IKIRU or The Wanderer
300 copies on 140g white vinyl, housed in a 100% sustainable card sleeve. An additional 20 test pressing copies on black vinyl, housed in hand-crafted sleeves with alternative artwork, will be available exclusively on this website. Both editions come with a free download code.
A – Butterfly Graveyard (14:04)
B – Butterfly Brain (16:53)
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.
The Animal: Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
Louise Landes Levi dedicates her album to the Monarch butterfly, which is not yet listed as an endangered species on the IUCN redlist. However, endangered status has been requested by the US Center for Biological Diversity, as its population has declined by over 80% over the past 20 years.
All profits will be donated to the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund initiated by the US National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.