Journey with the Sun

Journey with the Sun

by Paul Winter
     
 

A sunbeam has struck Paul Winter's Earth Band, and its name is Arto Tuncboyaciyan. This Armenian vocalist, percussionist, and instrumentalist sings in his own personal dialect -- which he calls "Arto-stan" -- and with extraordinary power. From rousing the imagined travelers in "Caravan at Dawn" and railing against the mountain who took his brother's life in "Singing… See more details below

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A sunbeam has struck Paul Winter's Earth Band, and its name is Arto Tuncboyaciyan. This Armenian vocalist, percussionist, and instrumentalist sings in his own personal dialect -- which he calls "Arto-stan" -- and with extraordinary power. From rousing the imagined travelers in "Caravan at Dawn" and railing against the mountain who took his brother's life in "Singing to the Mountain" to the bittersweet tenderness of "Broken Arm" (the Armenian version of a broken heart), Arto charges Journey with the Sun with real guts and palpable emotion. The album's Middle Eastern and Balkan tinges are amplified into lofty new dimensions by Paul Winter's signature soprano sax, Paul Halley's 8,035 pipe organ, Davy Spillane's Uilleann pipes, and Eugene Friesen's cello. Among the more celebratory passages along the way are the stirring "Mountain Wedding," a circle dance inspired by the rhythms of the Balkans, and "Land of the Pipers," a noble march that morphs into a frenzied romp. Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart performs on his self-designed "RAMU," a computerized sample bank set to explode with bursts of mbira, xylophone, and sand drum. Celtic singer Niamh Parsons adds a woman's touch on the traditional ballad "Green Grass, It Grows Bonny," with exquisite piano accompaniment by Paul Halley. There's plenty of exciting inter-band chemistry here, but beyond that, Journey with the Sun is a meaningful excursion that embraces the entire spectrum of the human experience, from anguish to compassion to ecstasy.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
For 20 years, new age wind player Paul Winter has headlined world-class audiovisual musical extravaganzas celebrating the summer and winter solstices at New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Most of the contemplative nature of this worldbeat meets new age recording reflects the ambience of the early morning summer celebration, while two songs -- the intensely percussive, Middle Eastern-flavored "Caravan at Dawn" and the mystical "Yabu" -- come from the 1999 winter show that featured Mickey Hart playing RAMU, or Random Access Music Universe (i.e., an incredible array of electronic sounds). The unique spiritual power of the album derives from vocalist Arto Tuncboyacian, an Armenian whose African-sounding guttural vocals utter phrases in "vocables" from his own personal dialect; this is exotic scat singing at its most creative! The mystical "Broken Arm" shows the more heartfelt side of his vocals, and the interesting mood swings continue throughout. The joyous jig-like "Mountain Wedding" features the Uilleann pipes of Davy Spillane, and these pipes are used to more haunting effect on "Pas de Deux." "Singing to the Mountain" is a wistful, folksy tribute to Tuncboyacian's late brother, who was killed in a plane crash in Turkey.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2006
Label:
LIVING MUSIC
UPC:
0010488003820
catalogNumber:
38

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Tracks

  1. Caravan At Dawn  -  Paul Winter & the Earth Band
  2. First Oasis  -  Paul Winter & the Earth Band
  3. Broken Arm  -  Paul Winter & the Earth Band
  4. Mountain Wedding  -  Paul Winter & the Earth Band
  5. Cave Of The Winds  -  Paul Winter & the Earth Band
  6. Pas De Deux  -  Paul Winter & the Earth Band
  7. Singing To The Mountain  -  Paul Winter & the Earth Band
  8. Middle Oasis  -  Paul Winter & the Earth Band
  9. Yabu  -  Paul Winter & the Earth Band
  10. Green Grass, It Grows Bonny  -  Paul Winter & the Earth Band
  11. Last Oasis  -  Paul Winter & the Earth Band
  12. Land Of The Pipers  -  Paul Winter & the Earth Band
  13. Oror Bubrik  -  Paul Winter & the Earth Band

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Winter   Primary Artist,Soprano Saxophone
Paul Halley   Keyboards
Jim Beard   Keyboards
Niamh Parsons   Vocals
Eugene Friesen   Cello
Zan McLeod   Guitar
Jerry O'Sullivan   uillean pipes
Dorothy Papadakos   Pipe organ
Davy Spillane   uillean pipes,Low Whistle
Arto Tuncboyaciyan   Percussion,Vocals,Sazabo
Eliot Wadopian   Bass
Jordan Rudess   Keyboards
Damian   Pan Flute/Pan Pipes
Vardan Grigoryan   Zurna
Dixon Van Winkle   Recorder

Technical Credits

Paul Winter   Producer
Mickey Hart   Contributor
Dixon Van Winkle   Producer,Engineer,Mastering

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