Sarah Heath | Archeology of Night

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Archeology of Night

by Sarah Heath

Like Norah at the piano, doing spoken word and song in the jazz vein of Tom Waits. Sensuous, hip, dreamlike, and edgy; with poetry by Franz Douskey.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Uncertain Days
2:26 $0.99
2. Topiary in Snow
2:53 $0.99
3. Kitchen Light
2:53 $0.99
4. Orpheus on the Street Corner
2:06 $0.99
5. Winter Watch
2:05 $0.99
6. Hot Suns of Great Whiteness
2:24 $0.99
7. Storm at the Mill
2:47 $0.99
8. Charles Ives
3:52 $0.99
9. Up From the Mud
5:03 $0.99
10. Waiting for Civilization
3:23 $0.99
11. Issuing Darkness
2:31 $0.99
12. Stars
2:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
Think of wood smoke in a midnight kitchen, the music of Miles, whirling topiaries of snow, mankind’s hapless rise from the mud and there you have but a few of the themes of Archeology of Night, Sarah Heath’s intimate musical settings of selected poems by noted New England writer Franz Douskey, whose work has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications such as Rolling Stone, The Nation, and The New Yorker.

Sarah’s velvety spoken word and jazz flavored songs will easily carry listeners over Douskey’s unpredictable and often unsettling terrain of the human landscape, accompanied by piano, bass and percussion. The idea is reminiscent of Jack Kerouac’s explorations of jazz and beat poetry in the 50’s, but with an entirely different aesthetic. Ms. Heath is an expressive vocalist and composer who has thoughtfully combined music and spoken word here in ways that are both artistic and compelling. The result is a collection that is whimsical, irreverent, heartfelt, experimental, and utterly fresh.

Sarah Heath has previously performed and recorded extensively with The Heath Sisters, and has appeared in books and CD’s by Sandra Boynton, notably “Philadelphia Chickens,” nominated for a Grammy in 2003.

Her solo projects include the 2009 instrumental Solstice recording, “Wintersong,” for piano, guitar, celesta, and alto glockenspiel.

She is currently working on “The Song Garden for Piano,” an illustrated Kodaly influenced teaching series for young beginners. She teaches middle school music and private piano students by day and plays in a steel drum band on Monday nights. In the summer she heads for the woods, due North.



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Mark Davenport

Cool, Reflective, Soothing, Hip!
Seamlessly morphing from a late night at a New York City jazz joint in the 50s (“Issuing Darkness,” “Up From the Mud,” “Kitchen Light”) to the gospel-tinged and life affirming “Waiting for Civilization,” Sarah Heath juxtaposes speak and sing in a dreamy musical and poetic tableau. “Charles Ives,” with music set to the poetry of Franz Douskey, recalls both the time and place of the 20th-century American musical icon and, with “Topiary in Snow,” also summons the spirit of early Joni Mitchell. “Hot Suns of Great Whiteness” is especially strong, evoking the cool jazz stylings of the mid 60s, with rhythmic punctuations and chordal underpinnings in the vein of Herbie Hancock. It’s hard not to compare this album with some of the great jazz singers and songwriters; yet, there is an originality that defies description—perhaps the most unexpected surprise with this very satisfying CD. Highly recommended!