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“Minuit” is a village song from Guinea in West Africa. Paul Winter first heard it in the Ballets Africaines in 1966, and it’s been part of his life ever since. Paul has a special affection for “Minuit,” not just for its exquisite simple beauty, but because it taught Paul that it was ok for him to sing. For in village music, just as in a wolf pack, everybody sings. This song has been the finale of their Winter Solstice Celebration every year since they began in 1980. The original words are from the French: “Minuit, s’amuse” (Midnight amuses herself).


from Everybody Under the Sun: Voices of Solstice (The Singers), released December 6, 2019
Paul Winter / voice, soprano sax
Paul Halley / voice, piano
Theresa Thomason / voice
Kecia Lewis-Evans / voice
Eugene Friesen / cello
Eliot Wadopian / bass
Glen Velez / percussion
Satoshi Takeishi / percussion
Bill Cahn / percussion
Scott Sloan / sun gong

Dimitri Pokrovsky Ensemble:
Maria Nefedova
Olga Yukecheva
Marina Cherkashina
Svetlana Sorokina-Subbotina
Evgeni Kharlamov
Mikhail Korzin
Andrei Samsonov


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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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