"The musicianship is very high, and the music is fantastic. The talent it requires to pull this off for a whole album is nothing short of amazing!” – Kevin Wood, New Vision Promotion
On a warm summer night, a thrilling conversation emerged between three friends, Dana Cunningham, cellist Max Dyer, and Jeff Oster on trumpet, who played to a packed audience at the beautiful Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, Maine.
Featuring new work as well as improvisations on favorite compositions, such as The Color of Light and Swimming with Stones the album also includes an inspired rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah (titled Orison for a Stranger).
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To create music is first to listen – an exquisite attention – a silent conversation in the sanctuary of the heart - that awakens our truest, unfettered response. As in music, so in life.
On a warm summer night, a thrilling conversation emerged between three friends – music played in the moment, never to be experienced quite the same way again. For those of you who were there, I could not have asked for a more engaged and enthusiastic audience.
My deepest gratitude to Max and Jeff, for listening so well, for your remarkable contributions, and for your love.
From the hundred year old lights that once hung in a church, to the tree-filled windows at the back of the stage, the people who gather, and the good food shared, to the musicians who keep coming to play, and my friend, Carol Noonan, who had the dream – the Stone Mountain Arts Center is a magical place. This recording is a testament to what happens when it all comes together. Thank you, Carol.
Thank you Pat, for a stunning recording; and Corin, for your brilliant and patient work, and for being so much fun.
Bruce, for your ever sustaining support and inexhaustible creative spirit.
And always, my deepest thanks to my brother Scott, my family, and to so many beautiful friends for the countless ways you have made all the difference. May the music keep opening new doors.
Dana Cunningham Piano
Max Dyer Cello
Jeff Oster Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Chime
Recorded LIVE at the Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, Maine July 17, 2010
Produced by Dana Cunningham
All compositions by Dana Cunningham except where noted.
Recorded by Pat O’Donnell, Stone Mountain Mobile
Mixed and mastered by Corin Nelsen
Album design and Photography by Bruce Kennett www.brucekennettstudio.com Album artwork: Stone Mountain Concert by Candace Maher
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©2010 Dana Cunningham
1. Love’s Last Ember 5:59
2. Interlude by Max Oyer And Jeff Oster 1:21
3. Firebird 5:39
4. Christmas Tree At Crystal Lake (adaptation) 4:53
5. In The Moment by Jeff Oster 2:24
6. Bibo no Aozora by Ryuichi Sakamoto 3:06
7. Chimes On Rock Mountain 2:57
8. The Color Of Light 9:48
9. Amazing Grace 3:11
10. Fool’s Gold (adaptation) by Jeff Oster 3:23
11. Swimming With Stones 6:08
12. Flying Over Water 4:20
Stone Mountain Lament by Carol Noonan (written for and inspired by the Stone Mountain Arts Center) 2:01
Orison For A Stranger by Dana Cunningham | Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen 6:30
Publishing: Track 6: © 1995 Kab America Inc. (World Ex. Japan), Kab Inc. (Japan)
Track 14: Sony/Atv Songs LLC 100%
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