Paul Winter returns to his favorite acoustic space on Earth, the Grand Canyon, to create his first solo album, a musical adventure accompanied by the ambient sounds of Canyon Wren, Raven, Hummingbird, White-throated Swift, Mourning Dove, Crickets, wind, rain and thunder.
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Nominated for a Grammy Aware in 1998, CANYON LULLABY is Paul Winter's long-awaited first solo sax album, and the first Surround Sound album of music recorded in the wilderness.
Lyrical and haunting, CANYON LULLABY showcases Winter's soulful soprano sax within the extraordinary acoustics of the Grand Canyon, among a symphony of wildlife voices.
During the creation of CANYON LULLABY between 1995 and 1997, Winter made three recording expeditions into the Grand Canyon in search of the sound-ambience that captured the feeling he wanted to express in his music. He and his team of engineers backpacked two 8-track digital machines and a solar power system into a remote area of the Canyon where they found the 7-second reverberation time Winter had been seeking. The result is a profound experience of the Canyon; Winter's rich tones and yearning melodies resonate in the awesome space, and the recordings reflect the Canyon's varying moods as the ever-changing background voices of birds and insects from dawn to deep night become part of the music.
Winter previously recorded an ensemble album in the Grand Canyon, his 1996 ground-breaking and best-selling "Canyon", which was also nominated for a Grammy Award. He has won Grammys for his recent albums: "Spanish Angel", recorded live on a concert tour of Spain, "Prayer For The Wild Things", recorded in wilderness areas of the Northern Rockies, and "Celtic Solstice", a contemporary celebration of the Summer Solstice.
Continuing Winter's legacy of state-of-the-art outdoor recordings, and further refining his musical-ecological vision, CANYON LULLABY is a tender lovesong to one of the most dramatic yet intimate landscapes on earth.
Living Music, 1997