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Katherine Hoover: Canyon Shadows

by Joanne Lazzaro & Dreamcatcher

A modern mix of Native American, classical and world music influences that capture the beauty and spirit of the Grand Canyon and the American southwest, featuring native flute, classical flute and world percussion.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Searching
Joanne Lazzaro & Dreamcatcher
3:08 $0.99
2. Moving In
Joanne Lazzaro & Dreamcatcher
2:54 $0.99
3. Echo
Joanne Lazzaro & Dreamcatcher
2:21 $0.99
4. Celebration
Joanne Lazzaro & Dreamcatcher
3:53 $0.99
5. Dusk
Joanne Lazzaro & Dreamcatcher
2:46 $0.99
6. Searching (Desert Dawn Mix)
Joanne Lazzaro & Dreamcatcher
3:14 $0.99
7. Echo (Canyon Mix)
Joanne Lazzaro & Dreamcatcher
2:30 $0.99
8. Dusk (Desert Nightfall Mix)
Joanne Lazzaro & Dreamcatcher
3:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
Canyon Shadows by Katherine Hoover
World Premiere recording performed by: Joanne Lazzaro and Dreamcatcher - Terry Wolff and Dean Hinkley
Cover Art: Mergence (watercolor & ink painting) by Erica Fareio

“Katherine Hoover is an extraordinary composer. She has a wide and fascinating vocabulary which she uses with enormous skill. Her music is fresh and individual. It is dazzlingly crafted…” John Corigliano

Of all Katherine Hoover’s pieces for flute, Canyon Shadows remained (until now) the only unpublished and unrecorded of her many award-winning compositions. A few years ago, I contacted Katherine and she graciously sent me a score. Our trio started performing it and audiences really enjoyed the music, so into the recording studio we went….

Canyon Shadows for native flute in G minor, concert C flute, and percussion, was commissioned by the Grand Canyon Music Festival and premiered in September, 1999, by R. Carlos Nakai (Native American flute), Clare Hoffman (flute), and Gordon Gottlieb (percussion). The music, inspired by the haunting and breathtakingly beautiful canyons of the American Southwest, combines several overlapping spheres: those of the native flute & silver flute; native music & classical music; and sounds of nature & notated music. The three bonus tracks expand on the nature sounds portrayed in the music and capture the soundscape of the southwestern desert - eagles, coyotes, wind, thunder and lastly, the welcome rain.

“In my mind’s eye I saw a band of native ancestors searching for a home, finding a canyon and moving in. In the third movement their calls echo across the canyon. There is a celebration, and the piece ends with dusk settling in, with chirps and murmurs, bats, and memories.” Katherine Hoover

Canyon Shadows – for native flute, C-flute and percussion

The first five tracks present the five-movement suite in classical performance form – everything you hear was performed in real-time in the studio, as if on the concert stage. The nature mix “bonus tracks” have sounds added that augment (or in some cases, mimic) the sound effects performed by the instruments – birds, rain, wind, thunder, and even coyotes!

Joanne Lazzaro plays Native American flutes in G minor (made by Tim Blueflint/Shades of Rez and Odell Borg/High Spirits) on tracks 1,2,4,5, 6, 8; Native American flute in bass D minor (made by High Spirits) on tracks 3 & 7, and eagle whistle (made by Durian Songbird) on tracks 1, 5, 6, & 8.
Terry Wolff plays concert C-flute on tracks 1,2,4,5,6,8, and alto flute on tracks 3 & 7.
Dean Hinkley plays an impressive collection of world percussion instruments (cajon, clay doumbek, tambourine, maracas, bamboo claves, seed pod rattle, cricket, rattan seed shaker, wind chimes, antique cymbals) on all 8 tracks.

1. Searching (3:12)
2. Moving In (2:56)
3. Echo (2:24)
4. Celebration (3:54)
5. Dusk (2:50)

Nature mix bonus tracks
6. Searching – Desert dawn mix (3:16)
7. Echo – Canyon mix (2:33)
8. Dusk – Desert nightfall mix (3:04)

Katherine Hoover was born in West Virginia and resides in New York where she maintains an active career as composer, conductor, and flutist. Canyon Shadows is one of a series of compositions (including her most famous work - Kokopelli, for solo flute, and Canyon Echoes, for flute and guitar) that were inspired by the extraordinary natural beauty of the American southwest, and the culture of the Hopi people. She is the recipient of a National Endowment Composer’s Fellowship and many other awards, including an Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award in Composition. Ten of her pieces have won the National Flute Association’s Newly Published Music Competition. She received the National Flute Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

The Dreamcatcher trio includes Los Angeles-based musicians Joanne Lazzaro, world flutes, Native American flutes & whistles; Terry Wolff, jazz flute & alto flute; and Dean Hinkley, world percussion. The group formed in 2012 to perform pieces written for various combinations of world flutes and percussion, as well as fully-improvised music “played from the heart”. Joanne, whose own music is a fusion of world, New Age and Native American styles, arranged the 3rd movement Echo for alto flute in G and Native American flute in D minor. She also designed the nature mixes for Searching, Echo and Dusk. Dreamcatcher is the first ensemble to record Canyon Shadows.

Cover art: Mergence
“This painting depicts the confluence of the Little Colorado and Mother Colorado rivers in Grand Canyon. The source of the beautiful turquoise waters comes from a spring named the Sipapuni by the Hopis. According to their creation story, this spring is the place of their emergence into this world. In the foreground of the painting we see the waves building, forming and cresting. A wave looking deeply into herself will see that she is made up of all the other waves, and will no longer feel she is cut off from everything around her. All of the elements here - the water, the rocks, and sky - are reaching upwards, pushing up, inviting us to join them, encouraging us to reach our highest good and potential.” Erica Fareio

Dedications -
My most heartfelt thank you to everyone who worked on or had a part in the creation of this album, and especially - Katherine for your guidance, Terry and Dean for all your hard work & musicianship, Nik for listening to many hours of rehearsals, everyone at Bell Sound for use of your excellent studio, Todd for your patience & wisdom, and Andrea for being a gracious & welcoming host. Grateful also to Odell Borg, Tim Blueflint Ramel, and Durian Songbird for creating beautiful flutes that capture the essence of this music.

Album credits -
Composer: Katherine Hoover
Dreamcatcher: Joanne Lazzaro – Native American flutes in G minor & D minor, eagle whistle; Terry Wolff – C flute, alto flute in G; Dean Hinkley – cajon, clay doumbek, tambourine, maracas, bamboo claves, seed pod rattle, cricket, rattan seed shaker, wind chimes, antique cymbals.
Producer: Joanne Lazzaro
Arranger: Tracks 5, 6, 7 & 8 – Joanne Lazzaro
Recorded January 31, 2015 at Bell Sound, Hollywood, CA
Recording Engineer: Michael Coromina
Mixed by: Todd Boston at Magic Cottage Studios, Lagunitas, CA
Mastered by: Wayne Peet at Newzone Studio, Los Angeles
Cover art: Mergence by Erica Fareio
Published by JoRazzal Music
Manufactured and printed by Disc Makers, Pennsauken, NJ, USA

Copyright 2018 Joanne Lazzaro. All rights reserved.



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Steve Sheppard

Be enraptured by this beautiful release
It’s good to see a new Joanne Lazzaro album appear on my desktop, I was only thinking about her release Under the Stars from 2015 the other day, amazing to think that three years have since past, but here she is with a band called Dreamcatcher and producing a wonderfully natural release for us all to enjoy more of her ever so fluent flute once again. The album score was originally written by Katherine Hoover and this is the first album Joanne has produced.
Canyon Shadows is an eight piece album that starts with the opener Searching, an inventive and calming offering that draws a peace filled narrative for to carry us along to a more vibrant offering entitled Moving In, here we almost dance to the rhythm’s she creates; this is a special offering as well, a nice layered composition can be found here with flutes that seems to hover, twist and turn with each other.
Lazzaro became a bit of a fan favourite with her last album, and I can see the same happening with this one too, her long notes pull us in on the piece Echo, one which has a delightful haunting energy that transforms with the percussion and allows us to drift easily into the next track called Celebration with great ease. This is a real fun offering, a lively tempo can be found here, but the organic feel of this arrangement was incredibly appealing to me and I would think also for many of the listeners who adore this genre.
With pieces like the sultry and mysterious Dusk, a track that I actually had to play several times; the attention to detail here is amazing, there is also an almost touching of the hem, of the classical minimalistic style, that does indeed graphically portray this time of day here.
Quite appropriately Searching (Desert Dawn Mix) is next and natural sounds lead us into a track that has a slow and warm nature about its construction, within this piece one could feel like they are walking towards an oasis on the edge of some vast desert in the early hours of the day.
Two further remixes end the album as we take an alternative look at the track Echo with the Canyon Mix and finish with re-envisioned musical musing of the track Dusk with the Desert Night Fall Mix, both very inventive and well-crafted mixes indeed.
Canyon Shadows by Joanne Lazzaro has that real organic feel about it; one that I am sure will appeal to lovers of naturally manifested music. Lazzaro’s flute performances are profoundly inventive and well played, she has really become the story teller of her genre and I am sure that the listeners will be enraptured by this fresh and spontaneous release.

R J Lannan - Artisan Music Reviews

Katherine Hoover - Canyon Shadows
Joanne Lazzaro and Dreamcatcher
Katherine Hoover – Canyon Shadows

The Complexity of Six Finger Holes

Well known flutist Joanne Lazzaro and her band Dreamcatcher offer an evocative performance on some of the most complex music ever heard. Lazzaro and friends take on the multifaceted music of the late composer Katherine Hoover on their latest release Canyon Shadows. Hoover was a recognized flutist and composer based in New York City. Canyon Shadows – a five movement Suite for flute, Native American flute and world percussion, contains subtexts from nature, Native American music, and medieval elements. This is her music, originally written for the Grand Canyon Music Festival in 1999, but never recorded until this world-premiere recording. Lazzaro who is somewhat of a perfectionist herself seems to extract many of the nuances of Hoover’s compositions, some hidden and some obvious. However, Joanne does not do this alone. She had the competent help of Dreamcatcher, consisting of Terry Wolff on jazz flute and Dean Hinckley on percussion. Together they make music that resounds from the valleys, bounces off the skies, and ends up deep in our spirits. The album consists of two sections. The “concert version” of Canyon Shadows is five tracks of compelling Native American and ethnic fare with complexities and animation woven together into a musical mantle of natural beauty. And the Nature Mix Bonus Tracks offer the three slow tracks with different perspectives compliments of Joanne Lazzaro.
The opening track, Searching, seems to have a vein of mystery about it. Its very essence seems to come out of the mists and envelop the listener, warm and cool, far and distant. Lazzaro and Wolff form a duet of complementary ambient echoes. Are they searching for each other or for something more?
Moving In has a lively cadence, a bit of a march of you will, but it is a sunny, eclectic tune with a bit if dissonance about it. The two flutes dance around each other as if they are challenging each other for dominance. The singularity settles out as harmony regains its place. It is the music of changes, beginnings, and consequences.
Echo epitomizes the kind of Native American flute music with which most people are familiar. Sometimes warbling, sometimes distant, it is the sound that bounces off the canyons and ascends into the universe(s). It is too short for my liking, but in it, Hinckley gets to add his distinctive sound.
Tom toms create the beat in the tune Celebration. The tune is not as high spirited as I would have thought, but the festivity may be beyond the sound that I am hearing. There is certainly a regaling of the spirit that goes along with this animated theme.
Rattles and what sounds like a fanfare opens the tune Dusk and there are variations of this song on the album. Lazzaro and Wolff offer dual polyphony in a movement that is sometimes lighthearted, but otherwise intricate in its structure. Their timing is faultless.
It opens with thunder. Dusk - Desert Nightfall Mix although a variation on the previous theme, seemed very different to me and it was my favorite on Canyon Shadows. This track for some unknown reason put me in mind of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf in where instruments take on the life of their characters. In this last track you can hear the coyote as he roams through the darkness, not ready to end his day just yet. A thunder storm comes from the west and rain falls heavily to the earth. There are extraordinary musical conversations in this melody. Every member of the trio breathes life into this story.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the wonderful cover art for this album. Erica Fareio’s illustration is a wonderful textured line drawing with bold colors and plays on light and shadow that complement the music inside.
Joanne Lazzaro and company have transformed Katherine Hoover’s elaborate compositions into a palatable and pleasurable work. What is has is equilibrium. It is like a triangular prism balancing on a single point of light. The symmetry makes its own unique sound in the universe.