Zen Morning

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    Grammy® Award-winning CRESTONE celebrates Colorado’s San Luis Valley, featuring Apache musician John-Carlos Perea, who sings in the Northern Plains Indian tradition; the voices of Mountain Bluebird, Red-winged Blackbird, Whooping Crane, Meadowlark, Sandhill Cranes, Coyotes, and Buffalo; and the Consort, including Paul Winter on soprano sax, Paul McCandless, oboe and bass clarinet; Eugene Friesen, cello; Glen Velez, percussion, Koji Nakamura, Japanese taiko drum.

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Paul Winter: “The gongs of the Crestone Mountain Zen Center were recorded in the Lindisfarne Chapel there, a sanctuary conceived by Lindisfarne’s founder, William Irwin Thompson, and designed by Thompson and architect Keith Critchlow. It is one of the most exquisite and inspiring spaces I know.”

Peter May: “The Lindisfarne Chapel seems timeless to me. Upon entering it, you really don’t know what century you are in. The floor is made of brick, spiraling like the middle of asunflower, and the complex but beautiful geometric patterns of the latticed wooden ceiling seem to echo the paths of the sun, moon, and stars. Light coming in at the top draws your spirit upward; the sounds, coming from all directions, give life to the dome-shaped space, as reverberations dance among the stone seats. One is left feeling centered and stabilized, much like the large granite grindstone resting in the center.”

Peter May, Paul Winter l bowl-gongs
Red-winged Blackbird
Mountain Bluebird

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from Crestone, released December 17, 2007
Paul Winter
(Living Earth Music, BMI)

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Paul Winter Litchfield

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

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