Fuchsia Machu Picchu

by Joachim Cooder

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Fuchsia Machu Picchu has a relaxing, easy going sound to it.
The songs are played at a gentle pace and sung (and played) beautifully.
Of course there is a Beefheart connection here, with Joachim being the son of Ry Cooder who played with Captain Beefheart for a brief period in the 60's. Ry left Captain Beefheart shortly after a stage performance where Don Van Vliet hallucinated a fish head on a woman in the audience. Don fell off the stage and landed on their manager. That was it for Ry. Favorite track: Because The Moonlight.
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Elevated Boy 04:05
Calm My Mind 04:06
Gaviota 04:20


KPCC // NPR on Fuchsia Machu Picchu:

“Songs that embrace the whole of the world while focusing on the most intimate moments of life."


released March 30, 2018

Label: Temple of Leaves

All Songs by Joachim Cooder
Except “Country Blues” by Doc Boggs
PUBLISHING: Zegema Beach Music/BMI
Produced by Joachim Cooder
Engineered & Mixed by Martin Pradler
Recorded at Wireland in Chatsworth, CA
All instruments by Joachim Cooder (except)
Design & Layout, Desi Moore

“Fuchsia Machu Picchu”
Joachim: Array Mbira, Moog, drums and percussion
Ry Cooder: guitar
Stuart Levine: Saxophones
Amir Yaghmai: Yali Tambur

“Elevated Boy”
Joachim: Array Mbira, percussion, keyboards
Ry Cooder: Guitar, banjo, bass

“Everyone Sleeps in the Light”
Joachim: Array Mbira, drums, keyboards
Ry Cooder: Guitar

“Calm My Mind”
Joachim: Array Mbira, drums, percussion, keyboards
Ry Cooder: Bass
Michael Tritter: Modular synthesizer
Juliette Commagere: Backing vocals

“Because the Moonlight”
Joachim: Array Mbira, tankdrum, percussion
Vieux Farka Toure: Guitar
Souleymane Kane: Calabash
Ry Cooder: Bass
Juliette Commagere: Backing vocals

“Gaviota Drive”
Joachim: Array Mbira, Array Organ, percussion
Robert Francis: Guitar, backing vocals
Juliette Commagere: Bass, backing vocals
Ry Cooder: Guitar

“Country Blues”
Joachim: Array Mbira, percussion
Ry Cooder: Bass, Mandocello


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Joachim Cooder Los Angeles, California

When surprises this sublime fall out of the sky, there is no other response than to shake the head in wonder and say "thank you." These songs have a cosmic-edged center to them that takes all of Cooder's many adventures, wraps everything in a big bow, and delivers them like a really early holiday present. There is a playfulness that goes way beyond anything else being recorded today,. B. Bentley ... more

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