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“Icarus” has been the Consort’s theme song since 1970, when Ralph Towner composed it for them. They’ve played it a thousand times but never tire of it - a tribute to Ralph’s extraordinary gift as a composer. This recording is from the Consort’s performance at the United Nations on World Environment Day, 1984. Oscar Castro-Neves’ guitar here adds a touch of Brazilian flavor, implicitly felt in Ralph’s original arrangement.


from Anthems, released January 1, 2006
Written by Ralph Towner (Distant Hills Music, ASCAP)

Paul Winter | soprano sax
Paul Halley | piano
Jim Scott | guitar
Susan Osborn | voice
Glen Velez | percussion
Ted Moore | percussion
Eugene Friesen | cello
Oscar Castro-Neves | guitar
John Clark | French horn
Russ Landau | bass
Guilherme Franco | percussion
Kimati Dinizulu | percussion


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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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