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Bardo [Gabrielle Roth & the Mirrors] [736998501426]

  • 1. Sand Castle
    2. Infinite Sky
    3. Dissolve
    4. Nectar Moon
    5. Sun Dust Eclipse
    6. Crossing, The
    7. Bardo
    8. Mansion of Gold
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5014

  • Credits
    ProducerGabrielle Roth; Robert Ansell; Scott Ansell
    EngineerScott Ansell

    Personnel includes: Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors, Allison Cornell (vocals, violin, viola); Boris Grebenshikov, Catherine Russell, Deva Premal & Miten, Reza Derakshani (vocals); Charlie Burnham (violin); Bob Een (cello); David Sancious (piano, synthesizers, fretlass bass); Dassi Rosenkrantz (bass), Joe Bonadio (drums); Marlon Saunders, Arif St. Michael (background vocals).
    Personnel: Allison Cornell (vocals, violin, viola); Mindy Jostyn, Catherine Russell (vocals, background vocals); Deva Premal, Miten, Boris Grebenshikov (vocals); David Sancious (electric guitar, piano, synthesizer); Kevin Ansell (electric guitar, synthesizer, bass synthesizer); Sanga of the Valley (berimbau, percussion); Michael Allen Harrison (tamboura, harmonium); Charlie Burnham (violin, electric violin); Sachi Patitucci, Bob Een (cello); Mary Lou Irvine (oboe); John Patitucci (electric bass); Rocky Bryant (drums); Morgan Doctor (tabla); Joe Bonadio (tom tom); Cyro Baptista (percussion); Arif St. Michael, Kevin Osborne, Marlon Saunders, Sara Carlson (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Scott Ansell.
    Director: Gabrielle Roth.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Joe Bonadio; Robert Ansell.
    Gabrielle Roth wants to make you sweatand pray. Creator of the "5 Rhythms" method of improvisational movement, urban shaman Roth writes and produces ecstatic music for body and soul. Of the five universal rhythms that Roth has identified in her workshops (flowing, staccato, lyrical, chaos, and stillness), BARDO favors the "flowing and lyrical."
    The first loping measures of "Sand Castle" (with Deva Premal on backing vocals) set a sultry template for the rest of the album. Although Russian singer/songwriter Boris Grebenshikov handles lead vocals throughout, Dassi Rosenkrantz-Cabo's fluid (mostly fretless) bass is really the featured instrument. Synthesizer squiggles, bells, strings, and flutes provide the high end and the "lyrical" element, but the bass lines give life to the songs. The album flows along in a fairly set pattern until the penultimate title track. Named after the transitional state between death and rebirth, "Bardo" suggests a dark tango from one realm to the next. It's this unflinching consideration of both the spirit and the flesh that makes Roth such a treasure. While much of the New Age music genre concerns itself with the celestial and harmonious, Gabrielle Roth continues to report from the ground.

  • Critic Reviews
    NAPRA Review (05-06/02, p.78) - "...An evolutionary mix of world beat, trance, chant and meditation. Otherworldy voices and verses emerge from an inner landscape, excavating a mystical language....Engaging and enlightening..."
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