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by India Yeshe Gailey

Lucid is a collection of cello and vocal sounds united by a whimsical flora fauna colour palette, an expression of blurred duality between past, present, self, other, hearing, seeing, environment, human.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Gaijin (Foreigner) Walks Between Towering Chords Hundreds of Years Old
India Yeshe Gailey & Ellen Gibling
7:55 $0.99
2. Orchid Whale
India Yeshe Gailey
6:04 $0.99
3. A Flower Is Always Happy
India Yeshe Gailey
9:04 $0.99
4. Baikal
India Yeshe Gailey
8:00 $0.99
5. Winter Music
India Yeshe Gailey
11:44 $0.99
6. Lucid
India Yeshe Gailey
2:48 $0.99
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Lucid is a collection of cello sounds united by a whimsical flora fauna colour palette, an expression of blurred duality between past, present, self, other, hearing, seeing, environment, human. All of the composers are of the same generation, and at some point in their lives, lived in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. All of the pieces on this album were written for or by India to perform between 2016-2017.

India Yeshe Gailey is an acclaimed Nova Scotian cellist, composer, and interdisciplinary artist based in Montréal. Having also pursued visual art and dance training, her work as a composer is inspired by the relationship of visual and sonic shapes, environmentalism, timbral variation, theatricality, and magical realism. As a cellist, she performs as a soloist and in various collaborative projects spanning the genres of classical, jazz, world musics, Celtic, and indie rock. This is her first solo album.

Lucas Oickle
Originally from Bridgewater N.S., Lucas Oickle (b.1991) now lives in Japan with his wife Chihiro and their two cats Taro and Ponzu. He loves animals, gardening, & sounds. An associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre, Lucas has received several awards and accolades for his work, and is always open to new projects and collaborations. [read more at ]

A Gaijin (Foreigner) Walks Between Towering Chords Hundreds of Years Old (2017)
This piece partially explores the traditional tone clusters of the Japanese shou, called aitake. Traditionally, these are navigated via highly stylized movements called te-utsuri, which are specific transitions between all of the tone clusters that every fluent shou player must know. This piece does not employ any of the traditional te-utsuri – rather, it is a free exploration of the sonic structures themselves, with the composer’s own Western conceptions of harmony highlighted (and scrutinized) at the forefront.

Orchid Whale (2017)
This piece is the first in a series of whale songs that are improvised through a map of images and colours. Due to the whale’s natural habitat, the cello’s D string is tuned down to C.

Adam Langille
Adam Langille (b. 1995) is a composer, performer, and teacher with an interest in music technology. He received his Bachelor of Music Composition from Acadia University, where he studied with Derek Charke and Peter Togni. He has written for various ensembles including the Acadia Wind Ensemble, Fifth Wind Quintet and Symphony Nova Scotia. Adam also performs in a variety of ensembles including the sound art rock duo DogCatPet, ORO! Orkestra, and the Acadia Gamelan Ensemble.

a flower is always happy (2016)
Adam wrote this piece for India to perform with a multi-track loop pedal in the spring of 2016. It was written with her voice in mind, employs her resting heart rate as an approximate tempo, and uses a poem of the same title by Chögyam Trungpa. Each line of the poem is in a different lydian mode, gradually cycling through the entire circle of fifths. However, the piece is meant to be somewhat minimal - there isn’t a particular need for it to move forward. It is more so intended as a meditation on the poem, while time and repetition push the music forward unintentionally but inevitably.

A flower is always happy because it is beautiful.
Bees sing their song of loneliness and weep.
A waterfall is busy hurrying to the ocean.
A poet is blown by the wind.

A friend without inside or outside
And a rock that is not happy or sad
Are watching the winter crescent moon
Suffering from the bitter wind.

Baikal (2017)
Baikal is an improvised piece inspired by the earth’s deepest and largest freshwater lake, which is located in Siberia. Baikal may also be the clearest and oldest lake on this planet, and holds a sacredness that was threatened by pulp and paper waste depositing through Soviet era Russia. First performed as a duo with Norman Adams, the piece explores clarity of ice, light, and depth mingling with turbulence.

Liam Elliot
Liam Elliot (b. 1990) is a Canadian composer and sound artist based in Canada and the UK. His work seeks to create a sense of place, and reflects a fascination with the sounds and processes of the natural world. He creates acoustic and electroacoustic pieces for concert performance, and builds sound sculptures that directly transform natural processes into musical sound. Liam completed his undergraduate studies at Acadia University, and his master’s at Cambridge University.

Winter Music (2017)
“Winter Music” consists of natural sounds and sounds created by the composer in and around Banff, Canada in January 2017. A few of the sounds were produced through a cello that he built out of ice. In recording these sounds and in creating this piece, Liam wanted to explore the relationship between self and the environment, and to encourage the performer to explore their own relationship to the soundscape created by the piece. “Winter Music” is loosely organized by material in the following order: wind, breath, tree, heart, voice, ice.



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