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Fran Carbonaro | I'm Still Alive

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Avant Garde: Electro-Acoustic Spoken Word: Storytelling Moods: Solo Female Artist
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I'm Still Alive

by Fran Carbonaro

"Through her artistry that weaves song, spoken word and unforgettable melodies, Fran Carbonaro has created an experience that carries the listener through wounds and wonders to the sheer celebration of being Alive." Kim Rosen, author of Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words
Genre: Avant Garde: Electro-Acoustic
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1. Fear
1:08 album only
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2. The Dream
3:40 album only
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3. Waking
3:32 album only
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4. Dear Uncle
2:33 album only
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5. Against the Wall
3:51 album only
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6. Witness
6:28 album only
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7. And so She Sings
5:01 album only
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8. Patriarch
1:34 album only
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9. I'm Still Alive
5:08 album only
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10. Mad River
5:36 album only
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11. Force of Nature
4:56 album only
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12. In the Absence of Kindness
1:19 album only
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13. Burning
3:00 album only
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14. Message from My Father
3:34 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Fran Carbonaro’s brilliant musical and spoken word project expresses the broken and resilient heart of the howling feminine psyche. Through psychologically hip poetry and soulful vocals (sung by Jo Mansell) she draws the listener in and makes known the complex levels of human experience. Fasten your seat belt as she shepherds you through the realms of pain, anger, suffering, redemption, love and delight. If Terry Tempest Williams and Joni Mitchell secretly conceived a child her name just might be Fran Carbonaro." Kevin Russell, Kebtone Productions

This offering of poetry, ambient sound, and music is the creative culmination of decades of work, personally and professionally. Now in my 60s, armed with courage and passion (and flanked by highly talented musicians) I am moved to share my story, with the hope it will have a healing effect on those who choose to engage with it - both those who know the experience firsthand, and those who wish to understand it.

All poetry and songs written by Fran Carbonaro
Produced & Arranged by Fran Carbonaro
Recorded and Mixed by Paul Lamb
CD Cover Art by Jessica Jacobsen

Jo Mansell: vocals
Fran Carbonaro: spoken word, acoustic guitar, xylophone, udu
Jami Sieber: acoustic and electric cellos
George Chavez: acoustic cello
Bruce Kurnow: harmonica
Jan Martinelli: stand-up bass
Paul Lamb: fretless and electric bass
Terry Keady: electric guitar
Kendrick Freeman: drums
Sahar Pinkham: tabla, tar drum
Claire Beery: hammered dulcimer, tenor recorder
Robert Gilmore: alto flute, flute choir
Briallyn Mansell: harmony vocals

PERSONAL STATEMENT INSIDE CD:

The residue of an unresolved past can haunt us, such that we feel bound, captive to our own personal pain. Or, it can be a gift, if we pay attention and become curious, if we find the courage and trust to enter in. My hope is that this work inspires a listener who may be yearning to move into that trust and beyond the shame that binds.

Merely surviving being raised in an environment of ongoing violence and devastating misogyny was not enough. Writing and recording these tracks allowed the deep cuts of trauma, the ones that would not heal in any other way, to evolve into acceptance, heart-strength and forgiveness.

Ultimately, viewing and expressing the truth of my own experiences through the lens of artistic expression, freed me to discover what is a joyfully resilient life. My journey has been guided and continues to be accompanied by many remarkably gifted and loving beings, seen and unseen, for which I am deeply grateful. I believe my ancestors are resting more deeply, as am I.






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Michael Browne

Brilliant
The music field is prolific, competitive, and supercharged with talent., but every now and then comes along a work of art so unique that it simply captures the spirit with its depths of beauty, human experience, , and soul. This work by Carbonaro is brilliant. The poetry within is dazzling as she plumbs the depths of a journey through pain, through grief and finds in resolution in the dance of redemption, through a musicality that reaches into the hearts of all who might hear this work. and simply stand in wonder. For this poet she has surpassed the common and become light itself.
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Diana S

Finding beauty in the dark
With tender fierceness, Fran Carbonaro's poems set to song tell a personal tale of unbinding the cords which bound her to a life of anger and powerlessness. Listening to her words and music led me on a journey into my own heart of darkness to discover the joy and light that may emerge if we are brave enough to take that road. It is worth the trip. Love you, Fran!
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Roberta Teller

A Profile in Courage
Fran Carbonaro’s CD I’m Still Alive is truly a work of art and soul. Born out of a dark and traumatized childhood, this CD is a testament to the power of the grit, determination and courage to heal, to survive and ultimately to thrive. The songs and spoken words are beautiful, haunting, tender and jarring.

I’m Still Alive is a profile in courage and an inspiration to anyone who has lived with trauma
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