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Sacred Light

by Diana Stork

“This music which you now hold in your hands is dedicated to the healing and enlightenment of all sentient beings. May it swiftly come to be.” – Diana & Ruth All music written and recorded live by Ruth Cunningham and Diana Stork at St. Stephen’s Church
Genre: Classical: New Music Ensemble
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1. As Long
Diana Stork and Ruth Cunningham
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2. Flight of the Falcon
Diana Stork and Ruth Cunningham
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3. Spring Dance
Diana Stork and Ruth Cunningham
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4. Great Ocean
Diana Stork and Ruth Cunningham
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5. Brigit's Fancy
Diana Stork and Ruth Cunningham
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6. Tending the Mountain Temple
Diana Stork and Ruth Cunningham
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7. Open Air
Diana Stork and Ruth Cunningham
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8. Star Images
Diana Stork and Ruth Cunningham
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9. The Chanter's Tune
Diana Stork and Ruth Cunningham
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10. One Bird
Diana Stork and Ruth Cunningham
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11. The Distant Shore
Diana Stork and Ruth Cunningham
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12. Circle of Friends
Diana Stork and Ruth Cunningham
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Diana originally envisioned this album as a solo harp performance of her original compositions, with guest appearances by longtime musical colleagues harpist Cheryl Ann Fulton and cellist Dan Reiter. The real impetus however came when Ruth and Diana met and made music together. Diana found in Ruth a musical, kindred spirit, and asked her to join her on this CD. As they began to work together a unique vision took form. Months of collaboration followed in which Ruth created her vocal and flute contributions to Diana’s compositions; and the two worked together on arrangements, expanding or changing them to best present harp, voice and flute. Improvisation became an important tool in their musical exploration, and much of the music on this recording was spontaneously composed.

For three days, the sanctuary of St. Stephen's church in the quiet town of Belvedere, California belonged to the artists and their music. Engineered with great care by Lou Judson and assisted by his wife Coleen--the superb natural reverb of the space, combined with the playful relationship between Diana and Ruth and all the musicians brought forth an outpouring of musical ideas. Dan Reiter’s beautiful cello improvisations and musical creativity gave the CD new horizons and dimensions. Cheryl’s long friendship and musical collaborations with both Diana and Ruth gave special depth to the recording of Great Ocean (an early composition of Diana’s dedicated to the Dalai Lama).

By the end of the three days, the sanctuary of St. Stephen’s had been imbued with prayers from numerous traditions by each one of the participants. The final result, which you now hold in your hands, is dedicated to the healing and enlightenment of all sentient beings.


ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Diana Stork has been well known in the international harp world for nearly two decades. Beloved as a performer in sacred and world music ensembles (the Maihar Orchestra of Ali Akbar Khan, Geist, Twin Harps, Musica Divina) throughout the SF Bay Area, she is also much praised for her efforts in promoting the harp. Director since 1990 of the award-winning multicultural harp concert series FESTIVAL OF HARPSSM and the BAY AREA YOUTH HARP ENSEMBLE since 1999, she also co-produced the “Harpestry” CD series on Imaginary Road/Polygram which became a PBS Special in 1999. She has composed dozens of scores for healing recordings and videos with people such as Andrew Harvey, Dr. Charles Tart, and Dr. Meir Schneider. As world peace becomes an ever more urgent concern, she finds she is devoting an increasing amount of her work with the harp, be it composing, teaching, performing, or recording, to the service of helping others.

Ruth Cunningham is a classically trained musician and a sound healer. She combines these skills to create intuitively improvised music that connects people to the healing and spiritual power of music. She also collaborates with other healers and musicians in a variety of settings. Ruth was a member of the acclaimed women’s vocal quartet ANONYMOUS 4 for ten years. With them, she performed in concerts and festivals throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East and made ten recordings- nine of medieval chant and polyphony for harmonia mundi and one, Voices of Light by contemporary composer Richard Einhorn, for Sony Classical. In the spring of 1998, she left ANONYMOUS 4 to explore other musical repertoires and work in the field of sound healing. As a performer, she was the soloist in the November 1998 world premiere of Patricia Van Ness’ The Voice of the Tenth Muse, for soprano and chorus. In June of 2001 she was a soloist in Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light at the Kennedy Center. She has also worked as a freelance singer, baroque flutist and recorder player, performing with groups such as Pomerium, Ensemble for Early Music, and the Waverly Consort. Ruth Cunningham received at B. Mus. in Performance of Early Music from the New England Conservatory of Music and has studied Cross-Cultural Music and Healing with Pat Moffit Cook at the Open Ear Center, Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Daniel Reiter is currently principal cellist with the Oakland East Bay Symphony. As well as being a performer of western classical and contemporary music, he has recorded two CDs with master musician Ustad Ali Akbar Khan: “Garden of Dreams,” and “Legacy.” Dan is a composer and arranger for many ensembles, including the Pacific Arts Trio.

Recognized worldwide as a pioneer in the field of historical haps, Cheryl Ann Fulton has enjoyed a successful international performing, recording, and scholarly career since 1986. She can be heard on over 30 albums and soundtracks. Her first solo album, “Air of Wales” brought her international acclaim as a “genuine virtuosi of her instrument.”


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