I had released my new album, Protest Songs (Are Dead), only one month prior; and standing in the middle of Zuccotti Park (soon to be redubbed Liberty Plaza) on this most pivotal date, I was armed with my guitar and ready to Occupy Wall Street.
Now, nearly one year later, I'm on the cusp of releasing my first full-length album, Heliotropism, which is significantly influenced and inspired by what I experienced within the Occupy movement this past year. And it comes just in time for the anniversary of OWS.
When I was recording in Burlington, NC in June I invited members of Occupy Raleigh to join me in the studio. We recorded gang vocals together (which sound really great), so they have graciously included a note about my album release in their bi-weekly newsletter:
GioSafari Album Includes OR
NYC-based folk singer songwriter and OWS activist GioSafari is releasing his first full length album, Heliotropism, in online stores on September 15th. After having been involved with the occupation of Zuccotti park for the first month, he toured a dozen other occupations, including OR, in November. He later released the audio from that performance for an album titled Live At Occupy Raleigh.
The new album will feature all new original songs, many inspired by the Occupy movement, and several also featuring the singing and voice-acting of Occupy Raleigh members. The music will be available for sale on iTunes and Amazon, but you can also get it for free (or barter) by e-mailing Gio at firstname.lastname@example.org and asking nicely. Follow @GioSafari and #Heliotropism on twitter for more details!
Here's the promo video I created last week with more details.
And here's a video I released on YouTube earlier this week with all of the music on the new album playing at the same time. Enjoy!
Also, speaking of Occupy Wall St.. I've just got dreadlocks :)