WIN and JENNIFER a worldwide record deal. 3 Instrumental CDs named WIN KOWA (Discovery Drive, Touchdown and Imagination) were released from 1992-1995. For the idea to involve JENNIFER\'s exceptional voice -non lingual- as an instrument, they responded a lot of appreciation. In consequence of all those positive reactions 2 CDs, now named -KOWA- (African Moments and Nippon Moments) were produced in 1996 and 1997. JENNIFER\'s voice supported by African friends and other Ethno musicians completed the brilliant combination of interesting voice design and remarkable guitar solos. Among other things KOWA was invited to join compilations with Vangelis, Mike Oldfield, Kitaro, Andy Summers and Dido. They also became part of the Café del Sol and Café del Mar series. At the same time KOWA went on producing commercials for international campaigns. They achieved awards all over the world. The Gold Comprix in London, the Golden Award of Montreux and Finalist of the Golden Globe in New York. In 2000 they produced the last CD (American Moments) for IC-Digit.
In June 2007 JENNIFER and WIN released their new CD (Gemini) on their own label ROUGE RECORDS worldwide exclusively distributed by CD Baby, Portland USA.

And there is more to come …….


Kowa es el resultado de la unión musical de Jennifer y Win Kowa, artistas con amplia trayectoria, que lanzaron en el año 2007 este álbum, Gemini, bajo su propio sello discográfico. Este hecho les permite crear un disco personal en el cual quedan evidenciadas determinadas señas de identidad.
En primer término se aprecia una evidente fusión de estilos donde la mejor baza reside en aquellos temas que beben del prog-rock, así como del rock (con ligera esencia a blues, en mi opinión), por ser aquellos que consiguen homogeneizar el conjunto del disco y le dan el toque de fuerza y emoción precisos para hacer de la escucha de Gemini una interesante experiencia, con momentos memorables y quizás con algún tema que rompe la coherencia del conjunto (como los cortes 3 y 5).
El disco abre sus puertas con New York, quizás el tema más elaborado, por la gratificante unión de sensaciones: la recreación del ambiente urbano (representado por elementos del trip hop), la diversidad (presencia sutil de lo étnico), la sofisticación e intensidad (con la aparición de los teclados justo antes del fraseo final con la guitarra, a partir de los 3 minutos). Buena utilización armónica y brillante progresión melódica en un tema sobresaliente.
Late Night Shuffle es el particular Great Gig in the Sky de Kowa, o eso puede parecer tras una primera escucha. No obstante el insigne precedente se manifiesta con carácter propio y significativo. A partir de un ritmo marcado, sencillo y pegadizo, emerge la muy adecuada voz de Jennifer, acompañada por un leitmotiv pegadizo. Como buen guitarrista, Win Kowa consigue crear una atmósfera adecuada para derivar hacia un excelente clímax final. Sin duda uno de mis tema favoritos, por el manejo tímbrico, la elegancia en el despliegue final de la guitarra eléctrica, y sobre todo por la intensidad melódica.
Indian Rave es otro estupendo tema intenso y potente, que hará las delicias de los más guitarreros, y que se define por una buena base electrónica y rítmica, de la cual nuevamente sobresale la guitarra, para enarbolar un vibrante desarrollo.
Sin duda un disco a tener en cuenta cuando menos por las excelencias de aquellos tres momentos álgidos y por la sensación general de un trabajo bien hecho. Será grato descubrir el próximo reto de Kowa, sin duda.

©2008 Angel González/articmist.org



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Music with soul and passion
A great album !!! Kowa remember us, that there is more in music than computer programming. You can hear and feel that here are musicans with heart and soul who still know how to play instruments and create interesting voice arrangements. Powerfull guitar solos .... goose pimples garanteed ! Just sit back and listen, you won't regret it.

Alan Ingles

I do not have the gift that most reviewers have in putting into words what a song, album or disc sounds like, but, I will tell you that this is a most incredible cd!! Extemely well produced with superb sound with excellent and different vocals and very nice guitar work. Now on to purchase their other titles :)

Xavier P. and RadioIndy

Excellent smooth pop/rock tracks. Pick up a copy today!
“Gemini” by Kowa is an impressive collection of pop/rock tunes. Nicely incorporating heavy doses of electronic elements, “Gemini” takes on a sound that is filled with smooth, unforgettable grooves. “Slave of Emotions” takes on an electronic life of its own with an addictive lead instrumental hook, soothing vocals, and smooth lyrics. Kowa’s blend of lyrical themes of life and love, social downfalls, and deep introspection appeals heavily to the soul-searcher and thinking-person. “Evening” shows some impressive guitar solos, coupled with captivating flute and sax arrangements. With solid production marked by clarity and professionalism, “Gemini” should be on everyone’s list of must-haves! If you enjoy pop, rock, electronica, and instrumentals, add this CD to your collection today!

Dennis Mallon

Cool grooves with awesome guitar work
Gemini has it all. Cool grooves and rythems, excellent
vocals and Kowa's keys and guitar add a biting edge to this
excellent example of mostly instrumental music. Highly
recommended to all true music fans.