Meira Warshauer & Ani Tuzman | Spirals of Light

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Spirals of Light

by Meira Warshauer & Ani Tuzman

Described as "sublimely beautiful," Meira Warshauer's Spirals of Light offers music to calm the soul and dance the spirit. Together with Ani Tuzman's inspiring and playful poetry, the recording invites takes the listener through a spiritual journey.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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1. Bracha (Blessing) Meira Warshauer
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2. Bracha (Poem With Music) Meira Warshauer
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3. Psalm 19 Prelude (Spoken With Music) Meira Warshauer
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4. Psalm 19 Meira Warshauer
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5. Serenade Prelude (Poem With Music) Meira Warshauer
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6. Serenade Fantasy Meira Warshauer
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7. Spirals of Llight (Poem) Ani Tuzman
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8. Spirals of Light I: Slow Whirl Into Stillness Meira Warshauer
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9. Spirals of Light II: Inner Resonance Meira Warshauer
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10. Spirals of Light III: Dance of Ligiht Meira Warshauer
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11. A Time to Blossom (Poems) Hildegard of Bingen
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12. A Song to Mary Meira Warshauer
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13. Have You Got a Brook Meira Warshauer
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14. Caesarea (Eli, Eli--Oh Lord, My God) Meira Warshauer
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
SPIRALS OF LIGHT
Through music and poetry, with blessing from the Source, we weave a vessel for the Light within each of us.

In Spirals of Light, music and poetry move from blessing and praise, through a spiritual journey, to inner repose and exultation, culminating in an affirmation of the holiness of all life. Bracha, Hebrew for blessing which also means downward flowing stream, suggests the flow of Divine goodness into the world. Psalm 19 communicates the silent praise of the heavenly spheres as they traverse their paths, expressing the awesome majesty of the Creator. Serenade-Fantasy portrays the path of the seeker, encountering diversions and obstacles, but always returning to the call of inner guidance. Spirals of Light invites the listener into the sacred center, swirling and spiraling into stillness. The quiet which follows resonates with the mystery of the infinite. Joyous energy then awakens, flowing into the world. A Time to Blossom proclaims Divine Unity at all levels of being. Hildegard of Bingen, the 12th century abbess; Emily Dickinson, the 19th century New England recluse; and Hannah Senesh, the Israeli martyr of World War II, all use imagery of the natural world to express the inter-connectedness of all life.
Meira Warshauer’s works have been performed and recorded to critical acclaim throughout the United States and in Israel, Europe, South America, and Asia. Critics have described her music as "spiritually ecstatic, beautifully-felt...representation of (the) mystical creative process.” A graduate of Harvard University (B.A.magna com laude), New England Conservatory of Music (M.M.with honors), and the University of South Carolina (D.M.A.), Warshauer studied composition with Mario Davidovsky, Jacob Druckman, William Thomas McKinley, and Gordon Goodwin. She has received numerous awards from ASCAP as well as the American Music Center, Meet the Composer, and the South Carolina Arts Commission. She was twice awarded the Artist Fellowship in Music by the S.C. Arts Commission, in 2004 and 1994; and in 2000, received the first Art and Cultural Achievement Award from the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina. Her composition, Yishakeyni (Sweeter than Wine) received the first place Miriam Gideon Award from the International Association of Women in Music call for scores, 2004. Warshauer is a Visiting Lecturer at Columbia College, Columbia, SC, where she teaches The Healing Art of Music, a cross-cultural, multidisciplinary approach to the experience of music as a source of healing.
Spirals of Light is Warshauer’s second collaboration with poet Ani Tuzman. In 1992, they presented a program of music and poetry on themes of the Holocaust at the South Carolina State Museum which was subsequently performed at colleges in South Carolina and in Alaska.
Ani Tuzman’s poetry and prose have been published in national and international magazines including TIKKUN, SANCTUARY, BODY MIND SPIRIT, MOTHERING, DARSHAN , CALYX, and PEREGRINE. She is a winner of the Anna D. Rosenberg Award for Poems on the Jewish Experience (1990) and the ZONE Writing for the Nineties Competition. She was the featured poet in “Chamber Music and Poetry on Themes of the Holocaust” in collaboration with composer Meira Warshauer.
Ms. Tuzman has also been leading writing groups for many years. She is the founder and Director of Dance of the Letters Writing Center which offers Writing Workshops and private writing sessions for adults, teens ,and children. She is currently completing her first novel, Angels on the Clothesline, which tells of a young girl’s experience as daughter of Holocaust survivors.
Laury Christie, Robert Jesselson, and Constance Lane are Professors of Music at the University of South Carolina where Winifred Goodwin is staff accompanist. Goodwin and Jesselson are principal players with the South Carolina Philharmonic, and, together with Constance Lane, perform together as the USC Faculty Trio. Meira Silverstein is a student at Mannes School of Music in New York where she studies with David Nadien.


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Scott Erwin, Wilmington (NC) Star--News


Composer Meira maxine Warshauer and poet Ani Tuzman have crafted a rare gem-a work of fine art both contemporary and sacred. Blending spoken text, including poetry by Emily Dickinson, with chamber music, Spirals of Light is a marvelous work. The album begins simply, with plaintive violin and piano. Then, deliberately, like a mason laying the bricks of an intricate house, the theme is built on variations. "Spirals of Light" is a deeply spiritual work. "Bracha," the opening piece, is Hebrew for "blessing." It is followed by Ms. Tuzman's poem of the same name, which resonates with ancient Jewish wisdom. "Embrace your own Self," Ms. Tuzman says. "Let your longing lift you."
Dr. Warshauer, a Wilmington native who received her doctorate from the University of South Carolina, makes sure the music lifts the listener. She assembled an ensemble of virtuoso players-flutisit Constance Lalne, cellist Robert Jesselson, soprano Laury Christie, pianist Winifred Goodwin and violinist Meira Silverstein-to bring her musical vision to life.
That vision is deceptively complex. The compositions are minimalist in nature. Each note sounds like a meditative breath. Phrasing and dynamics take on extra importance. The album, like the spiritual pilgrimage it depicts, is always evolving. That is especially evident on the three-part "Spirals of Light"-the heart of the album. The players create a vast musical landscape where stillness mingles with dancing light. This is not easy-listening classical music. It is at times ponderous and dissonant. In the end, however, that makes "Spirals of Light" shine that much brighter. "Our sweet yearning lifts us," Ms. Tuzman says. "We reach..." Serious music listeners will reach for "Spirals of Light," again and again.