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Crane on Earth, In Sky: A Journey

by Dawn Avery & Larry Mitchell

Dawn Avery’s newest release, Crane On Earth, In Sky – A Journey is co-written with Larry Mitchell and is the soundtrack of the off-Broadway play, Crane: On Earth, In Sky. The play was created by Heather Henson of the Jim Henson family legacy, and Grammy award winning multidisciplinary artist Ty Defoe (Ojibwe/Oneida). It is the story of Ajijjack the majestic Crane, who restores language, culture, and balance to the earth with the help of the Native ancestors she meets along her migratory journey. This Native downtempo soundtrack written for theatre features storytelling through sonic landscapes, lyrics in Mohawk and English, and sounds of the animals, strings, electronics, female vocals, children’s choir, electric guitar.
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1. Prologue for Ajijaack (Crane)
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2:17 $0.99
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2. Medicine Bundle
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2:25 $0.99
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3. Coyote
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2:18 $0.99
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4. Wakan Tanka (Buffalo)
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2:04 $0.99
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5. Selu (Corn)
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2:04 $0.99
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6. Deer Medicine
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3:39 $0.99
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7. Water Is Life
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2:34 $0.99
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8. Flight
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1:31 $0.99
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9. Zuseska (Snake) Battle
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3:53 $0.99
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10. Prophecy
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2:59 $0.99
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11. Reborn
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1:54 $0.99
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12. Destiny
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4:21 $0.99
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Josh Cheek

A Magical Native American Coming of Age Tale
For her current album, Dawn presents the soundtrack for what originally began as music for Puppet Theater. The play, a modern retelling of Ajijaak on Turtle Island, recounts the journey of a majestic Crane and the characters she meets to prepare her for her destiny – a meeting with Mother Earth to help restore the lost languages, cultures, and balance with the help of the Ancestors. Ajijaak was created by Heather Henson, the legendary Jim Henson’s youngest daughter, together with Grammy Award winning multidisciplinary artist Ty Defoe (Ojibwe/Oneida) for Ibex Puppetry. Joining Dawn on this musical tale is her long-time collaborator, Grammy-Award winning producer/musician Larry Mitchell, who in addition to producing contributed guitars and electronics. Dawn’s atmospheric and adventurous score is undoubtedly one of her most accomplished works to date.

To set the scene, the album opens with an ambient prelude with warm drones and a rich bed of natural sounds – including cranes, but the musical journey proper begins with “Medicine Bundle” – a haunting incantation sung in the Mohawk language, with Dawn’s cello beautifully over-dubbed to create a rich, orchestral effect. In each of the following songs, Dawn’s music explores Ajijaak’s encounters along the way. “Coyote” features Dawn’s Native Down-Tempo side, with layers of shimmering harmonies and a rumbling sub-bass groove. In “Wakan Tanka” (Buffalo) vigorous rhythms contrast with soaring melodies and gruff double stops from Dawn’s cello. “Selu” (Corn) transports us back to the realm of native chant, providing an additional sense of wonder through the inclusion of a children’s chorus, while “Deer Medicine” is a richly-textured elegy featuring Dawn’s singing in English and Mohawk and multi-tracked cello. The children’s voices return in the delicately orchestrated invocation “Water is Life” featuring some gorgeous guitar breaks. In “Zuseska (Snake) Battle” Larry Mitchell finally gets to cut loose with a hard rock guitar solo, featuring plenty of distortion and feedback. A battle indeed! Calm returns in “Prophecy”, a beautifully produced track, with layers of Dawn’s cello, Larry’s guitar and electronic wizardry. At less than two minutes playing time, “Reborn” is the album’s brief yet powerful apotheosis. For the final track, Dawn provides an emotionally powerful anthem, “Destiny.” Crane’s journey is complete and she has embraced her sacred destiny. It is now up to each of us to continue her work!

Throughout, Dawn’s music conveys a spirit of wonder and love of nature and her culture. I would love to see the entire production – the reviews I read were very enthusiastic. Crane on Earth in Sky is pure magic and anyone even remotely interested in contemporary Native America music and theater are enthusiastically encouraged to pick up a copy!
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