The Mickey Hart Collection from Smithsonian Folkways preserves and furthers the Grateful Dead percussionist’s endeavor to cross borders and expand musical horizons. Smithsonian Folkways will make many of Mickey Hart’s music projects available digitally (stream and download) for the first time while keeping physical versions in print as on-demand CDs.
The Mickey Hart Collection begins with 25 albums drawn from “The World,” a series Hart curated that incorporated his solo projects, other artists’ productions, and re-releases of out-of-print titles. Six of the twenty-five albums form the “Endangered Music Project,” a collaboration between Mickey Hart and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, which presents recordings from musical traditions at risk.
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The Travelling Jewish Wedding
The Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra
The Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra of America and California was an itinerant band of engineers, doctors, teachers, and musicians who played their music at weddings, Bar Mitzvahs...
The Music of Upper and Lower Egypt
The Music of Upper and Lower Egypt features unique performances recorded during the Grateful Dead's 1978 tour of Egypt. Produced by Mickey Hart and issued in 1988 as part...
Drums of Passion: The Invocation
Nigerian-born drummer Babatunde Olatunji (1937-2003) collaborated with Mickey Hart to create this album, issued in 1988 as part of “THE WORLD” series...
Hamza El Din
Eclipse, Hamza El Din’s fourth album overall, was originally released in 1978 and reissued as part of “THE WORLD” series...
Sarangi: The Music of India
Ustad Sultan Khan
This album represents the intricate sounds of the sarangi (a bowed, short-necked stringed instrument) in the hands of Ustad Sultan Khan, 2010 winner of the...
Music to Be Born By
Mickey Hart / Taro Hart
This soothing, 70-minute soundscape, originally created for the birth of Mickey Hart’s son Taro in 1983, was intended to transform the coldness of a hospital birthing room into...
Freedom Chants from the Roof of the World
The Gyuto Monks
The Tibetan Buddhist Gyuto Monks produce polyphonic prayers for various purposes including blessings, the exorcising of human afflictions of anger, lust, and envy, and invocation...
Venu is the ancient Sanskrit name for the bamboo flute that is today called bansuri. On this album, recorded live in 1974 at the Stone House in Fairfax, California...
Drums of Passion: The Beat
Drums of Passion: The Beat was written and co-produced (with Mickey Hart) by Nigerian artist Babatunde Olatunji (1937-2003) and features guests Brazilian percussionist...
Mickey Hart / Airto Moreira / Flora Purim
Däfos is a musical ethnography of an imaginary country created by Mickey Hart and Airto Moreira. The album was recorded live in San Francisco as a celebration of percussion...
The Apocalypse Now Sessions
Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann were asked by director Francis Ford Coppola to provide a percussive underscore for his 1979 film Apocalypse Now. Combining the quiet sound...
Songs of Amber
This 1990 album features traditional and modern Latvian songs performed by Dzintars, Latvia's leading female choir. Consisting of 67 voices, two conductors, one piano, and one...
Voices of the Rainforest
Voices of the Rainforest is a recorded soundscape of a day in the life of the Kaluli people of Bosavi, Papua New Guinea. As the day progresses, one hears birds, water...
The Other Side of This
The Other Side of This was recorded at Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart's home studio in 1991. The album's 13 selections are inspired by the Afro-Brazilian traditions of...
Utom: Summoning the Spirit
Captured by ethnomusicologist Manolete Mora in 1995, this release is a collection of field recordings documenting the music of the T’boli, a group of approximately 80,000 people...
The Bali Sessions: Living Art, Sounding Spirit
In 1999, five years after releasing Music for the Gods: The Fahnestock South Sea Expedition: Indonesia, Mickey Hart sought to record an album highlighting the more...
The Perfect Jewel: Sacred Chants of Tibet
The Gyuto Monks Tantric Choir
The Gyuto Monks offer excerpts from their most important chants, selected by the monastic order’s chant master for their power and beauty. These multiphonic chants, passed down...