instrumental blend of acoustic jazz and electronic music from
Bon Lozaga .
With Percy Jones ,
Gerald Veasley , Bobby Thomas Jr. ,
Caryn Lin and Pierre Moerlen .
"...fully realized moodscapes." - JazzTimes
4 stars! - Guitar Shop
The latest dabblings from Bon Lozaga in his
mood meister mode.
Surprises include the sublime vocals of Happy
With Chris Farr (sax), Percy
Jones (bass), and Caryn Lin (violin).
the most absorbing album in this month´s crop, Project Lo's Black
Canvas mixes world beat textures and ambient sound akin
to art house rockers Brian Eno and Laurie Anderson into a darkly
mysterious musical environment. Bon
Lozaga adds new dimension to his post modern chamber
ensemble with vocalist Happy
Rhodes , another avant garde favorite. Her deeply
haunting read of Peter Gabriel´s "Mercy Street" holds an even
greater feel of mystery and loss than the original. The many layers
of Lozaga´s Black Canvas demand full attention, and
repeated listenings to take in the whole." - Hilarie Grey
Jazz Times January 1998
Canvas is Project Lo's second release
on LoLo Records. Lozaga's elegant acoustic guitar work, combined
with ambient textures, flows willingly to form an amorous collection
of imperturbable material. Project Lo reveals the collective talents
of keyboardist J. Hatch , Brand X bassist Percy
Jones , violinist Caryn Lin and the
mysterious and captivating cult vocalist Happy
Rhodes . "Project Lo began as an outlet for my acoustic
guitar," says Lozaga, "I wanted to create an open and less structured
project with a more ambient sound incorporating loops and synth."
Project Lo is a marriage of atmospheric and avant garde.
the haunting debut release Dabblings in Darkness , Lozaga
created a hermetic sound that included performances by bassist
Gerald Veasley , Gong´s Pierre Moerlen
/ BON drummer Vic
Canvas highlights the deep, rich voice of Happy
Rhodes , with a hypnotic performance of Peter Gabriel´s,
"Mercy Street", and her ritualistic vocalese on Lozaga´s "Perfection".
"I have an affinity for Happy´s dark and twisted approach to pop
music", says Lozaga. "I've always loved her style and knew she
would be perfect for the material." She was also instrumental
in arranging the vocals on both of those tracks. The fretless
bass of Percy Jones
is unmistakable on Your Mind , Tolerance , Acceptance
, Transformation and Black Canvas Part II
while the whole theme of Black Canvas seems to center
around Lozaga´s imaginative guitar lines and the lush sound of
violinist Caryn Lin . "I wanted a violinist on
the project and I had read an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer
about Caryn, says Lozaga, Without even hearing her, I called her
to come down and play. She introduced me to a lot of new ideas
and she immediately fit right into the project".