|"Whose Forest” is a musical journey from the joyous, to the cool, to the sublime. Featuring the collective voices of some 40 musicians and visual artists, “Whose Forest” was conceived by musician/ activist Sarah Peebles as a tool to raise public awareness of the Ontario government’s “Lands for Life” programme, and it’s potentially catastrophic effect on land usage in the province. She solicited support from some of the finest jazz and avant-garde musicians working in Canada and abroad.
A year later, the legislation has been passed. Thanks in part to the efforts of the Partnership for Public Lands (the recipient of all proceeds from the CD), a good deal of Ontario has been designated parkland in perpetuity.We like to think that “Whose Forest” made a significant contibution to the process.
Now that it’s role as social activist is done, we hope that “Whose Forest” can find a new and equally successful career as an excellent anthology of creative music. We are broadening our distribution base and approaching the media to re-consider “Whose Forest” solely on its musical merits.
(For updates on the Lands for Life legislation, visit the Partnership for Public Lands site at: www.web.net/wild and the Ontario government site at: www.mnr.gov.on.ca/mnr/lfl.)
“Packed with arresting compositions... (with) the amazing Cinnamon Sphere... a sampler of some of Canada’s more
“There is overall a rich variety of textures, resources, all in an intent of seriousness of purpose (with a smile in the agitated birds of Nexus) and concentration.”
“It is a compilation of recent and less recent works of many musicians, in many styles: they cohabitate well, sharing some traits of calmness, introspection, contemplativeness.”
Oliver Schroer and
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A Studio Excelo Production "time-based art with a creamy filling"
“Whose Forest?” – a CD defending our Public Lands
Oliver Schroer and the Stewed Tomatoes: "Earth Logic"
NOMA with special guest Michael Ondaatje: "desert dog"
Nexus: "The Birds" Composed by William Cahn
The Kavkasia Trio: "Shen Khar Venakhi (Gurian version)"
George Gao: "Song of Sadness" *
Wang Zheng Ting: "The Water Festival" *
Lori Freedman: "Four Ways Home" *
Richard Windeyer: "Postcard From Oxbow Lake" **
Cinnamon Sphere with special guest Jin Hi Kim: "Insect Groove" *
Wende Bartley: "Sparkling Crystal Moistness" *
Handslang: "Silent Witness"
Robert Cruickshank: "And so Fir Fell..." **
Sarah Peebles: "Blue Moon Spirit" performed by Kô Ishikawa, shô (Japanese mouth-organ)
*released for the first time on CD