Rose & the Nightingale’s album "Spirit of the Garden" celebrates the sublimity of gardens through song & poetry. Inspired by botanical gardens the world over, and the sense of contemplation & connection one can experience in these special spaces, Spirit of the Garden’s lyrical, energetic, and inspiring music features three part vocal harmonies, violin, cello, piano, trumpet, and percussion. Post-concert remarks from audience members have shown Rose & the Nightingale’s ability to cut through to a deeper level of human connection through the energy of music.
All the lyrics in Spirit of the Garden are poems celebrating the nexus of spirituality and nature, and the ability to connect and feel a part of something greater through open & aware engagement with the natural world. The songs offer immense gratitude to botanical gardens’ role as contemplative spaces, as places helping us reflect and engage with our concepts of individual versus collective identity. Poets featured include living American poets Maria Brady Smith, Ella Cvancara, & Wyn Cooper, as well as Oc poet Miquel Decor (southern France), and Rumi.
Spirit of the Garden is officially released on Sunnyside Records (www.sunnysiderecords.com
) on May 7, 2013.
released May 7, 2013
Music by Jody Redhage (Scarlet Tree Music ASCAP)
Words by Jody Redhage, Ella Cvancara, Miquel Decor translated by Jeannette Rogers, Maria Brady Smith, Rumi translated by Coleman Barks, Evan Karp, Silvi Alcivar, Wyn Cooper, and Japanese haiku masters Issa, Hoitsu, Shiki, and Koyo.
Jody Redhage, cello, voice
Sara Caswell, violin & mandolin
Leala Cyr, voice & trumpet
Laila Biali, voice & piano
with guest Ben Wittman, percussion
Recorded by Paul Wickliffe at Skyline Pro Studios, Hampton, NJ, on Feb. 21 & 22, 2012 and by Michael Brorby in Brooklyn on Aug. 15, 2012
Mixed by Ben Wittman at Wittman Productions, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO
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