Paul Winter's Silver Solstice Celebration

Paul Winter's Silver Solstice Celebration

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What is one Holiday milestone all Americans can celebrate, regardless of cultural or religious background? That was the burning question on Paul Winter’s mind in 1980 when the Dean of the world’s largest cathedral, New York City’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, asked Winter and his ensemble to become artists-in–residence there.

More than twenty-five years later, Paul Winter’s annual Winter Solstice Celebration has now firmly taken its place among the major, durable Holiday traditions of NPR and New York. The event’s 10,000 annual revelers make it among the best-attended celebrations of seasonal change in the country.  And the broadcast heard on NPR stations across the country, is consistently one of the most popular cultural program specials of the year.
The cumulative music of the 25th annual Winter Solstice Celebration at the Cathedral is captured here on Silver Solstice: The Paul Winter Consort & Friends. This two-disc box set also includes ten tracks from earlier Solstice events, many of which are also previously unreleased. The 142 minutes of music are on two stereo CDs.
Winter’s Solstice Celebration takes the listener on a symbolic journey through the longest night of the year, incorporating theatrical musical effects that highlight the titanic space of the Cathedral. The centerpiece of the event is a giant, rotating “Solstice Tree”—a 28-foot spiral aluminum sculpture hung with hundreds of bells, gongs, and chimes representing the diversity of life on Earth. The climactic return of the sun is celebrated by the world’s largest tam-tam gong, seven feet in diameter, which slowly ascends, with its player, to the 100-foot vault of the Cathedral. Presented “in the round,” the Solstice Celebrations feature a stage in the middle of the Cathedral, with audience on both sides.
Performers include: The Paul Winter Consort featuring Paul Winter on soprano saxophone; Eugene Friesen on cello; Paul Sullivan on piano; Elio Wadopian on bass; Glen Velez, Satoshi Takeishi, and Bill Cahn on percussion and Scott Sloan on the sun gong. Special guests include: Theresa Thomason, Luciana Souza, Nóirín Ní Riain, Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Oscar Castro-Neves, Davy Spillane, Mickey Hart, Chris Berry, and the Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble.

Tracks

Disc 1
1. Opening Calls

2. Tomorrow is My Dancing Day

3. Sun Singer

4. Sound Over All Waters (with Theresa Thomason)

5. Kurski Funk (with the Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble, Theresa Thomason)

6. Dawnwalker (with Davy Spillane)

7. Before It's Too Late (with Arto Tuncboyaciyan)

8. Harvest Faire

9. Sara (with Chris Berry)

10. Seoladh (with Nóirín Ní Riain)

11. Cathedral Forest

12. Belly of the Whale

13. Solstice Tree

14. Storm

15. Bells of Solstice

16. Return of the Sun

17. Solstice Chant

Disc 2

1. Caravan at Dawn (with Mickey Hart, Arto Tuncboyaciyan)

2. The Lake (with the Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble)

3. Luiza (with Luciana Souza)

4. Canyon Chaconne

5. First Ride

6. Icarus (with Oscar Castro-Neves)

7. The Rain is Over and Gone (with Theresa Thomason)

8. The Cello and the Pipes (with Davy Spillane)

9. The Rising Moon

10. Down in Belgorod (with the Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble)

11. Oror Bubrick (with Arto Tuncboyaciyan)

12. Silent Night (with Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Luciana Souza)

13. Song for the World (with the Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble)

14. Wolf Eyes

15. Minuit/Auld Lang Syne

What is one Holiday milestone all Americans can celebrate, regardless of cultural or religious background? That was the burning question on Paul Winter’s mind in 1980 when the Dean of the world’s largest cathedral, New York City’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, asked Winter and his ensemble to become artists-in–residence there.

More than twenty-five years later, Paul Winter. . . Show More >

What is one Holiday milestone all Americans can celebrate, regardless of cultural or religious background? That was the burning question on Paul Winter’s mind in 1980 when the Dean of the world’s largest cathedral, New York City’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, asked Winter and his ensemble to become artists-in–residence there.

More than twenty-five years later, Paul Winter’s annual Winter Solstice Celebration has now firmly taken its place among the major, durable Holiday traditions of NPR and New York. The event’s 10,000 annual revelers make it among the best-attended celebrations of seasonal change in the country.  And the broadcast heard on NPR stations across the country, is consistently one of the most popular cultural program specials of the year.
The cumulative music of the 25th annual Winter Solstice Celebration at the Cathedral is captured here on Silver Solstice: The Paul Winter Consort & Friends. This two-disc box set also includes ten tracks from earlier Solstice events, many of which are also previously unreleased. The 142 minutes of music are on two stereo CDs.
Winter’s Solstice Celebration takes the listener on a symbolic journey through the longest night of the year, incorporating theatrical musical effects that highlight the titanic space of the Cathedral. The centerpiece of the event is a giant, rotating “Solstice Tree”—a 28-foot spiral aluminum sculpture hung with hundreds of bells, gongs, and chimes representing the diversity of life on Earth. The climactic return of the sun is celebrated by the world’s largest tam-tam gong, seven feet in diameter, which slowly ascends, with its player, to the 100-foot vault of the Cathedral. Presented “in the round,” the Solstice Celebrations feature a stage in the middle of the Cathedral, with audience on both sides.
Performers include: The Paul Winter Consort featuring Paul Winter on soprano saxophone; Eugene Friesen on cello; Paul Sullivan on piano; Elio Wadopian on bass; Glen Velez, Satoshi Takeishi, and Bill Cahn on percussion and Scott Sloan on the sun gong. Special guests include: Theresa Thomason, Luciana Souza, Nóirín Ní Riain, Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Oscar Castro-Neves, Davy Spillane, Mickey Hart, Chris Berry, and the Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble.

Tracks

Disc 1
1. Opening Calls

2. Tomorrow is My Dancing Day

3. Sun Singer

4. Sound Over All Waters (with Theresa Thomason)

5. Kurski Funk (with the Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble, Theresa Thomason)

6. Dawnwalker (with Davy Spillane)

7. Before It's Too Late (with Arto Tuncboyaciyan)

8. Harvest Faire

9. Sara (with Chris Berry)

10. Seoladh (with Nóirín Ní Riain)

11. Cathedral Forest

12. Belly of the Whale

13. Solstice Tree

14. Storm

15. Bells of Solstice

16. Return of the Sun

17. Solstice Chant

Disc 2

1. Caravan at Dawn (with Mickey Hart, Arto Tuncboyaciyan)

2. The Lake (with the Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble)

3. Luiza (with Luciana Souza)

4. Canyon Chaconne

5. First Ride

6. Icarus (with Oscar Castro-Neves)

7. The Rain is Over and Gone (with Theresa Thomason)

8. The Cello and the Pipes (with Davy Spillane)

9. The Rising Moon

10. Down in Belgorod (with the Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble)

11. Oror Bubrick (with Arto Tuncboyaciyan)

12. Silent Night (with Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Luciana Souza)

13. Song for the World (with the Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble)

14. Wolf Eyes

15. Minuit/Auld Lang Syne

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