"This is the finale from our album Miho: Journey to the Mountain, celebrating the amazing Miho Museum in the Shigaraki Mountains of Japan. The central theme among the Museum’s antiquities is the eastward progress, across Asia, over the millennia, of the idea of paradise, humankind’s almost universal quest for a heaven on Earth.
There are 14 human protagonists (instrumentalists and vocalists) in the album, along with voices from the natural landscape in these mountains. I aspired to telling a story first through the solo and then communing of these voices, one that might evoke some sense of this questing saga of humanity.
The first half of the album is entitled “Many Paths to Paradise.” I hear each of the solo voices as spirit-guides for the listener’s journey across the vast landscape of Asia.
The title of the second half is “Shangri-La,” the realm of harmony, where voices come together in various ensembles. And I felt it appropriate that the culmination of the album reflect the contemplative traditions of the mountaintop temples that inspired the sitting of this Museum.
In the tranquility of “Morning Sun,” with the luminescence of Paul McCandless’ oboe, the living polyphony among our three “horns,” over Don Grusin’s magic carpet of chord progressions, and the final high tritone “gleam of the light” from the keyboard, I hear the promise -- of a new day, of a world of beauty, and peace." - Paul Winter
Don Grusin, Paul McCandless, Paul Winter,
Eugene Friesen, Steve Gorn
Paul Winter is a seven-time Grammy-winning saxophonist, whose sextet was the first jazz group to perform at the White House
in 1962. His second group, the Paul Winter Consort, interweaves sounds from the natural world with classical and ethnic traditions, and the spontaneous spirit of jazz. Their annual Winter Solstice Celebrations and Earth Mass are among the most popular events in New York....more