DW031 Brother Ong / Deep Water Creation
Brother Ong is Mike Tamburo, and Deep Water Creation is the first recording released under his new ordination. In contrast to the Pittsburgh-based Tamburo’s past work on guitar and hammered dulcimer, here Brother Ong focuses his energy on the shahi baaja – a 22-string electrified Indian zither – as channeled through a raft of effects (distortion, looping, etc.), plus floating wordless vocals on one track. While longtime fans will certainly be able to hear continuities with Tamburo’s previous music, Deep Water Creation also manifests an even greater sense of centered self-assurance in its pulsating webs of meditative sound. Call it post-psychedelic exotic trance music, or call it avant garde new age – just don’t call it late for kundalini yoga class… Five tracks, 47 minutes.