Midori Takada is the percussive mastermind behind Mkwaju Ensemble, as well as a member of the free-jazz trio Ton-Klami. This is her only solo release, and it's gorgeous, comprised of percussion (mostly marimba, as well as what sounds like traditional Japanese drums), shakuhachi, and field recordings (mostly birds). It's not all as fluffy as it might seem, though--Midori Takada is first and foremost a percussionist, so the album peaks when she picks up steam, building up to ecstatic, drawn-out drum crescendoes (especially on the closer, "Catastrophe Σ"). It makes for a record that is alternately dreamlike ("Mr. Henri Rousseau's Dream") and fiery ("Crossing"), but always precise and beautiful (and with an album cover that looks like a leaked painting from Rousseau's secret hallucinogen phase, no less). Thanks for bringing this one to my attention Alexis!