A tour de force from Jason Vitelli, Confluence is a double album on one CD, and showcases Jasonís talents as a songwriter, vocalist, musician and arranger. The album features solo performances, duets and a trio as well as full ensemble pieces.
Tribe Song - Jason Vitelli
Recorded 'Live' In The Performance Hall
Confluence was produced, recorded LIVE in the performance hall (no overdubs!) and mastered by industry legend Barry Diament, who has created "the world's first 'purist' recording of pop/rock music (with real performances and unhampered dynamics)."
Barry Diament describes the recording process: "The dynamic range of the performances were left fully intact, so for the first time, that 'in your chest' feeling one gets in the presence of a real band is preserved... all the way to the record. All the tracks were performed live for the microphones and recorded direct to stereo with no overdubs or mixing."
The album's 17 songs range from ballads to all out electric rockers, all recorded "live" (for the microphones) and in stereo.
Roomful of Sky Records and the Joseph Campbell Foundation (JCF) are excited to announce the digital release of three new titles in The Collected Lectures of Joseph Campbell!
In these three talks, Campbell illuminates such alluring topics as: Kundalini Yoga, the Seven Chakras, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Karma and Hindu cosmology, as well as foundational texts the Vedas and the Upanishads.
Download now-- the journey awaits!!
Joseph Campbell Imagery of Rebirth Yoga (Lecture I.2.4)
An acclaimed author, teacher and mythologist, Campbell's thoughts on comparative mythology, first brought to public attention by such works as The Hero with a Thousand Faces and The Masks of God, were thrust into prominence by The Power of Myth, his television interviews with Bill Moyers, which aired just after Campbell's death in 1987.
Campbell's work is carried on by the Joseph Campbell Foundation (www.jcf.org).
The Mythic Symbology of Release - Joseph Campbell
Provocative and exhilarating, The Collected Lectures of Joseph Campbell draws together the acclaimed mythologist's most wide-ranging and insightful talks. The 90 titles that will ultimately comprise this collection provide an inspiring glimpse into one of the great minds of our time. .
Utilizing her lyrical soprano and her black Martin travel guitar, Mindy creates story-songs which re-cast everyday objects such as cake, candles and bed sheets into mythical symbols which continue to resonate long after the music has finished playing. Awakening Under Fluorescent Lights is rich with Mindy's unusual finger-picking patterns and conversational narrative-- the collage-like songs sparkle with life and are spiked with sequences from her bizarre and fantastical imagination.
Mindy's voice is strong and her energy is dynamic, ranging from ethereal to jazzy to sounding like a comedic song from an ingenue in a musical. The instrumentation on this album includes electric guitar, lap steel, bass, cello, mandolin, and backup vocals from Mindy's favorite meat-slinging maidens. If you're a fan of music which gives you goose-bumps every time, don't miss this album!
"Theatrical and offbeat, Mindy Dillard rivets listeners with her left-of-center, asymmetrical amalgam of story/songwriting, magical realism, performance art, neo-feminism and depth psychology." -- Lisa Lepine ProMotion Queen, Portland, OR
"Mindy Dillard is a remarkable performance artist as well as a creative and brilliant songwriter. A beautiful lyrical soprano, she immediately captures her audience by taking the ordinary and turning it into the extraordinary. Her quirky, on the edge, performance will touch your heart and tickle your funny bone." -- Richard Columbo, Artichoke Music, Portland, OR
"Mindy is more than a musician. Her music/presentation/performance is exciting, delicious, intriguing, delightful. Her story words are unpredictable, her delivery keeps me glued and the pieces are consistently wonderful. I look forward to hearing and seeing more of Mindy Dillard." -- Carol Newman, Coast Community Radio, OR
"Mindy is a pure joy! Her fiercely unique perspective and theatrical approach to grassroots folk music is a delight.
She lit up the room every time she performed here at the Redhare!"
"Mindy Dillard is the Conan of Folk Music!" -- Scott Docherty, Redhare Presents
The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folktales, Volume 1, the historic and long-awaited new collection from internationally-renowned storyteller Diane Wolkstein, is now available on CD and digital formats everywhere!
Featuring stories culled from the over 400 Diane collected on her many trips throughout Haiti in the 1970's, this CD is the audio companion to her 1978 ALA Notable book, The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folktales.
Interspersed with songs and musical interludes performed by Diane and Shirley Keller, this new audio collection reveals the undefeatable spirit of Haiti to those eager to learn more about its unique and vibrant culture.
The Magic Orange Tree - Diane Wolkstein in Haiti
Charitable Donation of Proceeds
Diane Wolkstein is giving 10% of all proceeds from the sale of the Magic Orange Tree CD to Partners In Health, toward their "Stand With Haiti" campaign for the rebuilding of Haiti, following the decimating earthquake that happened earlier this year.
Praise for the 'Magic Orange Tree' Book
"Diane Wolkstein will go down as someone who made Haiti known to children and adults in America and around the world." -- Raymond Joseph, Haitian Ambassador to the U.S.
"It is a joy to have this book, not only to read it, but to listen to it. The Magic Orange Tree is a gift." -- P.L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins
"This book is sheer delight. Grown-ups of all ages, as well as children of all ages, will revel in it." -- Lillian Ross, The New Yorker
"Wolkstein is a person who can bridge cultures in such a way as to bring understanding, wit, humor and moral meaning along with the words." -- Barre Toelken, Journal of Latin American Literature & Arts
Praise for the 'Magic Orange Tree' CD
"With her melodic voice, total command of storytelling technique, and knowledge of the folk narrative of Haiti second to none, she provides a beautiful companion piece to her classic anthology and the definitive tribute to her adopted culture." -- Caren S. Neile, Ph.D., Chairwoman, National Storytelling Network
"For more than 30 years, the book version of the same name has been considered a classic for those wanting to learn more about Haiti's dynamic and resilient culture, and with the recent earthquake shaking the country's core, the CD could not be arriving at a better time. Songs are embedded in the stories and, along with various phrases, repeated periodically throughout. The CD as a whole takes on a tribal feel, and its simplicity of content and language is remarkably refreshing.It reminds us that perhaps it's not so bad to go back to the basics every now and then, allowing ourselves to enjoy a good story." -- Bev Spritzer, Shalom Life
"When Diane Wolkstein shares Haitian folk tales and songs from The Magic Orange Tree, she is giving us a rare glimpse into the heart of Haiti. Through her skillful telling we become participants, singing and clapping along with Owl, Donkey, Horse and Toad, Tipingee and her friends. As the stories unfold, we too experience joy, sorrow, triumph, and wisdom. The stories stay with you, like the echo of a song or the warmth of the late summer sun." -- Naomi Baltuck, President, Seattle Storytelling Guild