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)
released 15 October 1982
- 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'
Paul Winter is a seven-time Grammy-winning saxophonist, whose sextet was the first jazz group to perform at the White House
in 1962. His second group, the Paul Winter Consort, interweaves sounds from the natural world with classical and ethnic traditions, and the spontaneous spirit of jazz. Their annual Winter Solstice Celebrations and Earth Mass are among the most popular events in New York....more