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Double CD
New Music set to Ancient Egyptian and Hebrew Texts

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Double CD, 108 minutes (2002)

An acoustic ritual of neo-ancient music recorded at world-famous Skywalker Sound with nearly fifty musicians of diverse ethnic background. Ancient Egyptian, Hebrew and Sumerian texts are brought alive on two CD's. From sunrise to sunset to sunrise again, the recordings move the listener through time, from birth to life to death to rebirth. Unique orchestrations combine Western symphonic instruments with traditional Near Eastern winds, strings and percussion. Highlights include a riveting string quintet set to the Hebrew text of Psalm 104, and a stunning musical interpretation of Akhenaten’s “Hymn to the Sun” in ancient Egyptian. "The Psalms of RA" celebrates the sun as our common ancestor and source of light, while offering a new vision of a spiritual foundation for peace in the Middle East.

First CD: SUNRISE TO SUNSET
1
Song of Marawa
Meroitic-inspired text with Egyptian, Hebrew, and Borana roots, scored for harp, santur, nai, female voices and woodwind quartet.
2
  Kaballistic Cross
Hebrew text, a meditative vocal invocation of the Tree of Life and protective powers of the archangels.
3
  Y'hee Yeh Or
"Let there be light"
Hebrew text, song with clarinet , oboe and nai (Mideastern flute).
4
  Pyramid of Light
Hebrew-inspired accapella chant of initiation.
5
  Tua RA
Ancient Egyptian, opening text from the "Book of the Dead", for male chorus, violins, cellos, flutes and french horns.
6
  RA Hu
Egyptian-inspired text for female chorus, guitar, and violin.
7
  Hu RA Eli
Egyptian/Hebrew inspired text, accapella female vocal.
8
  Horus RA
Ocarina and flute instrumental.
9
  A Elu A
Mostly instrumental, but includes Egyptian/Hebrew-inspired text, for mixed chorus with flutes, oboe, violin, cello, oud, guitar, harp, and timpani.
10
Psalm 104
Traditional Hebrew Biblical text, scored for string quintet and two female voices.
11
  Diaspora
Duet for clarinet and string bass.
12
  Caravanserai
Traditional Persian instrumental ensemble of winds, strings and percussion.
13
  Psalm 133
An Arabic/Hebrew version of the Hebrew song, "Hine Ma Tov . . ." (which comes from Psalm 133), for mixed chorus plus classical Arabic solo vocalist, oud, nai, dumbek, tambourine, and finger cymbals.
   
  Second CD: SUNSET TO SUNRISE
1
Psalm 116
Hebrew Biblical text, scored for mixed chorus, flute, english horns, clarinet, bassoons, french horns, violins and cellos.
2
  Red Sun
Mixed chorus, trumpets, horns, flute, oboe, and timpani.
3
  Blue Star
An instrumental ode to Sirius, home of the Goddesses and Gods. For violins, cellos, basses and flute.
4
  Recha Em Kheba
Ancient Egyptian text from the "Book of the Dead", scored for mixed chorus and chamber orchestra of woodwinds, horns, strings, and timpani.
5
  Kaddish
Traditional Hebrew mourner's prayer, for guitar, soprano saxophone, female lead vocal and mixed chorus
6
  Sa Salat
"She Who Sleeps" - Ancient Sumerian text, from the "Book of Gilgamesh", for female voices, oboe and clarinet.
7
  Dendera
Egyptian harp solo
8
  Abydos
Duet for bamboo flute and shakuhachi
9
  Amenti Rama
Egyptian-inspired text for male chorus, with clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, bass, and gongs.
10
  Kesil-Kimah
A chant to Orion and the Pleiades, using their tradional Hebrew star names. For mixed chorus with flute drone.
11
  Ba ar Bet
Ancient Egyptian text, for mixed chorus, flute, clarinet and strings.
12
Hymn to the Sun
Ancient Egyptian text, written by the pharoah Akhenaten, scored for mixed chorus, chamber orchestra, Middle Eastern winds, strings and percussion.
13
  Guramalaho
Adaptation of traditional Borana chant from East Africa. "O Ancient One who speaks the language of the birds, Show me where the place of spirit is so that I can go there to strengthen my prayers"