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The Grace of the Green Leaf

by Lis Addison

Tribal trance groove designed for vocalizing and ecstatic dance.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. KundaHey
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2. New Nation
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3. My Big Community
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4. Brimming Over
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5. Keen Wisdom
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6. Cooing Doves
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7. Sensory Skin
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Album Notes
“The Grace of the Green Leaf,” Composed, Performed & Recorded by Lis Addison
Is a follow-up CD to “The Song of the Tree” and contains another family of healing tones called Body Chants. These rhythmic chants work on physical areas of the body, much the way Vocal Chakra Healing Tones® do on the energy centers. The music is tribal trance groove music with the Body Chants helping to focus healing sound vibration on various body parts, to cleanse and recalibrate them and to help us really experience their wisdom and the magnificent gifts they are. Body Chants help us tune in to the bodies we live in and are fun, rhythmical sounds to play and experiment with. The music is designed for Ecstatic Dance, Vocalizing and KiVo®: The Kinetic Voice, Lis’ tribal chant & dance practice.

Here’s what Conscious Dancer Magazine has to say about “The Grace of the Green Leaf:”

“Prepare for an audio/movement journey through the plant and animal realms of our own beings. This purifying CD offers the power of body chants to energize and cleanse the spine, belly, heart, sinuses, fingers, toes, and skin. Let the smooth, birdsong melodies fuel your daily tasks, and savor the free movement dance that brings Lis Addison’s medicine alive. Authentically and intentionally moving with this album can open blockages within the body that keep us from being as free and flowing as nature intended. Tune in to the grace of your body.”



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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
It may be fall, but the “grace of the green leaf” endures on Lis Addison’s latest collection of – as the subtitle puts it – “body chants and grooves.”

And groove the CD does. The album is full of driving, propulsive rhythms composed and performed by Addison on her keyboards and synthesizers. She creates graceful, soaring melodies accentuated by ethereal, otherworldly textures and dynamic bass lines.

The percussion, programmed by one of Addison’s studio collaborators, is also spot-on. The percussion really shines on the second track, where it sounds like clapping or tap dancing, or perhaps a combination of both. Together with Addison’s keyboards and powerful vocals, it results in perhaps the most exhilarating and exuberant cut on the album.

Addison’s vocals are the most amazing thing about the CD. She doesn’t sing lyrics. Rather, she chants. However, this is not chanting in the typical sense, such as Gregorian chants or transcendental meditation. It’s actually more like singing chants. And although she is not singing actual words, she emerges as one of the most powerful female vocalists. Addison easily could have been a formidable female rock vocalist on the order of Stevie Nicks or the Wilson sisters of Heart. Addison uses her brilliantly multi-tracked vocals like an instrument, one that is so versatile in its timbre that it can sound like anything from a horn or an electric guitar to African tribal chants.

In fact, the juxtaposition of Addison’s singing chants and electronic grooves gives the album a tribal and primal yet high-tech and futuristic feel. It’s a winning combination that makes the CD stand out as the rare and uniquely exotic soundscape that it is.


Una manera divertida y placentera de apreciar el mundo a través de nuestros sent
The Grace of the Green Leaf es el quinto lanzamiento al mercado de la premiada compositora Lis Addison, un trabajo cuyo principal objetivo es la sanación del cuerpo mediante la unión del sonido, el canto y la danza. The Grace of the Green Leaf es la continuación de su anterior trabajo "The Song of the Tree", una familia de tonos de curación y patrones de voz a la que Addison pone música y ella misma llama "KiVo: The Kinetic Voice". Cada tema incluido en este álbum va dirigido a una parte del cuerpo en concreto, con el fin de desarrollar las emociones que pueden ser percibidas desde esos puntos. Los siete cantos (de larga duración) que nos regala Lis nos brindarán momentos amenos y saludables.

El álbum comienza con "KundaHey", un canto con mucho ritmo que ayudará a que brote la alegría en nosotros estimulando nuestra columna vertebral, el cuerpo y el cerebro. Repetida incesantemente la palabra que da título a la obra, esta es rápida y penetrante, con un marcado y frenético baile.

"New Nation" es mi pieza preferida en este CD. Repetida con sutileza la palabra "NeNeWo" de principio a fin, esta composición trata de espantar los miedos centrándose en nuestro vientre, dejando que fluya toda la energía. Una música con un toque amable y de carácter tranquilizador. Me gusta!.

"My Big Community" posee fuerte aires orientales. Cantada la palabra "MaBaBwa" a ritmo de percusiones y arpegios electrónicos, Addison repite con pasión la palabra. Una música con un cenit pegadizo que se centra en nuestro pecho. Me gusta!.

"Brimming Over" es un canto a nuestros dedos de manos y pies por las acciones que nos permiten hacer, como caminar, correr... Una inquietante música que repite una y otra vez la palabra "EehOh".

Un canto a la sabiduría es "Keen Wisdom", cuya intención es la de poner una sonrisa en nuestros rostros con ritmos danzantes y alegres. el vocablo "Kee" es entonado por Addison hasta la saciedad, única palabra que se ve acompañada de una música electrónica hipnótica y reiterada.

"Cooing Doves" es un dulce canto, un arrullo que alivia las tensiones, ayuda a dejar la mente en blanco y favorece el descanso. La voz de Lis es sedante y la música una fantástica droga relajante.

La última pieza de The Grace of the Green Leaf es un canto al órgano más poderoso del cuerpo, la piel, capaz de percibir cualquier sensación por pequeña que sea. "Sensory Skin" mantiene el mismo estado placido que el track anterior, pero con un toque de misterio. En esta composición, la palabra repetida es "Coour", pero de manera más pausada y menos incesante, dejando protagonismo a la música de fondo.

The Grace of the Green Leaf posee una música interesante, una unión poco habitual y muy acertada. La alianza entre la voz, el canto y el baile creada por Lis Addison es la mejor manera de lograr un bienestar completo; una terapia utilizada en muchos centros de sanación y curación. Esta opción que nos brinda Addison es una manera divertida y placentera de apreciar el mundo a través de nuestros sentidos. The Grace of the Green Leaf es un CD recomendable.


Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"The Grace of the Green Leaf" is Lis Addison’s follow-up to her "The Song of the Tree" and "Medicine Drum Kirtan" CDs. An award-winning composer, vocalist, and dancer, Addison has been combining the three art forms to create groups of healing tones or vocal patterns which she sets to music. First were the Vocal Chakra Healing Tones (VoCHeT) on Song of the Tree, and now Body Chants (BoCha!) for this new album. Each of the seven tracks is focused on a specific part of the body - the base of the spine, the belly, the chest, the fingers and toes, the face, the sinuses and breathing, and the skin. “Body Chants act as focal points for meditation, healing, and ecstatic dance, so one can concentrate on these centers as the magnificent gifts they are.” (Quoted from the liner notes.)

Addison also creates choreography to her music for students of her sound/movement technique called KiVo: The Kinetic Voice. KiVo combines sound healing and chant with tribal dance, giving participants both an inner and an outer workout. Participants are encouraged to dance and sing to the music, which is a fun way to exercise the voice as well as the body. KiVo is designed to “clear the physical and energetic bodies in order to more fully receive and radiate the Spiritual Light.”

Addison holds a BA degree in Music Composition and Environmental Science and an MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College. She has written music for film, video, bands, solo performance, and the concert stage. She has been a vocal student of Nada Yoga and has studied eastern and western vocal and piano styles for more than forty years. She also has extensive training in ballet, modern, jazz, Kathak, and West African dance.

What is particularly interesting, at least for me, is that Addison has taken the ancient traditions of chant and tribal dance and set them to original contemporary music, making her approach fun and accessible to a broader group of people than using just chants and drums. Addison has a remarkable singing voice, and her rhythmic music is catchy and upbeat. To sit and listen to the chanting gets a little too repetitive, but this is music for a specific purpose and is certainly music to be active to. I used the CD for an exercycle workout, and found it invigorating. The rhythms are at a lively pace without being too fast and frantic.