Silver Solstice

Paul Winter Consort

Released 2005

Run Time: Disc 1 – 69 minutes 48 seconds; Disc 2 – 72 minutes 50 seconds

Produced by: Paul Winter and Dixon Van Winkle

©℗2005 Earth Music Productions, LLC

Since 1980, the Grammy® Award-winning Paul Winter Consort has celebrated the Winter Solstice, the seasonal rite of passage, with a musical feast from the cornucopia of cultures and creatures of the world, at thee Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. To commemorate their 25th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration, Living Music released a box-set entitled Silver Solstice, featuring the Consort with a host of special guests. The album includes the entire performance of the 25th celebration, plus 10 tracks from previous years’ solstice events. The box-set presents the 142 minutes of music on 2 stereo CDs, and also in Surround Sound on one bonus DVD-Audio disc.

For three decades, Paul Winter has put forth his musical vision of the community of the Earth, beginning with his landmark album COMMON GROUND in the 1970s. Silver Solstice embraces the musical traditions of many cultures, and includes voices from what Winter calls “the greater symphony of the Earth” – whale, wolf and uirapuru (the musical wren of the Amazon rainforest) – a trilogy of voices representing the sea, the land, and the air.

The special guests on Silver Solstice include gospel singer Theresa Thomason, Brazilian diva Luciana Souza, sean nos (old style) Celtic singer Noirin Ni Riain, Armenian singer and percussionist Arto Tuncboyacian, Brazilian guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves, Irish Uillean piper Davy Spillane, Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart, mbira master Chris Berry, and the nine-voice Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble from Russia.

“For the last 25 years, Paul Winter a been performing winter solstice shows in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. By and large, this is where he has stretched his music, working with virtuoso players from across the musical spectrum, but especially world music. Silver Solstice is the definitive document of this annual event. In addition to the two main discs, there is also a DVD-Audio disc with 5.1 surround mixes that puts you in the middle of the Cathedral.” 

– John Diliberto 


Paul Winter | soprano sax

Eugene Friesen | cello

Rhonda Larson | flute

Paul Halley | keys

Eliot Wadopian | bass

Russ Landau | bass

Gordon Gottlieb | percussion

Sammy Figueroa | percussion

Glen Velez | percussion

Davy Spillane | Uillean pipes

Paul Sullivan | keys

Theresa Thomason |voice

Oscar Castro-Neves | guitar

Tim Brumfield | organ

Jamey Haddad | drums

Bill Cahn | percussion

Arto Tunçboyacıyan | voice, szabo, percussion

Damian Draghici | panflute

Chris Berry | mbira, voice, percussion

Nóirín Ní Riain | voice, shruti box

Dorothy Papadakos | organ

Mark Perchanok | heckelphone

Scott Sloan | sun gong

Satoshi Takeishi | percussion

Mickey Hart | RAMU

Vardan Grigoryan | zurna

Luciana Souza | voice

Paul Meyers | guitar

Nilson Matta | bass

Oscar Castro-Neves | guitar

Kecia Lewis-Evans | voice

Susan Osborn | voice


Nancy Rumbel | English horn

Jim Scott | guitar

Ted Moore | percussion

Jordan Rudess | keys

Cafe | percussion

Pete Seeger | guitar, voice

Gordon Bok | guitar, voice

Dimitri Donders | French hunting horn

The Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble: Maria Nefedova, Olga Yukecheva, Marina Cherkashina, Svetlana Dorokhova, Irina Shiskina, Svetlana Sorokina Subbotina, Evgeny Kharlamov, Mikhail Korzin, Andrei Samsonov, Dmitri Pokrovsky, Alexander Danilov, Elena Sidorenko, Sergei Zhirkov, Tamara Smyslova, Arthur Partosh, Anna Konukhova, Andrei Kotov, Nini Savistkaya, Dmitri Fokin, Vladimir Teplov, Irina Ponomaryova, Sergei Grigoriev




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