Album Review

La Barbara, Joan – “Shamansong” – [New World Records]

Cousin Mary   9/23/2009   A Library, CD

Three 20-minute-plus pieces by composer/sound-artist La Barbara.

(1) Shamansong was originally composed as a soundtrack for Anima, a dialogue-less film about a woman???s journey into the desert.
(2) Rothko was inspired by the Houston???s Rothko Chapel, a non-denominational retreat and inspirational work of art. Bowed piano and voice, minimal.
(3) Calligraphyii/Shadows was written for a Chinese dance company and uses voice and Chinese instruments.

Beautiful, spare, unusual and ultimately very moving. Recommended.

PGM Track 2 begins and ends VERY quietly.

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