Three Altos create a work of inspiration
By John Ziegler, Duluth News Tribune
Sara Thomsen, Amy Bernstein and Paula Pedersen have been making captivating music collectively for several years. This new disc demonstrates how their many talents and their deep friendship come together, creating a work of joy and inspiration.
The title track is the Altosʼ cover of Ruth Moodyʼs signature tune, which ﬁts this trio perfectly. It builds from one voice to “all of us” and speaks to the empowerment that comes from community.
Eric Peltoniemiʼs “This Very Breath I Breathe” creatively describes the evolution of our planet and in an almost k.d. lang vocal style.
Elise Wittʼs “Una Nuova Armonia” has a buoyant quality from the lovely harmonies and Gene Koshinskiʼs clip-clopping marimba.
Steve Earleʼs “God Is God” is a converted skepticʼs belief in, and acceptance of, a higher power. Lance Rhicardʼs dobro lines give the tune that high, lonesome bluegrass feel.
Carrie Newcomerʼs “Three Women” is a toast to, and a tribute to, the strong women who help anchor lives and families with their care-giving. Violinist Erin Aldridge from the DSSO and Erika Mock add tasteful violin and ﬂute embellishments.
Bobby McFerrinʼs arrangement of the “23rd Psalm” includes a verse sung in Hebrew.
Sara Thomsenʼs “A Womanʼs Place” tells us that a womanʼs place is anywhere and everywhere she wants it to be.
This is a vibrant new project that achieves its intended goal of inspiring us all to peacefully work to achieve our goals and to connect with each other.