Carolyn Cruso & Robert Almblade | Migrations: A Retrospective (1989-1995)

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Migrations: A Retrospective (1989-1995)

by Carolyn Cruso & Robert Almblade

A Best Of collection from the early years. Celtic meets World meets New Acoustic. Lush soundscapes to journey, dance and dream upon. Hammered dulcimer, Celtic harp, bamboo and silver flutes, guitar, cittern, tabla, violin, bodhran, sax, fretless bass.
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1. Fahren Nach Freiburg
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2. Prasad
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3. St. Anthony's Fire
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4. Hungarian
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5. Low Skies
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6. Reunion
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7. Después De La Siesta
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8. Boys of Ballymurphy
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9. The Four Sisters
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10. Okanogan
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11. Herodias
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12. Planxty Berch
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Album Notes
This collection of pieces is gathered together from four recording projects Cruso did with the late great Robert Almblade. The two were partners in life and music until his untimely death in 1997.  All of these CDs have been out of print for some time.  It is
Carolyn's vision to bring them back out into the world by making this compilation.  She says, "It certainly has been a joy listening and looking back on the many adventures which inspired us to write, arrange and record these pieces.  It was an honor to work with our friend and mentor, Billy Oskay, who is so generous with his knowledge of composition and arrangement.  It was a delight to work with all the amazing musicians who graced these pieces and projects with their love and talent."

The Projects: 
Tone Poems, recorded in Kornwestheim, Germany, in 1989, at Tonstudio Tucan by Ralph Mayer. 
The Fifth Element, recorded and produced in Portland, OR by Billy Oskay at his Nightnoise Studio, 1991.  
Ballincheol and Great Blue recorded and produced also in Portland, OR by Billy Oskay at the Billy Oskay Studio, 1993 and 1995, respectively. 

Carolyn grew up in the culturally rich Hudson River Valley, home of Pete Seeger and the river sloop Clearwater. Playing music since the age of eleven starting with flute and branching out into guitar in her teens and hammered dulcimer in her twenties, Carolyn came to the northwest after graduating from University of New Hampshire with a degree in Environmental Conservation. She spent almost three years performing in Europe in the late 80's and has been traveling the region and the nation ever since performing at festivals, folk clubs, coffeehouses, churches and schools. She's recorded eight albums and teaches at Dusty Strings Music School. She lives on an organic farm on Orcas Island. In her spare time she enjoys sailing and African dance.

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Maggie Perry, Nightcrossings, Radio Kansas NPR

“Listening to Carolyn’s new Retrospective CD, 'Migrations, is to be drawn into a world where peaceful reflection and creative inspiration prevail. The aesthetic movements are satisfying to the senses; engaging the listener with grace and imagination.”

Chris Lunn, Victory Music, Seattle, WA

“Shimmering orchestral driving world excellent retrospective that should receive contemporary play”

Frank Gutch, Folk Acoustic Music Exchange

International Journeys
Always melodic, adventurous and first class…..downright buoyant."

Indie Acoustic Project

Award Winning
"The Best Instrumental CD of 2013"

~Eric Hardee - Folksounds, KBCS, Bellevue, WA

Spine Tingling
"Carolyn is an exquisite dulcimist who brings an intense spirituality to her compositions and performance. It was a pleasure to listen to some choice selections her Retrospective project.  I was completely blown away by 'The Four Sisters'.  My first listen was driving home after Folksounds....full moon breaking through fog...quite the spiritual moment.  Robert's dulcimer playing is perfect and Carolyn's twin whistle harmony lines are spine tingling.  That tune is now on my 'learn' list."