Ben Siems | Write Her Name On the Sky

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Write Her Name On the Sky

by Ben Siems

A collection of original, contemporary string works strongly rooted in the classical tradition, with cello as the primary voice.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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1. Not This Day
Ben Siems, Ed Cadman, Lydia S Lui & Megan Scott
2:56 $0.99
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2. Dreamspace, Shared (Take 1)
Ben Siems & Megan Scott
11:07 $0.99
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3. Meditation Piece (Duet)
Ben Siems, Ed Cadman & Megan Scott
2:57 $0.99
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4. Write Her Name On the Sky
Ben Siems, Jeremy Hauer, Lydia S Lui, Lindsay Schlemmer & Lydia S Lui
3:53 $0.99
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5. Dreamspace, Shared (Take 2)
Ben Siems & Megan Scott
10:11 $0.99
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6. Atonement Pass
Ben Siems, Ed Cadman, Lydia S Lui & Megan Scott
5:44 $0.99
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7. Meditation Piece (Trio)
Ben Siems, Amanda Burgdorf, Ed Cadman & Lydia S Lui
3:13 $0.99
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8. Dreamspace, Shared (Take 3)
Ben Siems & Megan Scott
8:55 $0.99
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9. Write Her Name On the Sky (Reprise)
Ben Siems, Lydia S Lui, Lindsay Schlemmer & Megan Scott
0:53 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"A superb creation in music that will set the classics alight ... [pieces] that will in the future be classics of our time, admired by the best and copied by the many." —Anthony Haworth, CEO, Factory Music Publishing and Recording, UK

On WRITE HER NAME ON THE SKY, Ben Siems offers up a variety of original, contemporary chamber string works firmly rooted in the classical tradition. Gentle lyricism defines the two versions of, "Meditation Piece," while the three variations of, "Dreamspace, Shared," have an otherworldly beauty. "Not This Day" soars with Bach-inspired cello arpeggios set against a lush atmosphere provided by an additional cello and violin; "Atonement Pass," with its asymmetrical phrases unfolding into dramatic resolutions, echoes Bartok and the other early modernists. The title track, inspired by the story of pilot and adventurer Beryl Markham and her "aero-goddess sisters" (so dubbed by cellist Amanda Burgdorf, who posed in pilot attire for the surreal cover image), blends classical elements with driving Romani rhythms and improvisational guitar as it spirals upward to a furious climax. Guitar is, in fact, the instrument Siems is best known for (especially in the jazz realm, where his trio, The Willie August Project, has drawn praise from around the globe), but throughout WRITE HER NAME ON THE SKY, the focus remains squarely on the cello, his first instrument. The upper registers do not get ignored, however; violinist Lydia S Lui appears on five tracks and is a tour-de-force.

"Tightly scripted music squarely in the classical tradition, WRITE HER NAME ON THE SKY is evocative, impressive, at times dreamlike." —Tom Surowicz, MInneapolis STAR TRIBUNE.

BEN SIEMS ON HIS INSPIRATION FOR, "WRITE HER NAME ON THE SKY," FROM THE CD LINER NOTES:
They won international races. They set records. They performed feats that have never been duplicated. They soared and they dreamed. They were pilots, they were women, and they were systematically written out of the history books in one of the most blatant acts of male chauvinism of the twentieth century.

Yes, we know about Amelia Earhart. But does it not strike you as strange that the only female early aviator we learn about in school is one who fell short of her goal, dying in the process? Did you know that Earhart's flight instructor was an accomplished female pilot in her own right? Did you know that one of the first U.S. citizens to hold an international pilot license was an African American woman? Did you know that the only pilot ever to fly around Manhattan and dive under every bridge without crashing was a 14-year-old girl? And do you know of the treacherous trans-Atlantic solo flight of Beryl Markham (whose name is echoed in the blue-green tones of this album's cover), so much more daring than Lindbergh's celebrated journey?

It is time to finally give these pioneers their due, and in the process, to inspire future generations of young women to take to the air. Find the stories. Learn them. WRITE HER NAME ON THE SKY.
(Copyright 2014 DiPhoCal Records)



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