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Moods: Instrumental Classical: Chamber Music Folk: Celtic Folk

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United States - Maryland

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Ann Mayo Muir & Ensemble Galilei

A traveler, sailor and lifelong musician, Ann Mayo Muir has composed original music that emerges from a deep well of connection with the people and places she has known. Smitten by the beauty of the tunes, Ann's daughter, Christina Muir, who performs with the Wammy-winning vocal trio, Hot Soup, suggested that Ensemble Galilei arrange and record the pieces. Fellow adventurers, Ensemble Galilei jumped on board, eager to sail into new waters with Carolyn Surrick at the helm, co-producing the recording with Bob Dawson at the renowned Bias Studios. The result is a sinuous, snappy, energetic delight of interpretations, with some pieces feeling American, many with a European twist, and a few that have run off with the Gypsies! The CD features thirteen tunes woven together with Celtic harp, fiddle, recorder, whistle, oboe, guitar, percussion and viola da gamba (an early cello-like instrument) creating “a feast for the musical gourmet!” - Gordon Bok (Bok, Muir & Trickett)

Ann Mayo Muir has had a long and lustrous career as a recording artist and touring musician, most often performing with the legendary folk trio, Bok Muir & Trickett. In those years she distinguished herself as a singer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, recording two solo albums and more than ten critically acclaimed albums with the trio. After the trio's farewell tour in 2000, Ann took up the fiddle, studying with Alasdair Fraser and Martin Hayes, some of the finest fiddlers in the Celtic tradition. Immersed in this exciting world of music, based in tradition and welcoming of innovation, Ann connected with a powerful delight in writing and composing songs and tunes inspired by her family, travels and a singular passion for the music. While studying the fiddle has fallen away, Ann now accompanies her warm alto voice with a small Celtic harp, flute, whistle, Nyckelharpa (a traditional bowed Swedish instrument), and her beloved baritone ukulele.

The music in "NOTES FROM ACROSS THE SEA" tells a story full of wisdom, sorrow, whimsy and love. Mischievously-spirited tunes like Twist the Devil’s Tail, Fire up the Kiln, Love and Gypsy's Bow incite us to raise our arms and kick up our heels, while the melancholy, deeply moving tales, told through Lament for Andrea, Winter's Blanket and The Deepening, reveal the tender, quieter places within that call for stillness and compassion. Connie's Garden, Mother To Son, Hear My Heart and A Love Song For My Sailor speak of family, while Hanko Panko and Merlin's Forest take us to an old world where magic dances. Get ready to be taken on a journey full of twists and turns, and in the inspired hands of Ensemble Galilei you'll find your heart pounding with pleasure.

Grammy-nominated Ensemble Galilei is a brilliant “Crossover Group,” blending Early Music with Celtic and Classical emphasis. The arrangements of Ann Mayo Muir’s instrumentals are created by the members of Ensemble Galilei: Carolyn Anderson Surrick (viola da gamba), Sue Richards (harp), Kathryn Montoya (recorders, oboes, whistles), Hanneke Cassel (fiddle), Danny Mallon (percussion), and special guest Tom Mitchell (guitar, mandolin). These wonderful musicians pour themselves into Ann’s music, giving wings to her tunes. These musicians were specifically gathered for this project, as the winning combination that had the right mix of ingredients to showcase Ann’s music. Additional members of the group do not appear on this CD, but to learn more about Ensemble Galilei, visit their website: www.EGMusic.com. Their impressive discography includes at least nine albums, and their national tours fill renowned theatres from coast-to-coast. NPR’s Neal Conan first read poetry and stories to the music of Ensemble Galilei in 2000 and worked with the group to put together both "A Universe of Dreams," which debuted in 2004, and "First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World," which had its premiere at the National Geographic Society in 2007. He tours with both programs.

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