Pamela Mortensen | Ta-Ka Ta-Ka

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Ta-Ka Ta-Ka

by Pamela Mortensen

A colorful album of six songs that will change your mind about what didgeridoo can do.
Genre: World: Australian
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Broken White Line
4:26 album only
2. Hawthorne St.
5:13 album only
3. Five 8
4:26 album only
4. Red Roots
7:47 album only
5. Lyrica Melodica
7:52 album only
6. Shaman's Circle
5:38 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
An album of six brand new pieces by Pamela Mortensen that will change your mind about what didgeridoo can do. Mortensen mixes elements of voice, snappy rhythms, dynamics, urban beats and inspired composition for these six pieces. Solo didgeridoo playing is not an easy task but Mortensen takes the instrument as an organic synthesizer and adds songwriter sensibilities to make music that is easy to listen to and unexpectedly interesting. Ta-ka Ta-ka draws inspiration from tales of the traveling musician, storytelling, shamanic journeys, Middle Eastern bellydancing rhythms and urban beats and mixes it all together for a delightful journey through the sounds of the worlds oldest wind instrument.

About Pamela Mortensen

Deep, spirited, imaginative and brilliant are a few words that some have used to describe Pamela Mortensen's music. Whatever you make of her, there is no mistake about her devotion to an instrument that came to her seemingly out of left field. Armed with four didgeridoos, a battery of hand percussion, a stomp box and a powerful voice, Mortensen weaves a colorful blanket of sound that can be lyrical one minute and primal the next. She draws inspiration from her Nevada desert roots, semi-nomadic life and never ending wonder of all that is to tell tales of the traveler, the shaman, the magician, the jester and the ordinary made extraordinary. She takes these stories to stage and street, recordings and collaborations telling it like it is through these long hollow tubes. The instruments she plays are tall and powerful often reaching deep into the audience's heart and soul and filling them with resonance.

Didgeridoo isn't Mortensen's only tool of music, however. She is also an accomplished keyboard player, composer and producer writing works for an extraordinarily wide range of genres and groups from solo piano and organ to full on pieces for orchestra and choir. This kind of dedication has garnered a number of awards for Mortensen including two Seattle Artist Awards from the Seattle Arts Commission and ASCAP's New Artist Award in 2004. In addition to being a solo artist she has also collaborated with many other artists including Egyptian tabla virtuoso George Sedak, visual poet, VJ Tasara, ambient trance band Citta Flow, tribal dance electronic musician DJ French Connection and the gifted drum sister Alexandra Be. Her music has also been featured in the fantasy film the "Other World" directed and produced by Gisela Pereira.

"I love taking taking didgeridoo to places and people who have never heard it in this way before" she states. "I love showing that it's capable of more than just being a drone instrument. You can compose with it, use it as an organic synthesizer and mix it with other instruments to make beautiful music that can reach deep into people and touch them."

Mortensen continues her journey with the didgeridoo, exploring the dynamics and expressive capabilities of this ancient instrument. In doing so, she doesn't forget where this instrument comes from. She expresses her gratitude to the Aboriginal communities in her own words:

"I am deeply grateful to the First Peoples of Australia and more specifically, the Yolgnu tribe of Northeast Arnhemland for their willingness to share this instrument as a means of bridging an understanding of their culture, their strengths, their struggles and ultimately their resilience. If wasn't for their willingness to share this instrument, I wouldn't be doing the work I'm doing. Our Aboriginal brothers and sisters have endured and continue to endure so much hardship and struggle. Their struggle is a microcosm of a struggle worldwide with issues of injustice, oppression and persecution. It is my vision that by sharing this instrument in the way I do, I can, at least, help pave the way to a deeper understanding of each other."



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