Journey with the Sun

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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • Label: LIVING MUSIC
  • UPC: 010488003820
  • Catalog Number: 38

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Caravan At Dawn - Paul Winter & the Earth Band (6:26)
  2. 2 First Oasis - Paul Winter & the Earth Band (4:11)
  3. 3 Broken Arm - Paul Winter & the Earth Band (6:09)
  4. 4 Mountain Wedding - Paul Winter & the Earth Band (4:43)
  5. 5 Cave Of The Winds - Paul Winter & the Earth Band (5:49)
  6. 6 Pas De Deux - Paul Winter & the Earth Band (2:46)
  7. 7 Singing To The Mountain - Paul Winter & the Earth Band (4:48)
  8. 8 Middle Oasis - Paul Winter & the Earth Band (5:26)
  9. 9 Yabu - Paul Winter & the Earth Band (5:01)
  10. 10 Green Grass, It Grows Bonny - Paul Winter & the Earth Band (5:03)
  11. 11 Last Oasis - Paul Winter & the Earth Band (4:02)
  12. 12 Land Of The Pipers - Paul Winter & the Earth Band (5:21)
  13. 13 Oror Bubrik - Paul Winter & the Earth Band (6:12)
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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, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Original, heartfelt and stunning!

    ¿Adventures of a caravan of world musicians, recorded in the great space of the world¿s largest Gothic cathedral,¿ proclaims the back cover of this CD. This is a wonderful concert of true world music, originally performed in 1998 as a sunrise service celebrating the summer solstice in Manhattan¿s Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The music varies widely in style, from Near Eastern to Celtic, African to modern jazz. But the selections are similarly and deeply affecting, filled with all the longing and fulfillment life has to offer, and celebrating both extremes with equal fervor. The Earth Band is comprised of saxophonist Paul Winter, percussionist and vocalist Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Davy Spillane on Uillean pipes and whistle, Eugene Friesen on cello and Paul Halley on keyboards. Guest musicians include Mickey Hart, with his Random Access Music Universe (RAMU), and singer Niamh Parsons. Each artist gets his or her chance to shine. Many of the tracks are characterized by the distinctive talents of Tuncboyaciyan, who sings not in his native Armenian, but in a unique dialect all his own. Wonderfully versatile, Paul Winter¿s soprano sax fits seamlessly into the wide range of musical styles performed. And I love the use of the cathedral¿s pipe organ--grand, full-throated and unapologetic, it fills its home-space with all its glory, reminding modern listeners that it is not called ¿The King of Instruments¿ for nothing. Of one track (#4), Winter writes: ¿I wrote this in 1975¿ I¿ve waited a long time for a band that could bring it home.¿ He could just as well be referring to the whole album, because this band and its guests do just that. Put this CD on in the dark, and imagine watching the stained glass windows of an enormous and resonant cathedral slowly beginning to glow with the rising of the sun, until the huge space of the nave is bathed in multi-colored jewels of light. Whether you can actually see the ¿light show¿ or not, that is the effect listening to this music will have on your spirit. Enjoy!

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