Hello, salut, ia orana,
I am Nadine Jeanne, a singer and songwriter coming from the traditions of jazz, exploring on the piano my own new territory of song; wandering like my family blood, emerging from oceans and far away islands. I would love to reach beyond with other artists. Exploring, searching, traveling :-)
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This song is about one of the most archaic symbiosis between human mankind and the earth. The peasants humble plea to his lands, ready to work with his hands and in his sweat. I started with piano and voice building the structure and atmosphere of the song. Mauro came up with the arrangement, based on electronic grooves, sampling different objects to recreate the sound of working the land. Natalie gave trumpet parts, lightening up the mood of the plea in an almost New Orleans marching band spirit. Msafiri wrote a poem in his language.
This song is inspired by the beautiful place in the middle of the italian Alps, where I was born and where I grow up. High Mountains and old Trees. Thank you, Nadine, for bringing this Song with your beautiful voice to life. First law of thermodynamics: "Energy can neither be created nor be destroyed, it can simply be transferred from one form to another."
“If you love a flower that lives on a star, it is sweet to look at the sky at night. All the stars are a-bloom with flowers...” (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince). Through a sincere, respectful and always evolving romantic love, we can win over all obstacles, overcome our differences and develop into a person, whose love extends to all humanity. Thank you Nadine, for your wonderful contributions.
I was thinking of my sister, my friends and many great ladies of musical history and the arts; their stories of hardship and growing and the importance of encouragement and support for one another. I developed the song just like it is on piano and with voice, searching for an uplifting energy. Suzy joined in and I am very grateful for her ideas and feelings enfolding on her saxophone.
First sparks on piano were inspired by impressionistic colors. Then I wanted to make the song grow with groove and experiments on orchestration. I am happy that Florian contributed several guitars and exchanged ideas.
The Composition is in the form of an eight bar canon. There are four entry points for each individual instrument and four vocal parts. The four parts symbolize the four gates to a Tibetan mandala. Entering through the gates assists the process of removing obstacles. The auspicious number eight is represented in the eight bars and also the eight parts. The opening of the tune is a free interpretation of the eight bar melody enhanced by the haunting Australian native sounds of the didgeridoo. The didgeridoo re-appears at the end of the song.