Fermi’s Paradox | Sono Luminus DSL92244

Fermi’s Paradox

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Label: Sono Luminus

Cat No: DSL92244

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 15th January 2021

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About

Featuring Carolyn Surrick from Ensemble Gallilei, and master of the lute Ronn McFarlane! This is Ronn and Carolyn’s first project together. Carolyn and Ronn are two Sono Luminus’s best-selling artists. The album was conceived and recorded during a worldwide pandemic

‘When I called Ronn McFarlane in January to ask if he wanted to play a house concert in April, he checked his calendar and said, “Sure, sounds great!” Members of Ensemble Galilei… are spread across the country, and we don’t usually get together until right before a performance. But Ronn and I live about twenty miles away from each other, so we started rehearsing.

‘February turned to March in this year of COVID-19. There would be no house concerts. But we kept meeting on Saturday mornings.

‘The dogs, who barked at first, soon came to see Ronn as a member of our extended family… We drank tea, waited for the sticky-biscuits to cool, ate a snack, tuned up, and dug in.

‘It was a few weeks into March when I turned to him and said, “Hey, let’s make a recording in June.” It was a crazy idea. We didn’t have much shared repertoire, at least that hadn’t already been recorded by The Baltimore Consort, Ensemble Galilei, Ayreheart, or Trio Galilei. That meant a huge investment of time and energy.

‘I did not receive a resounding affirmative response. But days passed and the reality of the pandemic settled in. Nothing else was going to be happening this spring. No concerts. No tours. Cancellation after cancellation, with no end in sight.

‘“Yes,” he said, “let’s do this.”

‘I called Lindsey Nelson, Ensemble Galilei’s wonderful executive producer, and Collin Rae, the master of strategic marketing at Sono Luminus. They were all in. I texted our producer, Dan Merceruio. Totally on board. We added rehearsals. Wrote harmony parts. Wrote new music. Arranged our favorite tunes for lute and viola da gamba. Set to work every day, practicing, dreaming, thinking, and planning.

‘All in the shadow of the pandemic.

‘Would we have done this a year ago? Not a chance. We were too busy. Would we have made a recording with viola da gamba and lute (and just one additional instrument)? Unlikely. We would have reached out to our friends and added a fiddle here, recorder there, even a song or two. But we didn’t. We couldn’t.

‘The recording exists because of this moment in time. The locked down, minimalist, intense, and miraculous spring of 2020, which took so much from so many, allowed for this project to come to life with its unexpected creativity, enduring faith, and deep, deep, gratitude.’

– Carolyn Surrick, July 2020

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