Provenance

Provenance

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by Maya Beiser
     
 

Provenance is the latest release from Maya Beiser, hailed by The New Yorker as a "cello goddess" and by the San Francisco Chronicle as "the queen of post-minimalist cello." The title means "origins," referring to both Maya's personal history and the intertwining cultural traditions that course through this stunning disc. On some selections, the rich-huedSee more details below

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Provenance is the latest release from Maya Beiser, hailed by The New Yorker as a "cello goddess" and by the San Francisco Chronicle as "the queen of post-minimalist cello." The title means "origins," referring to both Maya's personal history and the intertwining cultural traditions that course through this stunning disc. On some selections, the rich-hued sound of Maya's cello is heard on its own; on others, she's accompanied by Lebanese-American master musicians Jamey Haddad (percussion) and Bassam Saba (oud), with percussionist Shane Shanahan. The culminating track is a dazzling arrangement of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" for multi-tracked cello and drumkit, featuring studio legend Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello).

Provenance brings together music by contemporary composers from Armenia, Kurdish Iran, Israel, the US, and the UK. It was inspired by the golden age of medieval Spain, when Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived together, giving rise to a centuries-long flowering of commerce, culture, art, and architecture. Likewise, Maya grew up in an Israeli kibbutz at the foothills of the Galilee mountains, co-existing in harmony with neighboring Muslim and Christian Arab villages. Provenance is inspired by that experience, celebrating the glory of a multi-religious, multicultural civilization and the hope of lasting peace.

Kayhan Kalhor's "I Was There" by is based on a melody by the ninth-century Persian Kurdish musician Ziryab, a former slave who became the most influential musician of his time. Armenia's unique musical tradition is represented by Djivan Gasparian's haunting "Memories." Gasparian is one of Armenia's greatest living musicians, a virtuoso player of the traditional double-reed Duduk.

"Mar de Leche" (Sea of Milk) by Israeli composer Tamar Muskal draws on an ancient love song in Ladino, the mixture of Hebrew and Spanish spoken by medieval Sephardic Jews, whose music blended Arabic and Jewish traditions. Douglas J. Cuomo, composer of the theme to Sex and the City and the chamber opera Arjuna's Dilemma, contributes "Only Breath;" inspired by a poem by Rumi, it builds slowly from a meditative opening to a virtuosic climax. Led Zeppelin's Middle Eastern-tinged "Kashmir," heard in an arrangement by Evan Ziporyn, makes a fitting close to this compelling disc. From the Label

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/2010
Label:
Innova Records
UPC:
0726708677824
catalogNumber:
778
Rank:
129900

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maya Beiser   Primary Artist,Cello
Jamey Haddad   Percussion
Jerry Marotta   Drums
Etty Ben-Zaken   Vocals
Bassam Saba   Oud
Shane Shanahan   Percussion

Technical Credits

Jimmy Page   Composer
Robert Plant   Composer
Djivan Gasparyan   Composer
John Kilgore   Engineer
Judith Sherman   Producer
Evan Ziporyn   Arranger
Philip Blackburn   Label Direction
Lili Almog   Art Direction
Maya Beiser   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Kayhan Kalhor   Composer
Dave Cook   Engineer
Douglas J. Cuomo   Composer
Tamar Muskal   Composer
Douglas Cuomo   Composer

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