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The Navajo creation stories were used as a source of inspiration for these original compositions. For "Beginnings" and "Talking God," traditional Navajo chants sung by Keith Chee were sampled and incorporated into the original piano compositions.
These pieces draw from the rhythms, forms, and melodies of traditional Navajo music, although with greater freedom than Chee's previous album, The Navajo Piano.
With the exception of "Resilience," each piece is titled after a character or story from Navajo mythology.
Although "Resilience" was previously released as a single after being composed during the protest at Standing Rock, it is included in this album as a reminder that the story of our creation is ongoing, and our modern struggles will add new chapters to our history.
Connor Chee: Piano
Keith Chee: Vocals
Artwork: "Life" © 2016 Evans Jensen
Recorded with Pianoteq 6 Steinway ® Model D
Mixed and Mastered by Connor Chee
Recorded at Wild Saguaro Records Studios, Chandler, AZ
© 2018 Wild Saguaro Records, Inc.
About the Cover ARt:
Artist Evans Jensen
"The title of the painting is 'Life.' When the first Navajo man and lady emerged into the fourth world we live in today, that's where all these wonderful elements and animals came about into prayer, song, and color."
Evans Jensen is a Navajo visual artist located in Kayenta, AZ.
Mixed medium. Pencil, pastel, pen and ink, and acrylic. 18"x24". Paper.