Bridge Between Worlds
- Featured: Emily Burridge
- Release Date: 11/14/2006
Mitchell Mendys Company name: WKNH Date: 2007-06-16 Feedback: Emily, What a fine and haunting release. I always like the way the studio feels when I play one of your songs. Expansive, mystical yet firmly grounded. Love the inter play of harmonics you create. Thanks for the CD. I'll probebly play every track on air 'n' then some. Mitchell Mendys WKNH Keene n.h. Womenrising.com review: This CD, Bridge between Worlds, plays like a soundtrack, but rather than a film soundtrack, a soundtrack of life. Burridge's time spent in the Brazilian cultures of the Xavante Indians provides the backdrop for this most accomplished collection of work. Tracks such as Adolescents are a hauntingly beautiful cello set against a soft background of chanting; there is a peaceful feeling that is indescribable and must be the magic of the Xavante culture softly bleeding through. This piece of work by Burridge is proof that music is truly the universal language and that we can bridge any distance; create peace and harmony in the coming together of different worlds, and in this day and time, that is a great feeling, and so is this CD, aptly named, Bridge between the Worlds. *************** Prognaut.com Review She creates a cohesive nine part symphony that literally constructs a musical "Bridge Between Worlds", composing the pieces for full orchestra, piano, and solo cello augmented by the traditional chants of the Xavante tribe she recorded while a guest in their village. Upon my first listen I found the chanting to be gimmicky and distracting, and was about to dismiss the entire project as the musical equivalent of showing home movies of your vacation to strangers. But I've made it a conscious effort to always listen to anything I review a number of times before actually penning the final verdict. And it soon became apparent these ritualistic chants were not simply tagged on as a sampled sound effect - but her compositions were finely crafted around the themes - using the tempo and texture of each chant as one might utilize another instrument. And the more I listened the juxtaposition of cultures flowed into a cohesive emotional experience. I went from critic to convert by the second listen. Track two, "Greeting" evokes a true sense of joy by both the quirky little melody and the staccato chants of the tribe. The song is then awash in a string chorus that is truly beautiful. Like the oboe, there is a haunting quality about the cello which can tug at the heart, and Emily Burridge is a master of her instrument - evoking passion as her bow dances across the strings. Through the medium of music Emily Burridge has bridged the gap of disparate cultures in her sonic travelogue "Bridge Between Worlds". Reviewed by Joseph Shingler on April 8th, 2007 "Bridge between Worlds" is a powerful sonic juxtaposition of cultures. The fluid tapestry of strings and wind instruments have both enhanced and expanded the sense of musical contrast with the deeply rooted ancestral chant of the Xavante Indians of Brazil. This music is an emotive response by the composer and 'cellist Emily Burridge as she celebrates and shares through this production her extraordinary experience of living amongst the Xavante. The tradition of singing is at the core of Xavante culture and is practised daily in groups and by individuals for ritualistic purposes and as a recreational activity. The village community, men, women and children stand hand in hand in an enormous circle, their heads bowed as they chant in unison singing themselves into a different world. Singing is a bonding force that strengthens the unification of the tribe. A song is often accompanied by a dance. The rhythmic stamp of feet upon the dry earth providing the beat and rhythm within the song 1. Adolescents The production opens with a recording of the Adolescents choir and develops into a lively and exuberant orchestral theme reflecting the pride of the young Xavante warriors. 2. Greeting The recordings of the Xavante within this piece were made on a festive day when relatives of the villagers arrived in all sorts of vehicles. On arrival they joined an ever expanding circle of singers greeting one another and unifying themselves through song. 3. Maria's Prayer Each evening the Chief of the village gathers everyone together and leads the entire community through a series of songs. After the songs they always finish with a prayer. The prayer is in the Xavante language and the only word that is recognisable is the word Maria which reflects the influence of the missionary and the Roman Catholic faith. The whispers of the prayer resonate within the music. 4. Inauguration The Xavante song in this piece features predominantly older men and boys singing. Gathered in a large circle, each man linked with arms around shoulders, heads bent to the ground the stamp of the feet providing the beat. They are triumphant warriors. 5. Praying for Rain The Rain Man took up his rattle and through song communicates with the elemental beings of rain and thunder.. The result was the most awesome storm with direct over head crashes of thunder. An extremely magical moment revealing a very ancient connection which the Xavante have with their landscape and natural environment. 6. Hunting Song In preparation for the hunt the group gather together and sing a song. Afterwards rushing off into the Savannah in pursuance of their prey. 7. Dawn Song Dreams are very important to the Xavante for it is through dreams that they innovate and experiment with life. The lyrics of a song are derived from their dream time. On this track the Chief is singing a song at dawn which he had just dreamt. 8. Thunder This piece is in continuation of Praying for Rain 9. Children's Chant The Chief has gathered together a small group of young children to practise songs. As an elder he is concerned that he imparts the tradition of song to this new generation. Emily Burridge has set up the Hummingbird Fund to collect 15% of Performance Royalties from "Bridge between Worlds" and through the registered charity "Indigenous People's Cultural Support Trust" (IPCST.org) will organise the funding of projects for the benefit of the Xavante of Marimbu Village.
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