Haida Gwaii Singers Contemporary Anthology
This collection is comprised of contemporary recordings of ancient songs performed by the members of the Haida Gwaii Singers Society; Reg Davidson, Robert Davidson, Guujaaw, Marianne Jones and Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson.. This contemporary box set includes 5 CD's and a companion booklet of liner notes featuring song translations, cultural context and photos.
This set bears witness to the continuing vibrancy of Haida musical traditions as they carry the culture of Haida Gwaii into the next millenium.
GUUD SANS GLANS - Eagle of the Dawn - Robert Davidson
"Learning to sing Haida songs helped me to connect with ceremony, which gave me another level of understanding of the Art. Songs are gifts of saa7laanaa (Higher Power) to connect to the very core of our being." - Robert Davidson
"Robert Davidson sings with a clear, vibrant voice full of strength and playful energy" - Bruce Ruddell, producer.
This CD includes 32 recordings of traditional songs.
CD 2 - GUUJAAW
"We are the song, our grandmothers within, of the earth...the sea, the forest, the sky people, Kaayxil and Kuustayk is who we are." - Guujaaw
"Guujaaw is an astonishingly powerful singer and drummer whose intensely dramatic performances transform the listener." - Bruce Ruddell, producer.
This CD includes 22 recordings of all genres of Haida dancing songs
CD 3 - LALAXAAYGANS - Beautiful Sound - Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson
"Experiencing Haida Songs fosters deeper respect and compassion for each other and our environment. Open your heart and mind to a journey through these songs towards inner peace and compassion." - Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson
"Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson's truly beautiful and elegant voice is at once graciously ethereal and deeply sensuous." - Bruce Ruddell, producer
This CD includes 2 discs that together provide 38 recordings of traditional songs:
Disc A: Ethereal songs, 27 tracks
Disc B: Songs for a Light Heart, 11 tracks
CD 4 - HAIDA GWAII SINGERS
"The minute we learn the song we automatically become a teacher. The songs connect us with our ancestors. We all have the power to bring it back to the level it once was. May our songs be here to connect the next generations to our culture forever." - Reg Davidson
This CD includes 20 recordings of both traditional and contemporary songs.
HAIDA GWAII SINGERS CONTEMPORARY ANTHOLOGY COMPANION BOOKLET OF LINER NOTES
This 40-page companion book lets you experience Haida songs more deeply. It features introductions and translations for every song on all CDs by the Haida Gwaii Singers, the story of the 'Holders of Songs', insight into the roles of song and dance in Haida culture, and stunning images of Haida art and evocative archival photos that celebrate Haida Gwaii's rich cultural traditions.