Cosmopoly [Bonus Disc]

Cosmopoly [Bonus Disc]

by Andreas Vollenweider
     
 

A cosmopolitan person is a citizen of the world, and harpist Andreas Vollenweider certainly is that. In his long, rich musical career, Vollenweider has immersed himself in music from around the globe. On COSMOPOLY, he skims off the cream, with the help of some distinguished musical friends. A stellar lineup of vocalists includesSee more details below

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A cosmopolitan person is a citizen of the world, and harpist Andreas Vollenweider certainly is that. In his long, rich musical career, Vollenweider has immersed himself in music from around the globe. On COSMOPOLY, he skims off the cream, with the help of some distinguished musical friends. A stellar lineup of vocalists includes the playfully acrobatic Bobby McFerrin, the hushed Brazilian romance of Milton Nascimento, the heartbreaking soulfulness of Dijvan Gasparyan (who also plays the Armenian duduk), and the bittersweet overdubs of Carly Simon on "Your Silver Key." Carlos Núñez's low whistle adds soulful warmth to "Morning Poem." There's a jazzy feel to many of the pieces. Check out the extraordinary dialogue between harp and piano (played by Abdullah Ibrahim) on "Ancient Pulse," the hip bass and drum groove (courtesy of Walter Keiser) on "Stella," and the moody yet cool trombone improvisations (a gift of trombonist Ray Anderson) on "Wil-o'-the Wisp." A few tracks feature Vollenweider's evocative compositions for Chinese instruments, while "Petit Smile" keys in on the saucy nature of the Basque accordion, played here by Kepa Junkera. The Solas String Quartet is featured on two tracks, the romantically intriguing "Vas del Sur" and "Long Road to You." Vollenweider is a gracious host throughout the album. This bon vivant of the harp can get a syncopated swing going, even in a dirge ("Hush, My Heart, Be Still"), and instills a warm glow to everything he plays.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Andreas Vollenweider's Cosmopoly finds the Swiss harpist collaborating with artists like Carlos Nunez, Abdul Ibrahim, and Ray Anderson, and exploring the music of Africa, Brazil, China, Ireland, and the U.S. Fittingly, Vollenweider's palette of instruments on this album includes the ocarina, gu cheng, baby koto, 12-string guitar, Bavarian folk harp, Celtic harp, and Chinese harp, along with his usual custom-made rhythm harp. "Morning Poem," Vollenweider's Celtic-inspired duet with Nunez, is all the more moving for its restraint, and the unusual fusion of Bobby McFerrin's vocals with Chinese harp on "Elle Chelle" is another highlight. Ibrahim and Vollenweider create a smoky Armenian atmosphere on their doudouk/harp duet "Hush, My Heart, Be Still," and "Peachtree Valley" evokes a lush Chinese landscape, though the overly glossy production is somewhat distracting. Carly Simon's recitation of part of Finnegan's Wake on "Your Silver Key" is also slightly jarring, and some of the album's jazzier tracks seem out of place, but for the most part, Cosmopoly offers an intriguing fusion of traditional, indigenous styles, and new musical ideas. [This version of the album contains an additional CD of bonus material.]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2005
Label:
Kin Kou
UPC:
0795041752727
catalogNumber:
17527

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andreas Vollenweider   Primary Artist,Bass Flute,Electric Guitar,Harp,Keyboards,Vocals,Alphorn,Acoustic Bass,Gu-Zheng,Electracoustic Pedal Harp
Milton Nascimento   Musician
Carly Simon   Musician
Ray Anderson   Musician
Bobby McFerrin   Vocals
Claudia Boggio   Voices,Pedal Bass
Djivan Gasparyan   Duduk,Musician
Abdullah Ibrahim   Piano,Musician
Mindy Jostyn   Musician
Walter Keiser   Drums
Erdal Kizilcay   Keyboards,Oud
Kepa Junkera   Musician
Andi Pupato   Percussion,Tabla,Frame Drum

Technical Credits

Andreas Vollenweider   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Mastering,Remastering,Logo
Milton Nascimento   Arranger
Ray Anderson   Arranger
Bobby McFerrin   Arranger
Dude Durst   Producer,Mastering,Cover Design
Abdullah Ibrahim   Arranger
Walter Keiser   Arranger
Ed Tuton   Engineer
Peoro Haldemann   Engineer
David Alan Kogut   Art Direction
Hugo Faas   Producer
Moritz Wetter   Engineer

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