Solstice Live!

Solstice Live!

by Paul Winter


The Paul Winter Consort celebrates the Winter Solstice with a musical journey through the longest night of the year--recorded live in the world's largest Gothic Cathedral, New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Solstice Live! features more than 70 minutes of music, with 18 new compositions played by The Paul Winter Consort and a community of 20 guests from four continents. Guest musicians include cellist Eugene Friesen, keyboardist Paul Halley, drummer Glen Velez, a quartet of Inca instrumentalists from Ecuador, Galician bagpiper Nando Casals and show-stopping gospel singer and Broadway star Ecia Lewis-Evans--plus the voices of wolf, owl, and the musical wren of the Amazon...

Product Details

Release Date: 12/20/1993
Label: Living Music
UPC: 0010488002427
catalogNumber: 24

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Winter   Primary Artist,Soprano Saxophone
Paul Halley   Organ,Piano,Track Performer,Pipe organ
Glen Velez   Percussion,Drums,Track Performer,Frame Drum
Andes Manta   Track Performer
Café   Percussion,Conga
Alexander Danilov   Vocals,Track Performer
Sammy Figueroa   Percussion,Conga
Eugene Friesen   Cello,Track Performer
Gordon Gottlieb   Percussion,Timbales,Surdo,Timpani
Jamey Haddad   Percussion,Drums
Ross Landau   Bass
Rhonda Larson   Flute,Track Performer
Ted Moore   Drums
Maria Nefedova   Track Performer
Dorothy Papadakos   Organ,Pipe organ
Mark Perchanok   Track Performer,Heckelphone
Dmitri Pokrovsky   Vocals,Track Performer
Elena Sidorenko   Track Performer
Eliot Wadopian   Bass,Bass Guitar,Acoustic Bass
Paul Winter Consort   Track Performer
Scott Sloan   Track Performer
Nóirín Ní Riain   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Paul Winter   Producer
Tom Bates   Engineer
Kahn   Producer,Engineer
Mark Perchanok   Contributor
Paul Prestopino   Engineer
Luis Lopez   Contributor
Nóirín Ní Riain   Composer

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Solstice Live! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fascinating, ever-evolving compositions and improvisations by musicians from around the world, performed in New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine to celebrate the Winter Solstice. Even though this is a recording of new material with numerous guest artists, it plays almost like a “Best Of ...” compilation in that it showcases the variety of composition and performance styles that the Paul Winter Consort has explored and perfected over the years--classic jazz, “cathedral blues”, chamber music, South American, world fusion and collaboration with animals. For the first few times you listen to “Solstice Live!”, you many never quite know what to expect next, yet all the diverse selections fit and flow together, blending mystery and excitement, joy and lament into a satisfying whole. Highlights of this album include “Tomorrow is My Dancing Day”, “Hodie” and “Midnight/Adeste Fidelis”, which reinterpret traditional Christmas songs, blending them with other musical styles and suitable new harmonies. Also striking are the lovely, soaring flutistry of Rhonda Larson, and the joyfully dissonant Russian singing of the Dmitri Pokrovsky Singers. One number that particularly struck me is “Boon Song”, a wonderful trio for saxophone, flute and the Uirapuru (an Amazon rainforest wren who was presumably recorded in its own home rather than in the cathedral itself). The song is a great example of how this group can take inspiration from one of nature’s voices and craft beautiful ensemble music, which sounds particularly fresh and new since the melody is not of man. In fact, the Uirapuru is given top billing as composer in the credits, with only secondary credit going to keyboardist Paul Halley. This is very cool stuff--a celebration of diversity, artistry, spirit, and triumph of light over darkness. I like this CD better and better every time I listen to it! For more recordings of the Winter Consort’s Solstice concerts, try also “Journey with the Sun” and “Celtic Solstice”.