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Kago

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Kago was the second level travelling character from Kurt Vonnegut’s Book “Breakfast Of Champions”. Kago’s music shares some absurdly psychedelic sadness and empathy with Vonnegut’s novels and Brautigan’s poetry. It also means “travelling chair” in older japanese. Every piece of music is a travelling in a way.
The only member of Kago, Lauri Sommer (from Viljandi,Tartu and Sänna, Estonia) is more known as a poet and literary scholar. As a musician he began somewhere in beginning of 90s and has played punk, folk, indie, made dadaistic electro, sang in church choir and learned something about English folk songs. In the new millennium he has joined the world’s only seto male choir Liinats’uraq to perform ecstatic and old music with quite a weird harmonies.
Kago has existed since the spring of 2000 and began as a arhythmic cartoon electro project to create more friendly and personal atmosphere in Kago’s far too urban flat in Tartu. After moving to his childhood town, Viljandi, music took more pastoral and mixed twists. Piano instrumentals, acoustic material, which was sometimes treated electronically, folk songs, childish instrumentals etc formed the best part of Kago’s 2003 debut “Piimash” (world with no literal meaning, found while looking at the partly hidden of milk-chocolate’s (piimashokolaad) cover). After releasing this, Kago’s sound experiments continued - he added some rhythmic parts made with old darling dictophone, homemade deep-dull sounds, stretched bits, unexpected voices etc. And some inspiration comes from elsewhere. Places. Glowing people. Dreams and altered states.

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