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I took my first trip to Japan in 2012 and it was amazing in every way—people, food, culture, geography, you name it. One of my first experiences was visiting a bonsai master's garden and workshop. I saw unbelievable 100+ year old trees that were being passed down from master to master. Upon entrance to this garden I was greeted by a foreign statue—a strange upright raccoon/bear/badger type animal with a sly grin and giant testicles. Immediately curious, I was informed that it was the Japanese raccoon dog. Known in folklore as the mythological tanuki, this shape shifter brings luck and mischief—two things I don't want to live without. I started to see tanukis everywhere, almost as if I was being followed—could this be my spirit guide?

I'd recently composed an all "chop" piece—think of it as a tune without any notes—using new percussive bowing techniques that I'd been developing. It arrived nameless to Japan and quickly became Tanuki Attack. Upon returning home, I found a package from a Japanese friend with my very own tanuki…he keeps me company in my music room.

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from The Singularity, released October 22, 2013

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Casey Driessen

Casey Driessen is—like his music—inspired, unconventional and truly original. He has built a following as both solo artist and collaborator, touring the world with artists such as Béla Fleck (& the Flecktones), Steve Earle, Zac Brown Band, Darrell Scott, and Tim O'Brien. He is also a founding member of The Sparrow Quartet and never without a pair of red shoes. ... more

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