"Home to the River of Love." consists of 30 simple, rhythmic chants, with accompaniment on harp, flute, percussion, guitar, and sitar. The album was recorded in Ann Arbor, Michigan, by the Chants for Peace Project, a group of 22 singers and instrumentalists.
We chose chants that are easy to learn, that lift the spirit and bring a sense of hope and connection. Singing together about peace, community, and the natural world is an antidote to all the fear and anger in the air these days.
The recording took place in a beautifully resonant sanctuary shared by a Jewish and an Episcopal congregation in Ann Arbor. It was a wonderful mix of experienced and novice singers, united by our desire to 'be the change' we wish to see in the world, as Gandhi said.
Producer: Jeanne Mackey. Engineer: Leigh Daniels
Ensemble: Jeanne Mackey (Director), Don Allen,Rhonda Bantsimba, Lisa Marshall Bashert, Pattie Boettger, Laura Bollettino, Michael Bratcher, Rosemary Caruso, Craig Kukuk, Laura Massaro, A.T. Miller, Kathy Moore, Dale Petty, Stacey Pomranky, Pattie Postel, Alison Rene, Terry Richards, Helen Slomovits, Ayron Smith-Douglas, Linda Teaman, Tom Voiles, Mary Wilson, Wasentha Young
Instrumentation: Don Allen: percussion; Jeanne Mackey: guitar, keyboard; Helen Slomovits: harp; Tom Voiles: flute, tin whistle, sitar, dumbek
Peace, Salaam, Shalom: Rhonda Bantsimba, Jeanne Mackey
Spirits of the Land: Mary Wilson
The Ocean Refuses No River: Kathleen Moore
Eyes of Light: Rhonda Bantsimba, Kathleen Moore
If We Fall Apart: Jeanne Mackey