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Concert for the Earth

by Paul Winter Consort

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Sun Singer 05:21
Wolf Eyes 08:10
Minuit 04:44


Concert for the Earth was recorded live at the General Assembly of the United Nations on World Environment Day, June 5th, 1984. This album features a "reunion Consort" of twelve including Susan Osborn and Jim Scott, with the 80-voice Back Bay Choral. During "Wolf Eyes," 2,000 people joined in what was the UN's first howl-along chorus.

Paul Winter writes, “I feel a close kinship with the United Nations. We are about the same age, and our goals have much in common. Playing in the General Assembly was a milestone of my musical journey, one that began in the early ‘60s when my college jazz sextet made a long tour through 23 countries in Latin America. That experience showed me the path for my life work and gave birth to my commitment to cultural exchange. It led to the founding of the Consort, a new kind of ensemble, blending instruments and traditions from many cultures. I dedicate this “concert for the earth” to John Monti, my musical teacher in my hometown of Altoona, Pennsylvania, who taught me, by his own life example, about the oneness of all peoples.”

The United Nations Environment Program was established after 113 nations met in Stockholm to launch a massive global effort to develop broad international strategies for protecting the world’s environment. The UNEP monitors global environmental trends and encourages sound environmental practices.

Learn more about the UNEP: www.unenvironment.org


released January 1, 1985


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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

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