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One Morning / McFarlane, Ayreheart

Mcfarlane,Ronn / Ayreheart
Release Date: 05/25/2010 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92111   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ronn McFarlane
Performer:  Jessyka LuzziMattias RuchtRonn McFarlaneMindy Rosenfeld,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ayreheart
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

American lutenist Ronn McFarlane has had a successful career as a traditional performer and educator offering concerts and recordings of Renaissance and Baroque repertory. With the justification that lutenists of the past have been both performers and composers, he has begun to write and record crossover music with a small band called Ayreheart, consisting of flute or harp, bass, and percussion, augmented at times by strings and mostly wordless vocals. Despite the large collection of instruments, it's a crisp sound not weighed down by sentiment, with McFarlane's lute front and center, supported by subtle acoustic percussion and other sounds that accent the material according to its rhythmic qualities. The album One Morning is a successor to Read more McFarlane's Grammy-nominated 2009 album Indigo Road, and it's in the same vein but perhaps a bit more uptempo; few of the tracks have the new age ambiance the rather cheesy sunset-and-lute cover might suggest. Likewise, although there is certainly some Celtic influence in the music, McFarlane avoids the clichés of the genre. The music here, in fact, is pleasingly impossible to categorize. There are enough hints of McFarlane's Renaissance background to satisfy anyone who has come to the music through a general liking for what might be called pop-Renaissance culture, but there are also moves derived from later eras of classical guitar, folk styles, and even bluegrass, with the rhythmic orientation being basically toward jazz. Fans of pure Renaissance music are unlikely to be satisfied by this, and it's likewise not well suited to those whose ends are meditiative, but the album is recommended to pretty much everyone else who likes the sound of a lute; McFarlane's accomplishment in reimagining its capablilities is considerable. A plus is that the Dorian label can record the lute very well indeed.

-- James Manheim, All Music Guide
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Works on This Recording

1.
One Morning, for lute & percussion by Ronn McFarlane
Performer:  Jessyka Luzzi (Voice), Mattias Rucht (Percussion), Ronn McFarlane (Lute)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2.
Borderland, song by Ronn McFarlane
Performer:  Ronn McFarlane (Lute), Jessyka Luzzi (Voice), Mattias Rucht (Percussion)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3.
Snapdragon, song by Ronn McFarlane
Performer:  Mattias Rucht (Percussion), Ronn McFarlane (Lute)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4.
A Day in November, for lute & ensemble by Ronn McFarlane
Performer:  Mindy Rosenfeld (Flute), Matthew Puryear (Violin), Mason Wright (Violin),
Krzysztof Modliszewski (Viola), Jeremiah Shaw (Cello), Ronn McFarlane (Lute)
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
5.
Wolf Summit, song by Ronn McFarlane
Performer:  Mattias Rucht (Percussion), Jessyka Luzzi (Voice), Ronn McFarlane (Lute)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
6.
Union Bridge, song by Ronn McFarlane
Performer:  Mattias Rucht (Percussion), Ronn McFarlane (Lute)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
7.
Bad Hair Day, for lute, sounds & ensemble by Ronn McFarlane
Performer:  Danny Mallon (), Danny Mallon (Shaker), Danny Mallon (Bodhran),
Danny Mallon (Kanjira), Ronn McFarlane (Lute)
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
8.
Dakota Days, for lute by Ronn McFarlane
Performer:  Ronn McFarlane (Lute)
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
9.
Before the Wind, for lute & ensemble by Ronn McFarlane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ayreheart
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
10.
Man of Arms, for lute by Ronn McFarlane
Performer:  Ronn McFarlane (Lute)
Length: 8 Minutes 30 Secs. 
11.
Nocturne, for chorus & lute by Ronn McFarlane
Performer:  Ronn McFarlane (Lute), Christian Myers (), Ian Bowling (),
Jessyka Luzzi (Voice), Daniel Merceruio (), Lavarn Gordon ()
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
12.
On the Heath, for 2 lutes by Ronn McFarlane
Performer:  William Simms (Lute), Ronn McFarlane (Lute)
Length: 8 Minutes 35 Secs. 
13.
Sings in Her Sleep, song by Ronn McFarlane
Performer:  Jessyka Luzzi (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ayreheart
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 5 Minutes 55 Secs. 
14.
Lullaby for Anne, for lute by Ronn McFarlane
Performer:  Mindy Rosenfeld (Harp), Ronn McFarlane (Lute)
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 

Sound Samples

One Morning
Borderland
Before the Wind
Man of Arms
Snapdragon
A Day in November
Wolf Summit
Union Bridge
Bad Hair Day
Dakota Days
Nocturne
On the Heath: Thistle
On the Heath: Honeysuckle
On the Heath: Haeddre
Lullaby for Anne
Sings in Her Sleep
One Morning: (full band version)

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