Magazine article New Internationalist

[Locke, Kevin. Open Circle]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Locke, Kevin. Open Circle]

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If record shops ever invented a new category of 'hard listening' then it might be filled with works by artists such as Kevin Locke. And a good thing, too. That's not to say Locke -- or, to give him his Lakota indian name, Tokeya Inajin -- writes unlistenable music: far from it. His songs for Native American flute and percussion are extraordinary pieces that simultaneously express a sense of fluidity and strength -- as his eleventh album Open Circle affirms. That such qualities shine through at all is testimony to Locke's skillful art, for it's long been acknowledged that Native American music -- Hollywood-inspired chanting aside -- is a 'difficult' sound for untuned ears. Formed out of ancient rhythmical ideas and cadences, the music's structure and aim may not be at first obvious. In a culture where easy access equals survival, 'difficult' music defines itself in adversity. There have been various attempts to bridge the divide, ranging from the sublime (Sioux national John Trudell's rock-tinged take on Native American music) to the ridiculous (all those New Age-inspired synth jobs). …

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