CYOAKHA GRACE O'MANION
singer, songwriter, producer, dreamer
this summer is getting exciting for me, I am recording
a new soundtrack (see below, Lovecraft), touring with the "new"
SF line up of Land of the Blind, with great players (see
dates for summer schedule), recording my second cd with Azigza and just
finished my own 5 song EP of tunes worshipping water (ok, a bit abstract
but very cool) called WitchWater....have a wonderful summer yourself.
1998 & 1999 ASCAP Performers award/grant for
Young American Composers for the CD 'OUT OF CHAOS'
"I am tired of rock, the same old beats from the
Disco 80s, the kit sound, the guitar solo, I am trying to walk on a new
trail. Seems like all the trance bands use canned beats, which is sad
considering that the bay area holds some of the world's finest drummers!
Our current kit is all hand drums, sounds very cool. I love using World
instruments to create "western" music. It is weird and wonderful.
Haunting. I think lots of people are tired of rock meaning alt (which
has not changed much since Nirvana, who were great, but come on, 10 years
of bad Nirvana imatations is a long time) poser punk is getting old with
supposed punk bands created in hollywood, Folk is having a revolution,
world is still new but traditional doesn't interest me much, so to make
new western music with amazing instruments, to go tribal with drums instead
of discodance ca ca, with lyrics that say something besides oh baby, that's
my goal. You can make people dance without the same ol' thump thump thump.
You can uplift w/out being wimpy new age. You can rock without tired guitar
solos. You can. I believe so so I'm trying right now. As long as a few
folks agree, I will keep on this fresh trail."
currently working on:
1. Cy is currently writing the soundtrack to Gorilla Production's version
of H.P. Lovecraft's novel "Search for the Unknown Kadath".
"As Music Supervisor, I am having an artistic epiphany, with so
many scenes with music needed and everything being sooo otherworldly.
I think it will be another album for me by the time I am done. I am
also collaborating with Equinox of the Portland Land of the Blind and
Kungha Dregsen of Thoth here in SF on this. Both very talented in keyboard/bass
Please go to the Kadath
website for more info and samples/downloads of the wild dark
at SXSW & NY
3."BEING IN THE NIK OF TIME"-"THE CROSS" by Cyoakha
and The Blind
and "THE NIK OF TIME" theme song, by Cyoakha and Echolalia
4."TREESIT", documentary of Julia Butterfly's years in a tree,
by award-winning eco film makers HAVC- 'CHURCH OF THE HOLY TREES"
& "TRIBE", by Cyo & Blind
5."Skyunderground" indie art film, director Juan Carlos, (Spain)
"JOURNEY'S END", by Cyo & K-1
6. "NUCLEAR NIGHTMARE", by HAVC, currently filming, re: dumping
on Native Lands
ALSO FRONTING- AZIGZA,
Cy also fronts the world-fusion-symphonic-prog-rock band AZIGZA, San
Francisco, currently touring on the "Prog" circuit & recording
their 2nd cd. See Expose Magazine, three reviews. Prog List; "Best
New Album of 2000". www.lionharp.com/azigza
Member of the following; ASCAP,
TAXI, EarthFirst!, GreenPeace, PETA, Sierra Club, NRDF, Native American
Rights Fund, Friends of the Earth,
World Wildlife Fund (what a Bleeding Heart Liberal, eh?)
"Composer/Vocalist Cyoakha adds a nascent pop sensibility often
lost on many neo-tribal ensembles" Pick of the Week, SF Weekly
"Lead vocalist Cyoakha wails with the intensity
of Kate Bush...her rendition is sparse and haunting, her voice alternating
between breathy whispers and notes of startling clarity... a bizarre
but intriguing LaurieAnderson meets the Woman's Choir of Bulgaria"
"Totally original, yet often compared to female
powerhouses like Kate Bush & Tori Amos, her writings defy the simplistic
pop song format and she can belt it out with the best of them"
Wow Hall Concert Review, Eugene, Or
BLIND: ONE EYE, OUT OF CHAOS, ORDINARY MAGIC
* see disc descriptions on order page
singer, producer - available thru band, see order page or CD BABY, CD
Harmony Ridge-1-800-611-4696 www.hridge.com
BLACK ORCHID, "EPISODIC DREAMS OF FALLING"
live 90 tape only, trancey, double fem vocals, dark, gothy, dreamy...$10
cdr-order thru O'Manion
"ALTERED CHRISTMAS" cd
available, with Rhan Wilson & S.K. Thoth
wild insane minor key versions of Yule songs, gotta hear it to believe
the insanity. http://www.altared.com
wild world fusion debut, reviewed best of 2000, currently recording
ECHOLALIA," FALLING UP WALLS"
15 originals, from beautiful ballads to trip-hop soundtrack dreams,
$12 cdr, available thru cy
soon to be released, a collaboration w/my favorite composers, release
date- fall 2002
ECTO 1 AND ECTO 2
(tribute to Happy Rhodes) available thru
All CDs can be ordered thru contacting
Cy via web
O'Manion Music Co (415) 789-8139, CHAOS can be ordered through all Borders/Towers
etc... or contact Burnside Distribution, Portland, OR
but ordering thru the band means we actually get the damn money and
you get faster and friendlier service that includes shipping, Chinese
candy & my bizarre art!
"screw the system whenever possible"