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Open The Window

by Elise Witt

Lincoln Center's producer called her "the honey voiced Atlanta songwriter who sings the world." Born in Switzerland, raised in NC, and currently living in Atlanta, Elise calls her music "Global, Local & Homemade Songs." Her inspirations range from the jaz
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2. Lake Song
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3. My Dearest Wish
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4. Thank You
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5. Too Busy for the Blues
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6. Natural Phenomena
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7. Au Revoir Les Bateaux
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8. Rufus Eddie
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9. Everything & Nothing
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10. 21st of June
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12. YRRIs (Why Are Our Eyes in the Front of Our Heads?)
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Album Notes
The producer of the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage says "Elise is a performer to remember with international savvy & personal charm." And the Georgia Council for the Arts says," Elise is a state treasure, and we are so proud to support her and her work."
Elise Witt was born in Switzerland, raised in North Carolina, and since 1977 has made her home in Atlanta. She speaks five languages fluently and sings in at least a dozen more. She has sung everywhere from New York's Carnegie Hall and Nashville's Bluebird Café to the Jinotepe Harvest Festival in Nicaragua, the Popular Music Festival in Siena Italy, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Elise was chosen to represent the state of Georgia for the Kennedy Center's 25th Anniversary, and she recently returned from a cultural exchange in South Africa.
Elise's music has been broadcast on radio and television around the world. Elise is also a composer/lyricist of note. Her song "Open the Window," inspired by a Georgia Sea Islands Spiritual, has just been published in the new Unitarian Hymnal, and has been translated into many languages. Her newest recording, LOVE BEING HERE was praised as "fabulously diverse, heartfelt, and beautiful."
Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival described Elise's performance as "a really delightful concert from the honey voiced Atlanta songwriter who sings the world." In addition to performing and recording, Elise has created a reputation as a masterful singing teacher, both for adults and children, encouraging even the most shy singers to revel in their voices and join with others to create joyful choruses. Her "Singing For Fun" classes in Atlanta have become legendary and her workshops and community residencies around the country and abroad draw and inspire both professional singers and self-professed "non-singers." She is Coordinator of "Sing & Swing" week for the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College. http://www.swangathering.org and has taught workshops and classes around the U.S. - Common Ground in Westminster MD, Virginia Tech University in Blackburg VA, The School for International Training in Brattleboro VT, Big Apple Circus Clown Care, Common Woman Chorus in Durham NC- and internationally - University of Biel Switzerland, Casa per la Pace in San Gimignano Italy, Centro de Cultur Popular in Matagalpa Nicaragua, and aboard the Universe Explorer educational ship sailing through the Panama Canal.



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Vic Heyman, Sing Out magazine

“This may be the most diverse, interesting album I have reviewed this year.”
“This may be the most diverse, interesting album I have reviewed this year.”

Radio Belgium


Southern Voice

“It’s about giving yourself a chance to stray out of your everday world and look
“It’s about giving yourself a chance to stray out of your everday world and look at things
in a different way.”

Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music

“Simply stunning!"
“Simply stunning! I come away from listening as though I’ve just spent some time with an intricately multi-faceted, deeply intelligent and very caring person with a lighter side that features a quick sense of humor. Major kudos for the produciton and engineering on this disc. Everything comes through with crystal clarity, even in the most complex arrangements.”

Le Cri Du Coyote, France

“Wide horizons and a repertoire that borrows from many countries "
“Wide horizons and a repertoire that borrows from many countries
with a spirit of universal humanism”

Georgia State University Signal



“Delightful, joyful and life-affirming.”
“Delightful, joyful and life-affirming.”

Victor K. Heyman, Sing Out!

"This may be the most diverse, interesting album I have reviewed this year."
“Elise was born in Switzerland, raised in North Carolina and spent the last 20 years in the Atlanta area, but she has not turned into a southern belle. She sings in a dozen languages, in varied styles, and plays the guitar expertly.
This may be the most diverse, interesting album I have reviewed this year. styles include a Greek sirtaki, Louisiana blues, seing, jazz, mountain ballad, and rhythm and blues. Elsie is accompanied by piano, bass, blues and concert harp, accordion, sax, clarinet, flute, guitar, percussion and pedal steel. This isn’t your father’s folk.
From such a writer, one would expect unusual, tightly written songs, and that is what you get. The first cut, “Spiral,” is described as a “geo-anthro-astro-gastro-psycho-physio-philological-philosophical-political proposal.” It is about being afraid of labels like “liberal,” “conservative,” “radical,” and “revolutionary.” Then we get an Italian love song in English, a song about wishes inspired by a fortune cookie, and a thank you to all the students and teachers Elise has served with as artist-in-residence. Put the diversity of topics together with the diversity of musical styles and you have an album that is unlikely ever to bore.
This is Witt’s eighth recording on EMWorld. I certainly hope there will be more to come.”

Carol Boyd

Open the Window
Leaves you feeling upbeat and free. There's now sheet music available for choral groups on her website, and I'll be ordering some.