Aries, the seventh album this year that was written by My Great Aunt Coleslaw. Her fourth lifetime was an extremely depressing one for her. Her music was being rejected by all of the academics and universities, and she began an awful habit of rubbing marinara sauce on the walls of her apartment. Her thoughts reversed to be that of a swollen raccoon and she was soon seen wandering the streets at night looking for powdered water.
This lifetime was hard on My Great Aunt Coleslaw. It would be years before the people at the time would appreciate her music magic and universal message of peace through tonality. In the end, she died poor and alone, grasping an early unreleased manuscript of a story about an elephant a cow who were lovers.
The music of ARIES, continues on the same experimental path, never pausing to give the listener a chance to breathe. Her microtonal works expand further, this time including a custom 19 tone guitar named Ralph used on Wishing Well. You Can Take It With You Wherever You Go also uses 19 notes per octave, her piano piece The Gift uses 13 notes per octave- a particularly jarring tuning.
The Book of Slaw: Songs From My Great Aunt Coleslaw is a year long project dedicated to the life of Elk Minister’s Great Aunt Coleslaw. The 26 albums will be released every two weeks in 2018, now dubbed The Year of The Elk. The release schedule follows a strict 28 day, 13 month calendar based around the 13 zodiac signs. This calendar, like all the music and lyrics on The Book of Slaw, was created by Great Aunt Coleslaw when she studied with Pythagoras of Samos.
released April 6, 2018
Elk Minister- All Vocals, Steinway Piano, Electric Bass, Upright Bass, Electric Guitar, Microtonal Organ, Keyboards, Egg Shaker, Tambourine, Synthesizer, Violin, Viola, Oscillator, Theremin, Harmonica, Melodica, Wooden Frog, Pan Flute, Koto, Dulcimer, Zither, Tape and Digital Manipulations, GeoShred App, ANS Synthesizer, The MayaBoard, 6 String Wing Bass, Glockenspiel, Bb Clarinet, Mandolin
My Great Aunt Coleslaw- Composer of all melodies, rhythms, lyrics, and harmonic considerations
Elk Minister was born in a log cabin deep in the forest of the upstate region. While being raised by his mother and his
Uncle Radcliffe, Elk Minister developed an affinity and love towards music, philosophy, and science. At age seven, Elk Minister was writing and recording his own songs on a homemade tape recorder built by his uncle. In 1999, he wrote an opera with his imaginary friend Gerald....more