Monday, 24 June 2013

Ira Cohen • The Majoon Traveler

Inspired by a post at E.O.M.S.


Ira Cohen, the Majoon Traveler & his DJ fellow, the ritual music explorer, bring along their aquarian friends: Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Bill Laswell, Ed Blackwell, Lights In A Fat City, Joujouka.... The groovy readings are complemented by some traditional Moroccan pieces recorded in Tangier & Marrakesh by Ira Cohen, Paul Bowles & Brion Gysin. For the first time, we can listen to Angus MacLise (he played with John Cale, La Monte Young, Terry Riley...) playing cembalum & other percussion in a rare piece recorded in 1964, a year before his collaboration with the early Velvet Underground.

1. Blind Violinist

Recorded By Ira Cohen

2. Imagine Jean Cocteau

3. Song To Nothing/Letter To Caliban/End Of A Line

Ching, Cymbal, Bells • Eddy Sayer
Didgeridoo • Stephen Kent
Naut Humon Suling, Piri, Sampler • Kenneth Newby
Lights In A Fat City
Recorded By Naut Humon

4. Kathmandu Dream Piece

Flute • Loren Standlee
Guitar • Raja Samyana
Organ • Hetty MacLise
Percussion • Angus MacLise
Recorded By Ira Cohen, Ira Landgarten Voice, Ziska Baum

5. Cembalism

Harpsichord • Angus MacLise 

6. Tangier Telegram From The Majoon Traveler/From The Moroccan Journal 1987

Recorded By Ira Cohen

7. Allah Moulana Jilala

Recorded By  Brion Gysin, Paul Bowles

8. Even The King Of The Ginza Must Sometimes Sleep/For Yamaguchi Kenjiro/Tokyo Birdhouse/For Kazuko Shiraishi

Drums • Ed Blackwel
Dousso N'gouni, Flute, Keyboards • Don Cherry
Recorded By Hans Christian Reumschüssel

9. Ornette Comes Home

Alto Saxophone • Ornette Coleman
Clarinet • Robert Palmer
The Master Musicians Of Jajouka

10. This Is Real Timing

11. Djemaa El Fna

Recorded By Ira Cohen

All Poems And Prose by Ira Cohen
Ira Cohen Recorded by Bill Laswell (4, 6, 8, 9)
Naut Humon (2, 3, 10)

Full recording info

 Produced, edited, mixed By 

DJ Cheb I Sabbah


Ira Cohen's Death


Label: Sub Rosa ‎– SR 062
Format: 320
Country: Belgium
Released: 1994
Genre: Electronic, Jazz, Non-Music
Style: Spoken Word, Field Recording, Ambient