ZENSHIP is poetics, trance and jazz. An improvised love affair, an ancient spacecraft, high poems, jazz hypnosis, a funk meditation. ZENSHIP is a Tanya Evanson project based in Tiotià:ke/Montreal, Canada inspired by The Ten Bull progression of short poems and pictures used in Zen Buddhism to illustrate stages of enlightenment. We are in the continuum of griots, mystics, monks, musicians, sufis, singers and healers. We are the star nation and we have the original instructions.
TANYA EVANSON (text, vocals), NINA SEGALOWITZ (Inuit throat singing), CAULDER NASH (keys, programming), MARK HAYNES (electric bass) and ZIYA TABASSIAN (Persian percussion).
Tanya Evanson’s fourth album, released this month, is the wonderfully experimental and deeply spiritual ZENSHIP. An album of poetics, trance and jazz, ZENSHIP is inspired by the Ten Bulls progression of short poems and images used in Zen Buddhism to illustrate the stages of a practitioners progression towards enlightenment. The calf or the bull or ox, is a metaphor essentially for meditation practice. The verses, by Kuòān Shīyuǎn, were also inspirations for John Cage. - DJ LAPKAT 10/11/2016