GEA

by Mia Doi Todd

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Kokoro 04:53
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Wolf Reprise 03:16
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In the End 05:24
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In 2008, Mia released GEA on her own label, City Zen Records. The vinyl is being issued by Org Music in August 2020. Produced by Carlos Niño and featuring lush string and wind arrangements by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Suite for Ma Dukes, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington), the album marks a great shift in Mia’s work from her folk-rock beginnings towards jazz and world music. The percussionist Andres Renteria entered Mia’s pantheon with GEA and would become a mainstay of her musical collaborators for the next decade. Josh Abrams plays upright and electric bass.

The album opens with the raga-like, ten-minute epic, “River of Life / The Yes Song,” in which Mia’s voice soars over the pulse of nylon guitar and congas amidst the drone of the harmonium. In concert, Mia would sing and play guitar while pumping the harmonium with one foot, on the verge of her physical limits.

Todd's lyrics on songs like the heartbroken "In the End” and “Kokoro” are plain-spoken and unpretentious, lending the songs an immediacy and a sense of personal connection that relates back to confessional singer/songwriter classics like Joni Mitchell's string of early-'70s albums.

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released March 4, 2008

2008, City Zen Records

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Mia Doi Todd Los Angeles, California

Mia Doi Todd is a prolific singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, known for her unique voice and emotional songwriting.  Her album, “Cosmic Ocean Ship,” was chosen by the New York Times as one of the top ten records of 2011.  Her new album, due out in early 2021, focuses on motherhood and the life of the artist.  Mia helped to start the music venue Zebulon in the LA neighborhood where she grew up. ... more

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