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Letters from Abroad

by Anne Bingham Goess & Thomas Lindemuth

A lush, cinematic journey across Europe, Letters from Abroad presents original tunes inspired by the dance music of the Old World, from lively Celtic jigs and lyrical airs, to French cafe and Viennese waltzes, klezmer reels, and more.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Progress
Anne Bingham Goess & Thomas Lindemuth
3:41 $0.99
2. Woodworker's Set (feat. Daniel Schoenfeld, Rebecca King & Patricia Ross)
Anne Bingham Goess & Thomas Lindemuth
4:23 $0.99
3. O'Carolan's Welcome (feat. Doug Young)
Anne Bingham Goess & Thomas Lindemuth
3:24 $0.99
4. Lough Allen
Anne Bingham Goess & Thomas Lindemuth
6:25 $0.99
5. An Dro / Home with the Girls in the Morning (feat. Doug Young)
Anne Bingham Goess & Thomas Lindemuth
5:56 $0.99
6. Letters (feat. Doug Young)
Thomas Lindemuth
2:20 $0.99
7. Valse Picpus (feat. Olivier Zyngier & Charlie Hancock)
Anne Bingham Goess
2:21 $0.99
8. Night and Deià (feat. Olivier Zyngier)
Anne Bingham Goess
4:20 $0.99
9. Celestial Vaults (feat. Maurette Foster)
Anne Bingham Goess & Thomas Lindemuth
4:21 $0.99
10. Reel Tramwajowej / The Weeping Hebrew / Pokój (feat. Olivier Zyngier & Charlie Hancock)
Anne Bingham Goess & Thomas Lindemuth
4:50 $0.99
11. Dacha (feat. Rebecca King & Suellen Primost)
Anne Bingham Goess & Thomas Lindemuth
4:18 $0.99
12. Św. Anny (Church of St. Anne)
Anne Bingham Goess & Thomas Lindemuth
4:51 $0.99
13. Poranne Ptaki (Morning Birdsong)
Anne Bingham Goess & Thomas Lindemuth
5:50 $0.99
14. The Broad Stream (feat. Suellen Primost)
Anne Bingham Goess & Thomas Lindemuth
4:20 $0.99
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Album Notes
Says one listener, "The music on your CD is sublime! I love listening to it in my car as I drive the crazy streets of Berkeley. It calms and soothes me, takes me to another place and it is just beautiful." Says another, "I think if I listened to this every day, I would become a better person." (Yes, someone really said that.)

The Letters from Abroad project had a double inspiration: one concerning the generation of material from within, the other in drawing inspiration from what we find around us.

Years back, Tom had seen an intriguing demonstration in improvisation by Jennifer Lin, a talented young pianist. The game consisted of a stack of cards containing the notes of the scale. Five cards are picked, and those notes, in the sequence drawn from the deck, become the basis for a composition. Tom realized that it could become a catalyst for his own composing. In the spring of 2011 Tom suggested playing the game with Anne, and a number of pieces resulted.

In June of that year Anne, her husband Kevin, and son Frank set sail for a year-long adventure in Europe. The family visited Paris, London, Ireland, Iceland, Legoland (a country unto itself for an 11-year-old boy!), Majorca, Florence, Venice and Vienna before settling in Kraków, Poland. Along the way Anne took occasional audio snapshots--the chime of a carillon here, the rattle of a tram car there--some of which later made their way into compositions reflecting those experiences.

In the course of exploring such a diverse set of experiences and musical genres, we repeatedly were struck by unexpected musical coincidences and compatibilities that resulted in our trans-regional medleys, and overall in an album that pays homage to cultures spanning two continents, yet somehow blends together into a harmonious whole. The album is a paradox in that no single track is representative of the album as a whole, and yet all of them are when taken together, in portraying a year journeying across many lands and sampling many cultures. We hope you enjoy the journey as well.

This collection would not have been possible without the help of a whole community of wonderful individuals, each bringing their own sensibilities to the result. It is one thing to explore an idea, and another entirely to see that idea come to life in the hands of another who lends both instrumental virtuosity and a sure, personal familiarity with the the cultures being touched and genre being explored.

We feel so fortunate to be able to collaborate with friends both old and new, each of whom contributed indispensable talent and perspectives: Rebecca King, with her elegant, fluent piano accompaniment; Charlie Hancock and his unerring jazz sensibilities on accordion; Olivier Zyngier with his authentic Parisian guitar stylings; Suellen Primost, soulful and expressive on cello; Patricia Ross, virtuoso on bodhran; Doug Young and his intricate, sensitive guitar fingerpicking; Daniel Schoenfeld, Irish tradition-keeper and longtime friend of Anne, on driving bouzouki; and Maurette Foster, whose orchestral interpretation on silver flute saved the day when nothing less would do. Each of you made the difference between the pieces being interesting experiments, and becoming exactly what they were meant to be.

We would like to express deepest appreciation to our loving, supportive, and patient spouses and families: Kevin and Frank; Carrie, Nathan and Jesse. We couldn’t do it without you.



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