Sarah Bowman | Empty Houses

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Empty Houses

by Sarah Bowman

Beautiful songs, beautiful music. Sarah created and recorded in a historic concert hall in Switzerland. She performed on cello, pianos and guitar, then worked with top Swiss, US and Dutch musicians to make the powerful sound scape that is 'Empty Houses.'
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Recovered
3:48 album only
2. Planters for the Weeds
3:49 album only
3. Puzzle
3:45 album only
4. Out In the Weather
4:10 album only
5. Give You Reason
5:02 album only
6. The Brothers of Furnace Hill
6:37 album only
7. Salle Sainte Cecile
6:31 album only
8. New York Rain
4:36 album only
9. Yanked
4:40 album only
10. Changing Seasons
5:55 album only
11. Turtledove
2:39 album only
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Album Notes
Empty houses became a symbol for songwriter Sarah Bowman when she was searching for a new place to live. From this experience she gained new perspective on poverty, the division of classes, subtle constants between cultures, and the true meaning of home. The songs in this collection of works entitled 'Empty Houses' reflect on difficult times and offer hope and a sense of purpose needed to push through and feel not alone.

The production of the CD was fitting to the theme. Sarah recorded in the historic La Cappella concert hall off season in the summer of 2010. The rich sound of the hall is captured in the careful placement of her instruments and vocals. Sarah recorded piano, cello, guitar and vocals in the hall before setting off to Amsterdam to collaborate with renowned artist Pim Kops of The Dijk and The Avalanche Quartet. With the help of the staff at La Cappella, and the talents of Bern's local musicians Samuel Baur and Oli Hartung, the album came together as a most genuine and touching creation of a group of friends. (For a complete list please see below.)

During Sarah's period of writing for this album, an earthquake devastated Haiti and turned the school in Port au Prince where Sarah once taught, into ruin. Using the letters of friends and faculty there, Sarah wrote a song about the great concert hall that she remembers well, Salle Sainte Cecile. She dedicates this song and the proceeds of the special edition albums to reinstating a music program at Ecole Sainte Trinite where the concert hall once stood. The album was paid for in part by an online fund raising campaign that proved a high level of anticipation for its completion. Helping Haiti is Sarah's way of giving back.

Album Musicians:
Sarah Bowman- Vocals, Cello, Guitar, Wurlitzer
Pim Kops- Accordion, Rhodes, Guitars
Oli Hartung- Electric Guitars
Samuel Baur- Drums and Percussion
Mike Meadows- Percussion
Claudio Strebel- Bass

Live Band:
Oli Hartung- Electric Guitars
Samuel Baur- Drums and Percussion
Céline-Giulia Voser- Cello

Swiss release date October 14, 2011



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