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Gjellonden

by Pamela Mortensen

Magic and storytelling with didgeridoo
Genre: World: World Beat
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1. Gjellonden
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2. Circular
Pamela Mortensen
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3. Jalu Den
Pamela Mortensen
3:54 $0.99
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4. Musicboxstory
Pamela Mortensen
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5. Bevingad
Pamela Mortensen
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6. Firelight
Pamela Mortensen
4:48 $0.99
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7. Bellydancer (W George Sedak)
Pamela Mortensen & George Sedak
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8. Okvar Bud Ot
Pamela Mortensen
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9. Refuge
Pamela Mortensen
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Award winning musician, Pamela Mortensen weaves the versatile voice of didgeridoo with voice and a few surprises for rich and colorful album that reflects her Scandinavian and Turkish heritage.

In a world of so many changes and transformations, mixtures and blending it is my pleasure the present to you with love an album born from the fjords of Scandinavia and the sands of the desert in a variety of sounds and surprises. I dedicate this to you with love. Thank you so much for listening and enjoy!

About Pamela

Pamela Mortensen, has had a long and colorful career in music that began at the age of six with the organ. This first love led her to a lifetime of sound synthesis, playing keyboards, singing, and composition but nothing prepared her for the didgeridoo.
Didgeridoo
In 2005, this seemingly simple instrument inspired a completely new path of exploration in sound for Pamela through an early recording called Rainbow Serpent made by Aboriginal artist David Hudson. Since then she has embarked on bringing the didgeridoo and it's haunting sound to more of the mainstream music through performance, recording and teaching. Seeing the didgeridoo as an organic synthesizer, she weaves voice, diaphragm, intricate Middle Eastern and Eastern European rhythms with urban beats to develop her own unique sound that is all at once powerful but feminine.
She continues to hone her craft, refine and develop her work in didgeridoo as well as voice as a performer and didgeridoo builder. She is one of the handful of women in the world who perform, record and build professionally. She has performed and presented workshops all over the Western United States and British Columbia, Canada and regarded as one of the top players in the US.
Her devotion to didgeridoo has taken her through collaborations with Egyptian tabla player George Sedak, Cittaflow, Edward Zincavage, Alexandra Be, Sacred Fire Flute Ensemble, Vasudeva and video artist and poet VJ Tasara. The latter has resulted in the mesmerizing show of sound and light Speaking from Spaces in 2009 .
Composition
Composing has been at the forefront of Pamela's focus since she was a teenager living in Olympia, Washington. Combining her didgeridoo playing skills, singing and keyboard skills she has created a rich and colorful palette of sounds ranging from somber ambient soundscapes to rhythmically driven pieces. Albums such as Mosaic and Gjellonden reflect her wide range of sounds and expressiveness endearing her to audiences who hear her.
Singing
Pamela begin singing in 1989 and found an additional art form to add to her already rich palette of musical experience. She trained with Richard Asher in Seattle in the early 90's singing mostly classical based music. Then in 2004, she branched out into world music after being inspired by Dead Can Dance singer Lisa Gerrard. Pamela found her niche in blending Middle Eastern inspired tunes with ambient lyricism. The result has been a haunting and ethereal blend of music that highlights her rich deep tones and vocal range. Her other influences have been , Mari boine, Sheila Chandra and Jon Birgisson who is the lead singer the Icelandic band Sigur Ros.
Keyboard
Though keyboard performance has taken a back seat to didgeridoo and voice for Pamela, still her prowess with a piano and synthesizer remain She has played a wide variety of music on keyboard including ragtime, classical, blues, world music and popular standards. this broad range of skills have come into play when it comes to her own compositions. Pieces such as Refuge and Why Not? serve to showcase her range in skill and style.
On a Personal Note
I would like to express my deep gratitude to the First Peoples of Australia for the willingness to share this instrument and their culture as a means of bridging an understanding of their culture. If it wasn't for this willingness, I would not have learned about your amazing culture nor be able to do the work I'm doing. Thank you for sharing this beautiful instrument!

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