Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Rhythm of Air and Moisture: Mickey Hart and "Sky Water"

Mickey Hart brings us today's random tune, Sky Water. Mickey Hart is an American percussionist who was one of two drummers for the Grateful Dead, and who has been very influential on the global music stage as an archivist, recording global musical traditions on the edge of extinction. Hart recorded an album called Planet Drum in 1991 on which Hussain was a featured performer. In 2007, both drummers along with Nigerian percussionist Sikiru Adepoju and Puerto Rican percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo released Global Drum Project to great acclaim and backed it up with a successful world tour. You can find Sky Water on Hart's 1990 album At the Edge. At the Edge was the first album recorded by Hart with the ensemble that would become Planet Drum. Hart is accompanied on the song by longtime collaborator Zakir Hussain.