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Voices Fall From The Sky

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Voices Fall From The Sky
Voices Fall From The Sky


'Voices Fall From The Sky' is an expansive 3CD box set comprising three distinct and complementary albums whose focus is on the voice. All the songs were composed (and produced) by William Parker. Half of the material are brand new recordings and half are Parker-curated selections of previously released material either long unavailable or presented in new form.

Accompaniment on these 34 pieces ranges as widely as the voices, from duet to large ensemble. A multitude of approaches are employed: art song to operatic, pop sensibilities to gospel, heart-stopping ballads to dance numbers, silence to exuberance. The lyrical content expresses love of nature and its vital importance to a whole life, compassion, anti-oppression, anti-violence of any kind, praise of the creative spirit, and, Love. These themes are foundational in all of Parker's work; the forefront spotlight through a multitude of expressive voices makes them that much more salient.

Album/CD1 features all-new work predominately recorded & mixed during December 2017 and January 2018. Album/CD2 is comprised of duets, and focuses on three singers with whom Parker has had decades-long creative relationships with. Vintage recordings with Ellen Christi and Lisa Sokolov from the early 1990s which have been unavailable for far too long are here re-contextualized together with more recent work with Leena Conquest.

Album/CD3 presents the voice within large ensemble, and features new iterations of previously released work together with a brand new suite / recording entitled The Blinking of the Ear, performed by mezzo-soprano opera singer AnnMarie Sandy.

The creation of this rich compendium has been a very important project for Parker, who composed, produced, curated and sequenced its totality. It is being released on his own Centering Records imprint (distributed by AUM Fidelity) and is packaged in a beautiful 2-piece box with commissioned artwork by Lois Eby, "mini-LP" sleeves and full colour 40-page booklet featuring extensive liner notes, song annotation, and complete lyrics.


  1. Name
  2. Espirito
  3. Airlift
  4. Bouquet for Borah
  5. City of Flowers
  6. Despues de la Guerra
  7. Small Lobby
  8. So, Important
  9. We Often Danced
  10. Voices Fall From The Sky
  11. Revolution
  12. A Tree Called Poem
  13. All I Want
  14. Baldwin's Interlude
  15. For Julius Eastman
  16. Aborigine Song
  17. Life Song
  18. Band in the Sky
  19. Sweet Breeze
  20. Morning Moon
  21. A Thought for Silence
  22. Poem for June Jordan
  23. Autumn Song
  24. Falling Shadows
  25. Tour of the Flying Poem
  26. Prayer
  27. The Essence of Ellington
  28. Lights of Lake George
  29. For Fannie Lou Hamer
  30. Deep Flower
  31. Meditation on Freedom
  32. Without Love Everything Will Fail
  33. Dark Remembrance
  34. Heavenly Home Meditation on Peace
  35. Natasha's Theme
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