Life Blood

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All Music Guide - Carol Wright
After their moving collaboration on a TV documentary, vocalist Joanne Shenandoah and pianist/composer Peter Kater were moved to record a whole album of traditional Iroquois songs. These nine ancient songs are similar in melody and lyrics; the melodic line is long and sweet like a lullaby while the language flies light with elongated vowel sounds. For the most part, Kater surrounds the songs airily, with light organ chords that touch extended vistas. Only "Woman's Dance" is jazzed up. His piano adds sweet, melodic touches. "Dance of the North," with its eddies of wind, is spellbinding, like mighty clouds skimming gracefully across mountain ranges; according to Shenandoah, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Carol Wright
After their moving collaboration on a TV documentary, vocalist Joanne Shenandoah and pianist/composer Peter Kater were moved to record a whole album of traditional Iroquois songs. These nine ancient songs are similar in melody and lyrics; the melodic line is long and sweet like a lullaby while the language flies light with elongated vowel sounds. For the most part, Kater surrounds the songs airily, with light organ chords that touch extended vistas. Only "Woman's Dance" is jazzed up. His piano adds sweet, melodic touches. "Dance of the North," with its eddies of wind, is spellbinding, like mighty clouds skimming gracefully across mountain ranges; according to Shenandoah, this song is a "thunder dance" and mourning song. Kazu Matsui on shakuhachi flute brings a ghostly Zen element to the beginning of title track, but a beat builds and the song races in joyous prayer to the blood of life, water. The heartbeat here is especially effective. Shenandoah's voice is so rich and inviting you can almost inhale it. Also appearing are Michael Moses Tirsch on percussion; Randy Chavez on acoustic, electric, and processed guitar; and Tony Levin on bass guitar.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/1994
  • Label: Silver Wave
  • UPC: 021585080928
  • Catalog Number: 809
  • Sales rank: 115,209

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Messenger (4:57)
  2. 2 Circle of Friendship (4:42)
  3. 3 When Eyes Meet (4:57)
  4. 4 Path of Beauty (5:37)
  5. 5 Song of Union (2:49)
  6. 6 Woman's Dance (6:01)
  7. 7 Dance of the North (5:56)
  8. 8 Life Blood (7:32)
  9. 9 Messenger Reprise (2:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joanne Shenandoah Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Peter Kater Synthesizer, Piano, Track Performer
Randy Chavez Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Tony Levin Bass Guitar
Kazu Matsui Flute, Shakuhachi
Michael Moses Tirsch Percussion
Technical Credits
Peter Kater Producer, Engineer, Contributor
Chris Anderson Producer, Engineer
Denean Composer
Chris Andersen Engineer
Steven Hill Composer
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