SAN FRANCISCO, CA- In the past two years, Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead/Mickey Hart Band) has sonified the Universe, the Golden Gate Bridge, the America's Cup, and now, he is going even deeper. On his new record SUPERORGANISM, due out August 13, 2013, Hart is breaking new ground by combining music with science and the human body. "This time we journey into the micro, the hidden worlds of rhythm within us, within our bodies," says Hart. "My brain wave signals are reimagined in sound using a cap with electrodes that can read the throbs and signals of the brain. I have also sonified the sounds of stem cells, and heart rhythms for this recording." On SUPERORGANISM, Hart has once again paired up with longtime collaborator and Grateful Dead lyricist, Robert Hunter, as well as, many special guest musicians.
Each night of his upcoming SUPERORGANISM tour, Hart will perform a piece featuring the sounds of his own brain while wearing an EEG cap so the audience can visualize his brain activity in real time. To see an example of how this will work, watch Hart and neuroscientist Dr. Adam Gazzaley of UCSF at AARP in New Orleans last November here.
In celebration of Hart's 70th Birthday in September, many of the upcoming SUPERORGANISM tour dates will feature guest musicians and friends of Mickey's. Special guests the Tea Leaf Trio (Trevor Garrod, Reed Mathis, and Cochrane McMillan of Tea Leaf Green) will open the majority of the dates. Mathis will perform double duty each night playing with both the Tea Leaf Trio and the Mickey Hart Band.
Long a social activist, Hart appeared in August 1991 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging, speaking on the healing value of drumming and rhythm on afflictions associated with aging. With the help of Dr. Gazzaley, Hart, is continuing his Music Therapy research at the age of 69. "It all comes down to vibration and rhythm," Hart says of his collaboration with Dr. Gazzaley. "This is about breaking the rhythm code. Once we know what rhythm truly does, then we'll be able to control it, and use it medicinally for diagnostics, for health reasons. To be able to reconnect the synapses, the connections that are broken in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, that's where we are heading." It's just the beginning, as far as Hart is concerned. "I've been working in my field for many years and so has Adam, it's a handshake between science and art. Life is all about rhythm, and the brain is Rhythm Central." To learn more about Hart and Gazzaley's collaboration, go to RhythmandtheBrain.com.
The Mickey Hart Band consists of Grammy winning percussionist and longtime band mate Sikiru Adepoju, Tony Award winning vocalist Crystal Monee Hall, singer and multi-instrumentalist Joe Bagale, drummer Greg Schutte, guitarist Gawain Matthews, bassist Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green), and keyboardist/sound engineer Jonah Sharp.
A portion of the ticketing fees from tickets sold through Mickeyhart.net on the SUPERORGANISM tour will go to fund Hart and Dr. Gazzaley's Music Therapy research project Rhythm and the Brain.