A melange of West African/American percussion a la Taylor, spoken word, and natural sound effects, Silence conquers the divide between tradition and innovation. Guest artists include West African master drummer Madou Dembele, poet Gabriel Schaeffer, drummer Amon, and musicians Christian Pawola and Elizabeth Nuti.
Extreme African drum rhythms on djembe and dounun meet demanding poetic vocals while various audio characters drop in, taking you on a journey into the in-between world, the silent din, where you never hear the same sound twice…
Here’s what some people are saying about Silence…
“This CD proves that Taylor is one of this century’s Ancient Futurists. Some of the pieces are emotional soundscapes; some solid grooves. I loved it!”
— Arthur Hull, Rhythmical Evangelist; Master Drum Circle Facilitator, Santa Cruz, CA
“Well, he’s done it again. Taylor’s holy second cd is already finished before I can even start my first. What’s good is that this man DOES HIS THING. As I listen to the cd, I recognize that this music is Taylor. The music is inspired by drumming from West Africa, but is NOT an imitation. The compositions are his own. Reminiscent of many artists (Frank Zappa comes to mind), the holy goat subtly brings back the same sound effects throughout several tracks. It is nice to hear musicians have their own vibe, their own style, a trademark. This cd is well recorded, and they definitely had a ball in the studio with the hundreds of different instruments, and recording effects. The gong starts the whole journey into Michael Taylor’s creative, yet twisted m
ind. In addition, goat man has some special guests, one of them Madou Dembele from Mali. Although it sounds like a traditional composition from Mr. Dembele’s village, it is an improvised jam which really enforces that music is a universal language. A fantastic session!! Please be aware: Taylor’s new cd is mood music. You have to be ready for it, not it ready for you. It is not background music, and if you listen closely, you’ll notice more is going on than you think. Enjoy!”
— Michael Markus, NYC