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Bumblebee Honor Song

from Crestone by Paul Winter

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    Grammy® Award-winning CRESTONE celebrates Colorado’s San Luis Valley, featuring Apache musician John-Carlos Perea, who sings in the Northern Plains Indian tradition; the voices of Mountain Bluebird, Red-winged Blackbird, Whooping Crane, Meadowlark, Sandhill Cranes, Coyotes, and Buffalo; and the Consort, including Paul Winter on soprano sax, Paul McCandless, oboe and bass clarinet; Eugene Friesen, cello; Glen Velez, percussion, Koji Nakamura, Japanese taiko drum.

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John-Carlos Perea: “Bumblebee Honor Song is a children’s honoring song that I composed while teaching pow-wow music at the Friendship House in San Francisco. I had met there a 4-year old girl named Bumblebee. She loved to sing and dance, and her joy and excitement were contagious. Not long after the class was over, it came as an extreme shock to hear that Bumblebee had passed away. This song was made to recognize and acknowledge the way she had touched those around her during her short life.”


from Crestone, released December 17, 2007
Written by: John-Carlos Perea (Aerep Music, ASCAP)

John-Carlos Perea, voice, drum
Glen Velez, shakers


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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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