Missa Gaia Earth Mass
A rhythmic, joyous and contemporary celebration of the Earth in the form of the Mass, featuring the Consort with the voices of the wolf, whale, loon, and the choruses of New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine. This ecological and ecumenical Earth Mass has become an annual tradition at the Cathedral each first Sunday of October.
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A Mass in celebration of Mother Earth, recorded live in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the Grand Canyon.
Integrating world music with songs from the wild to celebrate the whole earth as a sacred space, the MISSA GAIA is performed annually on the first Sunday in October in the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York. It was commissioned by the Dean of the Cathedral as a contemporary ecumencial Mass.
Recorded in the Grand Canyon and during two performances in the Cathedral, the album of this popular contemporary Mass for the Earth features the Paul Winter Consort, Susan Osborn, the voices of wolf, whale, eagle, harp seal, Amazonian musical wren, Russian loon, and the choruses of the Cathedral.
"Winter and company have achieved a distinguished triumph in combining divergent music styles and imaginatively wedding voices, instrumentation and recorded sounds of a tundra wolf, canyon and musical wrens, harp seals, a flight of loons and singing humpback whales." (THE BOSTON GLOBE)
Paul Winter - soprano sax
Nancy Rumbel - oboe and English horn
Eugene Friesen - cello
Jim Scott - classical and 12-string guitar
Susan Osborn - voice
Paul Halley - organ and piano
Ted Moore - percussion
Gordon Johnson - bass
Jim Saporito - percussion
Guilherme Franco - percussion
Phil Markowitz - piano on 'Beatitudes'
Living Music, 1982