Cosmopoly

Cosmopoly

by Andreas Vollenweider
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Andreas Vollenweider's Cosmopoly finds the Swiss harpist collaborating with artists like Carlos Nunez, Abdulla 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/21/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998909625
catalogNumber:
89096

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andreas Vollenweider   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Flute,Harp,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Koto,Wind Instruments,celtic harp,Duduk,Gu-Zheng,Clay Flute,Double Flute
Max Lasser   Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Milton Nascimento   Vocals
Carly Simon   Vocals
Ray Anderson   Trombone
Bobby McFerrin   Vocals
Abdullah Ibrahim   Piano
Mindy Jostyn   Fiddle,Vocals
Walter Keiser   Percussion,Drums,Frame Drum
Christoph Stiefel   Keyboards
Carlos Núñez   Flute,Pipe,Low Whistle
Chunliang Al Huang   Vocals,Voices
Kepa Junkera   Accordion
Banz Oëster   Acoustic Bass
Michel Poffet   Acoustic Bass
Pingxing Xu   Yang Chin
Antonio Di Francia   Cello
Gerardo Morrone   Viola
Xiaojing Wang   Erhu
Miao Xiaoyun   Pipa

Technical Credits

Andreas Vollenweider   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Cover Design,Logo Art
Milton Nascimento   Lyricist
James Joyce   Quotes Researched & Compiled
Dude Durst   Producer,Cover Design
Eric Merz   Engineer
Ed Tuton   Engineer
Peoro Haldemann   Engineer
Moritz Wetter   Engineer
Helge Van Dyk   Engineer
Solis String Quartet   Contributor
Miao Xiaoyun   Contributor

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