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Nightingale (solo flute)

The artistry of a classical musician. The serenity of a yoga teacher. The heart of a mom.

Nightingale is for restless children at naptime. It's for grown-ups seeking deep relaxation. It's for discerning fans of genuine music.

With these enchanting lullabies improvised on solo flute, Sarah Swersey transports listeners of all kinds on a deeply inward journey to a place of emotion and stillness. Half of the tracks on this collection are based on traditional melodies from a variety of cultures: the Yiddish children's song "Alef Bas," the Sephardic lullaby "A La Nana y La Buba," and "Arrorro," a graceful Spanish song that Sarah used to perform in concert during her days with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife in the Canary Islands. True to her classical roots, Sarah also plays variations on the Brahms Lullaby. Perhaps most enchanting, though, are Sarah’s original compositions, particularly the emotionally charged 16-minute "Nina's Peace," dedicated to a cousin who died young. "Mozaique" evokes the sounds, sights, and smells of a family trip to Israel when Sarah was 7 years old. The playful "Magical Fish" was composed for and first performed at the wedding of Sarah’s sister.

The CD was co-produced by the Grammy Award-winning David Darling, the innovative cellist who founded the improvisation organization Music for People. Yoga Journal described Nightingale as "music that can wake you up to a peaceful place in the heart."

The songs:

1. All the Pretty Horses
2. Little Blue
3. Mozaique
4. Alef Bais
5. Nina's Peace
6. Luna Llena
7. A La Nana y La Buba
8. Arrorro
9. Magical Fish
10. Brahms Lullaby

To listen to audio samples or buy the CD, click on one of the links below:
Sarah Swersey: Nightingale

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Dúo Fusión (with Joe Belmont, guitar)

A classical flutist. A jazz guitarist. Worlds apart musically, right?

Actually, Sarah Swersey and Joe Belmont have a common bond that’s essential for a successful collaboration: They both love to stretch themselves. Ever since these individually accomplished musicians came together to perform as Dúo Fusión, they’ve been reaching beyond all genre boundaries.

All of that stretching and more can be heard on Dúo Fusión, their debut CD. In addition to the classical music of J.S. Bach and Gabriel Fauré and the jazz of Miles Davis and Chick Corea, Sarah and Joe delve into traditional sounds of Peru and Ireland and Greece and Italy, and also have a go at “My Favorite Things” and “Manhã de Carnaval,” the theme from the film Black Orpheus. The disc is all over the map, but sublime musicianship enables Dúo Fusión to hold together as a cohesive artistic statement.

The CD has received considerable airplay on both the jazz and classical programs on western New England's NPR affiliate, WFCR (88.5 FM, Amherst, Mass.), and on the jazz and other programs of WMUA (91.1 FM, Amherst). All About Jazz called Dúo Fusión “an ambitious quest to conquer all music types.”

The songs:

1. Bordel 1900 (Astor Piazzolla)
2. Pavane Op 50 (Gabriel Fauré)
3. Misirlou (Michalis Patrinos)
4. Nardis (Miles Davis)
5. Entr'Acte (Jacques Ibert)
6. El Cóndor Pasa (Daniel Alomía Robles)
7. Brandenburg Concerto #5 (first movement) (J.S. Bach)
8. My Favorite Things (Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II)
9. Estate (Bruno Martino)
10. Manhã de Carnaval (Luiz Bonfá & Antonio Maria)
11. Morrison's Jig (traditional, arr. Belmont/Swersey)
12. Spain (Chick Corea)

To listen to audio samples or buy the CD, click on one of the links below:
Duo Fusion: Duo Fusion

Both Nightingale and Dúo Fusión also are
available by mail order for $15 (shipping included).
Send a check (payable to Sarah Swersey) to:
  Sarah Swersey
  PO Box 1321
  Northampton MA 01061

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