Jamie K. Sims | Gentle Woman of a Dangerous Kind: Documentary Film Score

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Gentle Woman of a Dangerous Kind: Documentary Film Score

by Jamie K. Sims

Original melodic classical piano and chamber works, often with jazz harmonies, by The Cosmopolitans founder. Evocative, Southern, pensive, colorful. Used as soundtrack for documentary about peace/human rights activist "Marii Hasegawa".
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1. Gentle Woman of a Dangerous Kind
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2. Birds Turning At Sunst
2:11 $0.99
3. Circus Girl I
0:56 $0.99
4. Circus Girl II
1:15 $0.99
5. Farewell
1:41 $0.99
6. Chimera
1:27 $0.99
7. Swans (from Kenilworth Lake)
2:33 $0.99
8. Southern Crescent
6:00 $0.99
9. Lullaby
2:39 $0.99
10. Midnight Mockingbird
3:17 $0.99
11. Viennese Sonata: I. Delicately
3:25 $0.99
12. Viennese Sonata: II. Crisply
1:14 $0.99
13. Viennese Sonata: III. Deliberately
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Album Notes
From the Composer

This is a collection of works that I intended to use in the documentary film Marii Hasegawa: Gentle Woman of a Dangerous Kind. Most of them made it, some of them are not in the film and are only heard on this CD.

Tracks 1 - 6 are often grouped together as a set called Piano Portraits, and are memorials to specific individuals.
The title track, “Gentle Woman of a Dangerous Kind,” contains the original documentary theme that I wrote in the mid-1990s. When the film project stalled for a few years, I used this melody for a memorial piano work honoring another fearless, tireless, and inspired woman who worked for social justice in Greensboro, N.C. - Louise Jordan Smith. It is this version that is in the film.

Track 7, “Swans,” is the first movement of Kenilworth Lake, a two-movement work for flute and piano. It is based on a childhood event that took place in winter on a lake in North Carolina. This live performance was recorded in 2004 by Susan Hayes (flute) and Narciso Solero (piano) of the EcoVoce Ensemble. EcoVoce helps raise ecological awareness through the performance of music about nature and our environment. www.ecovoce.org

Tracks 8 - 10 were originally written as a song set, Magnolia Opera, for soprano and piano. “Southern Crescent” is my ode to the train. It started as a respite poem written while riding the rails from New York to Florida. I transcribed the instrumental version years later.
“Lullaby” was written as a memorial.
“Midnight Mockingbird” was inspired by the persistent bird that tortured and entranced me on warm spring nights in Richmond, Virginia.
Performers for these three works came from my residency in the Shenandoah Valley. Bev Salyards, trumpet, was a college student, and Douglas Wandersee, saxophones, was college faculty.

Tracks 11 - 13 comprise Viennese Sonata, one of the last pieces I wrote as a student while studying with Roger Hannay at UNC-Chapel Hill. He, in fact, named the work. My intention was to invoke three distinct classical-era composers. The three movements were recorded live during my final performance at Hill Hall with only one ambient mic connected to a 2-track reel-to-reel recorder in the attic above. Viennese Sonata hasn’t been heard since this performance in 1976.



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Albert Carlson

A Real Treasure With Staying Power
I've been familiar with Ms Sims's music for several years and have caught a number of live performances of her compositions in Richmond, VA. These pieces only get better with age and are the kind of music I love to listen to and just get lost in another world. The depth of the compositions allow for a refreshing new experience with each listening. But you need to purchase this CD to get the full effect. In my opinion, this goes double for Southern Crescent, which requires the entire 6:00 minutes to take you the entire trip of this magnificent journey. An interesting note that I learned was that the Southern Crescent was a famous train that traveled from New Orleans to Washington, D.C. . The performances on this CD range from the heartfelt to the playful. I recommend this to anyone who is serious about music.