Dancing with the Lion

Dancing with the Lion

by Andreas Vollenweider
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Dancing with the Lion

After the Grammy-winning 1987 effort Down to the Moon, Andreas Vollenweider returned with Dancing With the Lion, a concept album of sorts about the nature of life and death. For the first time, Vollenweider extended his creative palette, drawing on the talents of many musicians worldwide. His modified harp was still in full effect, but Lion matched its unique tone with touches of electric guitar (the light, Latin-influenced pop of "Dance of the Masks"), plaintive violin ("See, My Love"), and the ambitious title track, which mixed unique percussion and vocal elements into a surprisingly straightforward pop cocktail. While the composer's early work seemed to be more about relaxation, or where the music could take the listener, Dancing With the Lion seemed to encourage contemplation. It was easy to find solace in the Asian-inflected chording of "Hippolyte," or the album's atmospheric finale, where flutes, flamenco guitar, fiddle, and chimes combined with the harp in an approximation of that famous story about the white light at the end of the tunnel. The addition of so many extra instruments into Vollenweider's already widely scanning sound worked to expand his ideology as much as it did his sound, since the range of ethnic styles represented unified his music with so many locales. Dancing With the Lion was a textured, pensive release that suggested Vollenweider's later work with an international cast of likeminded musicians and symphonies.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074644515428
catalogNumber: 45154

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andreas Vollenweider   Primary Artist,Harp,Vocals,Voices,Cheng,Ondes Martenot,Electric Harp,Electracoustic Pedal Harp
Max Lasser   Acoustic Guitar
Patti Austin   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Eric Johnson   Vocals
David Lindley   Saz,Steel Guitar,Saxophone,Lap Steel Guitar
Janne Schaffer   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Sitar
Vaneese Thomas   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Steve Gorn   Flute,Bansuri
Angelic Voices of Faith   Choir, Chorus
Badal Roy   Tabla
Diva Gray   Bass,Choir, Chorus
Lani Groves   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Peter Keiser   Bass
Walter Keiser   Percussion,Drums
Marilyn Mazur   Percussion
Mark O'Connor   Mandolin,Violin
Wilbur Pauley   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Roman Schmid   English Horn,Oboe
Phillip Sneed   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Christoph Stiefel   Piano,Keyboards
Matthias Ziegler   Flute
Beat Briner   Bassoon
Nina Hennessey   Vocals
Luis Perez   Percussion,Wind
Bernhard Banse   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Barry Brandes   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Children's Choir Kaltbrunn   Choir, Chorus
Anthony Crivello   Vocals
Fernando Fantini   Accordion
Charly Fassler   French Horn
Hans-Jurgen Frank   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Hanspeter Haas   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Horst Hagemann   Conductor
Peoro Haldemann   Percussion
Dodo Hug   Vocals
Misty Jervis   Vocals
Hartmut Kirszun   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
James Moellenhoff   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Lucy Novotny   Vocals
Burhan Oecal   Darabeka,Darbouka
Christian Ostermeier   Tenor Saxophone
Natasha Otrinowa   Vocals
John Ousley   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Daniel Pezzotti   Cello
Daniel Winiger   Conductor
Margarita Zorbala   Vocals
Zurich Mandolin Players   Group
Mark OConner   Mandolin,Violin
Hans Bergström   French Horn
Luis Pereq   Percussion,Wind Instruments

Technical Credits

Max Lasser   Contributor
Andreas Vollenweider   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Contributor,Illustrations,Cover Art,Calligraphy
Janne Schaffer   Contributor
Steve Gorn   Contributor
Tim Leitner   Engineer
Eric Merz   Producer,Engineer
Luis Perez   Contributor
Zurich Mandolin Players   Contributor
Ira Rubnitz   Engineer
Darryl Pitt   Producer
Hugo Faas   Executive Producer
Johannes Vollenweider   Engineer
Bernie Staub   Engineer
Hanswalter Huggler   Executive Producer
Hanspeter Ehrsam   Engineer

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