We are thrilled to announce that Bön-mystics Phurpa will release their next ritual on vinyl via our new Oaken Palace Black Series! Their album will be dedicated to the Amur leopard, the most endangered big cat on this planet, with only 70 individuals remaining in the wild. All profits will be donated to the Amur Leopard & Tiger Alliance (ALTA).
By now, Phurpa no longer need a lengthy introduction. After the release of their first double-LP “Trowo Phurnag Ceremony” on O’Malley’s label Ideologic Organ, the Russian artists have recorded several of their rituals of ancient Tibet, supported Sunn O))) on tour, and played several obscure festivals.
Phurpa will record their Oaken Palace debut this weekend, and we expect to get it submitted to the pressing plant fairly soon. Stay tuned for updates and previews!
We are delighted to announce the first new release in 2017, which will take us back to the roots of Drone music. We welcome Louise Landes Levi to the Oaken Palace Records family and invite you to join her in the exploration of traditional Indian raga!
Louise is a founding member of Daniel Moore’s Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company, the first fusion orchestra in the USA – fellow players included Terry Riley & Angus Macleise. Louise then trained with the Indian masters Pandit Ram Narayan and Ustad Abdul Majid Khan on sarangi, and with Ali Akbar Khan and his sister, Annapurna Devi. She also studied with La Monte Young in NYC, where she monitored the Dream House, Young’s & Zazeela’s musical installation. Despite this vast musical experience, she has released very few solo recordings, so we feel especially honoured that she has agreed to contribute to our project.
We will release this new material as a limited LP (300 copies on white vinyl) that will follow her only and now sold-out LP “From The Ming Oracle”. More info on the album and the cause she will be supporting will follow soon. In the meantime, you can listen to an excerpt from her last album here:
And here you can find her two previous tape releases “Kinnari” and “Padma”:
A few weeks ago we were approached by Seb from My Claim Solved, who offered us an annual contribution to running Oaken Palace Records as part of their corporate social responsibility scheme.
Looking at the impressive list of other environmental and charitable organisations that are being supported by My Claim Solved, including Bristol Zoo Gardens, Edinburgh Zoo, Paignton Zoo SOS Club, and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, we gladly accepted this offer and are welcoming Seb and all other employees of My Claim Solved as new members of the Oaken Palace family!