TIMEZONE is World Beat music that emerged during the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union. Artists from Moscow and Humboldt County, California have built on ethnic diversity and bilingualism to cogenerate an exciting new music. Interwoven with rock, reggae and African rhythms. This decade-long musical journey began in the early 80's, before Gorbachev and Chernobyl. Timezone moved under the guidance of Jon Humboldt Gates, a Russian speaking guitarist and songwriter from Northern California. The first Timezone sessions were inspired by two blind Russian musicians who Gates met and played music with during several trips to the city of Kiev, in the Ukraine. In ‘90, Gates took the Timezone north to Moscow where the recordings began.
THE LOST NATIONS album evolved as studio tapes were flown back and forth across an 11 hour time difference between Moscow and Northern California. Musicians from Timezone East and Timezone West eventually co-created the Timezone sound from the far sides of the world. Nineteen artists participated in the project. The recordings were dramatically interrupted in August of 91 when tanks rolled into Moscow and thousands of people went to the barricades to protest. The Russian recordings were finally completed in December of ‘91, the same week the Soviet Union was dissolved. The American sessions were finished in ’92, and mixed at Russian Hill Recording Studios in San Francisco.... In 93, backed by the Performing Arts Center at Humboldt State University, Gates raised money through the Soros Foundation to fly seven of the Russian musicians to California where they rehearsed with their American counterparts for one month. Following those first face to face sessions, 18 artists played an historic, three night concert series at HSU's Van Duzer Theater that was captured on video. The live concerts included several new Timezone songs that were co-written, but never recorded in studios.
This release is the result of Bill Laswell's mix translation and re-imaging of the original recordings (2014). Continuing his full-length-album-remix concepts, others have included Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Carlos Santana and on and on….
Future Past - Past Future.
released May 19, 2015
Recorded 1991-1992 at MDM Recording, Moscow, Russia, Mamonov Recording, Moscow, Russia and Humboldt Records, Trinidad California
Engineer at MDM: Konstantine Baranov
Engineer at Mamonov: Peter Mamonov
Engineer at Humboldt: Robby Jarvis
Mixed in 2014 at Orange Music, West Orange, New Jersey
Reconstruction and mix Translation by Bill Laswell
Mix engineers: Robert Musso and James Dellatacoma
Original project produced by John Humboldt Gates
M.O.D. Technologies: Yoko Yamabe
M.O.D. Support: Dave Brunelle
John Humboldt Gates: guitars, thunder drum, voices
TIMEZONE EAST - Konstantine Baranov: guitar, percussion, keyboards; Pavel Hotin: keyboards; Sergei Starostin: lead vocals, panpipes, ruzhoak; Inna Zhelaniya: backing vocals; Iger Zhavade-Zade: drums, percussion; Sergei Kalachev: bass, percussion, vocals Vladimir Missarzhevzki: congas, percussion, vocals; Peter Mamonov: vocals; Dmitri Kanonenko: guitar, percussion, vocals, Volodya Kruglov: guitar
TIMEZONE WEST - Joyce Hough: lead vocals, backing vocals, guitar; Robby Jarvis: keyboards, drums; Steve Berman: balalaika, folk percussion; Brooks Otis: pedal steel guitar; Gary Davidson: bass; Francis Vanek: saxophone; Paul Demark: percussion: Richter Replogle: keyboards
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