Uzima was (and is) the project of Peter Gullerud, a fine multi instrumentalist and visual artist.He was also joined on the early tapes by Joe Lanzisero. I believe the tape above was the first tape I received from him. At that time he was living in southern California. I often thought of his music as “rainy day” music because of its pleasant, soporific and non aggressive approach. Gullerud was an early exponent of the CD and one of his more recent releases is below.
Don Campau and Dino Dimuro came into my life at the height of the “cassette home tapers” revolution. All of a sudden, us “little guys” could get some recognition and circumvent the big
record companies and be heard. I’ve never met Don in person, but because of a popular (and sorely missed) magazine called OPTION, I met Dino back when I lived in L.A.
Dino reviewed my “Uzima” cassettes (electronica, spoken word and vocals) and it wasn’t long before we met. We became friends and one day I was in his Hollywood loft and he handed over to me a big box full of cassette home taper gems. I still have about 50% of those today and still play them. There is something magical about all these casio keyboards used for J.S. Bach rendiations and punk screamers that make me wonder what these artists are up to now. Most of us can afford small CD burners so I imagine the cassette revolution has evolved to the home CD revolution and I hope it’s only a matter of time before another magazine producer takes the initiative and invites us “little guys” to submit for those much needed reviews and pats on the back. College stations from KCRW to KPFK played my stuff in the 80’s and if there were that kind of publicity, i can imagine myself getting back on the air in L.A. again. Even if I don’t, I still think a new “Option” needs to be there for the void.
Until then, rock on Don and Dino. Rock on.