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I Carry Your Heart: A Tribute to Arnie Lawrence pays homage to a man who has influenced the sounds and lives of countless musicians. On this album, Arnie’s son, Erik, joins forces with vocalist Ayelet Rose Gottlieb who was Arnie’s mentee in the last decade of his life, in Jerusalem. Arnie Lawrence played with Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry and The Spin Doctors and went on to found the New School in NYC and the International Center for Creative Music in Jerusalem.
Includes unlimited streaming of I Carry Your Heart: A Tribute To Arnie Lawrence, Vol I + II
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[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
When children find
someone soft and kind
they smile and glow
and say hello.
When children play
in their special magic way
with time and space
they travel any place.
When children frown
their world is up-side-down.
Don't matter right or wrong
something don't belong.
When children create
they don't hesitate.
They don't see an end
where their mind can bend.
Children of all ages might just turn out to be sages.
An eight year old boy jumps into the family Volvo to spend a day with his dad. The car is loaded with instruments, saxophones and flutes. Their destination is Media Sound, a converted church on 57th Street in Manhattan that is about to open as a recording studio. For the next few hours, his father Arnie Lawrence plays improvised music with three friends and bandmates. Dickie, the five year old son of legendary bassist Richard Davis is there with his dad too. And while the quartet begins making music, Dickie and Ricky (Erik) run around the studio, picking up instruments, whistles and horns and contribute to the ambiance being created by their elders. The music begins with Arnie’s flute in an impromptu duet with the inventive piano of Dick Hyman. the voices of the children wander in and out. Davis’ countenance on bass joins the conversation, and then the tabla and percussion of Ed Shaugnessey. The music is entirely improvised and unfolds as a suite entitled “Inside An Hourglass”. Recorded in one day, and released on Herbie Mann’s Embryo label, the music has so many chapters, twists and turns. The year is 1969, the Summer of Love.
Nearly fifty years later Erik Lawrence is a saxophonist, flutist, following his own path but strongly influenced by the icon his father became during his life. He flew to Vancouver, Canada at the urging of his dear friend Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, an exploratory vocalist, composer, improviser and arranger, who was a protégé of Arnie’s in her youth in Jerusalem. Their idea, to recreate the setting with her children, twins Ma’or and Yasmin and baby Maia, providing the role of children of young ages; To celebrate the listening that children of all ages can participate in; To break down the wall between being “musician” and “parent” and to incorporate the sounds of life in the art of music making.
Joined by their close mutual friend and collaborator, pianist Anat Fort, they entered a recording studio with very little planned but to make sure there were enough microphones open. The three adults in the room shed their egos, embraced their mutual admiration and freed their minds for the unknown. A few poems were extracted, including one written by Arnie in the 1970’s, with the refrain, “Children of all ages just might turn out to be sages.”
Like the original recording fifty years prior, all the music was improvised, no ideas were discussed. Spontaneous music, played by children, children of children, children with children and intended for children of all ages.
released May 7, 2019
I Carry Your Heart - A Tribute to Arnie Lawrence
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb & Erik Lawrence
Featuring Anat Fort & Maor, Yasmin & Maia Levavi
1. I Carry Your Heart
2. Beads/ Love Is A Place
3. Little Dance
4. Maia’s Song
6. When Children Find (v. 2)
7. Long Melt
8. I Carry Your Heart (v.2)/ Bye bye
9. Arnie, I Wanna Talk To You
2. When Children Find
3. Maia’s Rhythm
4. Mama’s Beat
5. Maia’s Jam
6. Love Is A Place (v. 2)
7. Butterfly Blues
Erik Lawrence - Saxophones, Flutes, Bells, Mbira, Tuning Forks, Singing Bowl, Voice
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb - Voice, Bells, Breast Pump* (tr 4, Vol II)*
Anat Fort - Piano, Toy Piano, Mbira, Voice
Maor Moshe Levavi - Voice, Piano, Toy Piano, Harmonica, Bells, Crackers, Mini-Harp
Yasmin Venezia Levavi - Voice, Piano, Toy Piano, Percussion, Crackers, Water Tap
Maia Michelle Levavi - Voice, Bells
Music compositions and arrangements by:
Anat Fort, Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Maia Michelle Levavi (tr 1);
Anat Fort, Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Erik Lawrence, Maia Michelle Levavi (tr 2, 4, 5)
Anat Fort, Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Erik Lawrence, Maor Moshe Levavi, Yasmin Venezia Levavi, Maia Michelle Levavi (tr 3, 6, 7, 8);
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Erik Lawrence (tr 9)
Pre-recorded and edited sounds by: Ayelet Rose Gottlieb (tr 2, 5)
Sampled sounds from Arnie Lawrence’s “Inside An Hourglass”, edited by Ayelet Rose Gottlieb (tr 9)
E. E. Cummings (Vol I: tr 1, 2, 8; Vol II: tr 6)
Arnie Lawrence (Vol I: tr 6; Vol II: tr 2)
Executive Producer: Donald Elfman
Produced by: Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Erik Lawrence, Shahar Levavi
Recorded at: Phonometrograph Studios, Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 4th, 2016
Recorded and Mixed by: Chris Gestrin, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Jan, August 2017
Mastered by: Padraig Buttner-Schnirer, Montreal CA, Canada, October, 2018
Photos: Chris Gestrin, Shahar Levavi, Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Erik Lawrence
Graphic Design: Laura DeVries
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb איילת רוז גוטליבMontreal, Québec
Jerusalem-born, Montreal-based composer and vocalist Ayelet Rose Gottlieb is an explorer of sound and seeker of musical
adventures. Singing in Hebrew, English and wordlessly, Ayelet “blends Middle-Eastern traditions with wide-open abstractions” (the Vancouver Sun.)...more