Produced by David Darling and Sarah Swersey
2002 Blue Adagio
The artistry of a classical musician.
The serenity of a yoga teacher.
The heart of a mom.
NIGHTINGALE, the solo recording debut of the orchestral flutist-turned-improvisational artist Sarah Swersey, cuts straight to the heart, transporting the listener on a deeply inward journey to a place of emotion and stillness.
These improvised lullabies are far from being mere sleep aids. In addition to lulling little ones to dreamland, they're ideal accompaniment for yoga (Sarah is a Kripalu- and Anusara-trained teacher), massage, meditation, and deep relaxation. And the gorgeous flute playing on the CD most definitely stands up to active listening as well.
Half of the tracks in this enchanting collection are based on traditional melodies from cultures around the world: the Yiddish children's song "Alef Bas," the Sephardic lullaby "A La Nana y La Buba," and "Arrorro," a graceful Spanish song that Sarah used to perform in concert halls around Europe during her days as principal flutist with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife in the Canary Islands. True to her classical roots, Sarah also plays sweet variations on the Brahms Lullaby.
Perhaps most engaging, though, are Sarah's original compositions, particularly the emotionally charged 16-minute "Nina's Peace," dedicated to a dear cousin who died young. Another original, "Mozaique," evokes the sounds, sights, and smells of a family trip to Israel when Sarah was 7 years old.
NIGHTINGALE was co-produced by Grammy nominee David Darling, the innovative cellist who has featured Sarah's flute on several of his recordings.
Sampler of Tracks
- Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown
- Seeking Finding
- No Words
- Ask Me
- Yangtze River
- Now I Know
- Beyond the Willows
- Swallows and Geese
- River Blue
- Sitting Alone
- Wake Up to Life