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Beyond the Headlines: Haiti in Music

by Crossing Borders Music Collective

Explore through music untold stories of the richness of Haitian culture. This debut album features deeply moving string quartet music by Haitian composers.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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1. Suite Folklorique: I. Erzulie
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2. Suite Folklorique: II. Dambala
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3. Suite Folklorique: III. Interludio
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4. Suite Folklorique: IV. Papa Simbi
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5. Exodus String Quartet: I. Tale
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6. String Quartet "From Exile, Lòt Bò Dlo", Op. 3: I. Allegro e danzante
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7. Quartet No. 1: III. Allegretto Quasi Andantino
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8. Quartet No. 1: I. Allegro
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9. Quartet No. 1: II. Yanvalou Lent
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10. Quartet No. 1: III. Allegro moderato
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11. Clair De Lune
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12. Choucoune
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13. Allo Seigneur
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14. Wai-O Wai-O
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Album Notes
This live, debut album of the Crossing Borders Music Collective features string quartets by Haitian composers that explore the untold stories of the richness of Haitian culture. It is the most ambitious recording of Haitian chamber music yet made. The first of the album's three sections features Werner Jaegerhuber's Suite Folklorique ("Folkloric Suite"). Jaegerhuber, a German-Haitian composer of the early 20th century, researched and collected folk songs from around the country and used these songs in his compositions. In Suite Folklorique, the work's movements correspond to Vodou deities and the folk melodies associated with them. The second section features the quartets of Haitian-born composers Claude Dauphin and Rudy Perrault, who both emigrated to North America. Their quartets explore the theme of "exile" from their homeland in a modern style that, in the first, evokes nostalgia, and in the second, irreparable separation and loss. Lastly, the album presents works by current and former teachers and students of the Holy Trinity Music School of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The composers include Julio Racine, former director of the Holy Trinity Philharmonic Orchestra, Haiti's de facto national orchestra, whose works synthesize influences of Haitian folk music and European modernist composers like Bela Bartok; 20-year-old Sabrina Jean-Louis, whose works reflect her deep Christian faith; Robert Durand, who helped create the Holy Trinity School and who labored on his string quartet nearly every day for 30 years; and Fritz Bernardin, a recent alumnus who is now a faculty viola teacher, who newly arranged "Choucoune," an enduringly popular song by 19th century songwriter Michel Mauléart Monton.

This album makes use of new critical editions prepared by the painstaking research of South Carolina State University Associate Professor Robert Grenier, who in some cases had to re-construct scores using the extant parts.

The Crossing Borders Music Collective's mission is to foster intercultural appreciation, understanding, and cooperation through music.

We envision a more harmonious world in which people experience musical and artistic dimensions of world cultures in such a way that influences how they shop, invest, travel, volunteer, do business, and live their day-to-day lives.

To this end, we present moving music that tells compelling stories by composers from under-represented cultures - music that invites audiences to learn more and get involved. In sharing this music through live concerts and recordings, we partner with and promote other non-profit organizations working around the world.

Crossing Borders Music Collective was formed in December of 2011. Its inaugural 2012-2013 season featured two concert programs, "Beyond the Headlines: Haiti in Music" and "Celebrating Resilience: Music from the Unvanquished Bahá'í University of Iran." "Beyond the Headlines: Haiti in Music" was a TimeOut Chicago Critic's Pick, was broadcast on WFMT's "Relevant Tones," and was featured in the Chicago Tribune, WBEZ's "WorldView," and on Chicago's ABC-7 News.

Members of Crossing Borders Music Collective presented Journey to Haiti in 2010 to support Haitian earthquake re-building efforts. The concert was broadcast on Chicago's WFMT classical radio station and featured on WBEZ, Chicago's NPR affiliate. Of the concert, music critic Andrew Patner of the Chicago Sun-Times and WFMT wrote, "Wow. I was amazed at the overall quality of the music making, the new pieces and composers introduced... deeply moving and inspiring..."

Featured on this album are Sara Chazin and Maya Shiraishi, violins; Benjamin Weber, viola; Tom Clowes, cello; with Wendy Warner, Jean Gay, and Katalin von Walterskirchen, cellos (11); Amanda Grimm and Iris Wei, violins (14); and Douglas Nestler, bass (14)



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This is a truly gorgeous album. Lovely music, played Beautifully. A gift to share.