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Light & Shadow

Ruth Cunningham

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Ruth Cunningham, one of the original members of Anonymous 4, left the group in 1998 to pursue a career as a soloist and sound healing practitioner. Subtitled "Chants, Prayers & Improvisations," this album consists, except for several traditional chants and a cantiga, of her original compositions, which she sings and plays, accompanying herself on medieval harp, piano, percussion, and shruti box, an Indian drone instrument. She also performs on flute and recorders on several tracks. The music is very much in the tradition of Anonymous 4 -- simple, lyrical, and chantlike -- and Cunningham performs it with the same vocal purity, intensity, and supple musicality characteristic of the ensemble. She takes traditional Western and Hindu sources as her texts, as well as several atmospheric poems by her sister Elizabeth Cunningham. Although she includes some extended vocal techniques reminiscent of Meredith Monk, her text setting is always graceful and peaceful. The album, besides being a musical performance, is also very much an exercise in sound therapy, with the intent of creating an atmosphere of healing tranquility. Cunningham's songs may be simple, but they are never simplistic and are certainly never sappy. This album is for anyone interested in extensions of the tradition of chant, women's voices, and uncomplicated but sophisticated music suitable for meditation.
© TiVo

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1
Canam An Achan O Mo Bheal
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Ruth Cunningham, MainArtist - Ruth Reid Cunningham, Composer

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

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Gayatri Mantra
00:02:44

Ruth Cunningham, MainArtist - Ruth Reid Cunningham, Composer

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

3
Ave Maria
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Ruth Cunningham, MainArtist - Ruth Reid Cunningham, Composer

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

4
Virgen Madre Groriosa
00:05:13

Ruth Cunningham, MainArtist - Medieval Cantiga, Composer

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

5
Flute Song
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Ruth Cunningham, Composer, MainArtist

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

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What If
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Ruth Cunningham, Composer, MainArtist

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

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Vidi Speciosam
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Ruth Cunningham, Composer, MainArtist

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

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Sky
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Ruth Cunningham, Composer, MainArtist

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

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Flute Song
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Ruth Cunningham, Composer, MainArtist

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

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Psalm
00:04:20

Ruth Cunningham, Composer, MainArtist

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

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O Virtus Sapientiae
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Ruth Cunningham, MainArtist - Medieval Chant, Composer

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

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Salve Regina
00:02:59

Ruth Cunningham, MainArtist - Medieval Chant, Composer

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

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Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
00:02:42

Ruth Cunningham, MainArtist - Traditional Sanskrit Chant, Composer

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

14
Sound Journey
00:12:19

Ruth Cunningham, Composer, MainArtist

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

15
Spring Song - Pipes of Pan
00:02:32

Ruth Cunningham, Composer, MainArtist

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

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Ave Maris Stella
00:02:07

Ruth Cunningham, Composer, MainArtist

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

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Alma Redemptoris Mater
00:01:50

Ruth Cunningham, MainArtist - Medieval Chant, Composer

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

18
Virgo Prudentissima
00:02:22

Ruth Cunningham, Composer, MainArtist

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

19
O Lillium Convalium
00:01:59

Ruth Cunningham, Composer, MainArtist

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

20
Wind
00:01:01

Ruth Cunningham, Composer, MainArtist

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

21
The River Stick
00:03:37

Ruth Cunningham, Composer, MainArtist

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

22
Peace Prayer of St Francis
00:01:47

Ruth Cunningham, Composer, MainArtist

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

23
Asato Ma Sad Gamaya
00:00:43

Ruth Cunningham, MainArtist - Traditional Sanskrit Chant, Composer

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

24
Universal Peace Prayer
00:01:36

Ruth Cunningham, Composer, MainArtist

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

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Healing Song
00:00:54

Ruth Cunningham, Composer, MainArtist

2007 Ruth Cunningham 2007 Ruth Cunningham

Album Description

Ruth Cunningham, one of the original members of Anonymous 4, left the group in 1998 to pursue a career as a soloist and sound healing practitioner. Subtitled "Chants, Prayers & Improvisations," this album consists, except for several traditional chants and a cantiga, of her original compositions, which she sings and plays, accompanying herself on medieval harp, piano, percussion, and shruti box, an Indian drone instrument. She also performs on flute and recorders on several tracks. The music is very much in the tradition of Anonymous 4 -- simple, lyrical, and chantlike -- and Cunningham performs it with the same vocal purity, intensity, and supple musicality characteristic of the ensemble. She takes traditional Western and Hindu sources as her texts, as well as several atmospheric poems by her sister Elizabeth Cunningham. Although she includes some extended vocal techniques reminiscent of Meredith Monk, her text setting is always graceful and peaceful. The album, besides being a musical performance, is also very much an exercise in sound therapy, with the intent of creating an atmosphere of healing tranquility. Cunningham's songs may be simple, but they are never simplistic and are certainly never sappy. This album is for anyone interested in extensions of the tradition of chant, women's voices, and uncomplicated but sophisticated music suitable for meditation.
© TiVo

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