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World Voices

Director: Karle Erickson

 World Voices

Mixed Choral Chorus from MN, United States.

World Voices was formed in 1996 by Dr. Karle Erickson, Artistic Director & Conductor. An experience in New York City one summer in the late 1950's was the influence that steered him into beginning a musical ensemble that exclusively performs global music. He spent 6 weeks in the Bronx with young people of all races, colors and creeds. He wanted to use music as a means to bring people together, to help get rid of the stereotypes and prejudices, to think outside our own comfortable boxes, and to further open our minds and souls to the fascinating differences and similarities that arise from varying cultural backgrounds. Thus began the choral ensemble identified as "Karle Erickson's Metropolitan Chorale. "

Membership included 25 singers between the ages of 21 and 41, most of them auditioning because they had sung previously with Karle Erickson or were aware of his reputation as a choral conductor. Today the ensemble of voices and instruments includes 40 singers, ranging in age from 21-75, most of whom audition because they believe in the mission of World Voices. Some come to sing because of the educational opportunity to learn about and perform global music that will assist them in their teaching careers in the schools.

An important part of the World Voices programming is commissioning new works, the first of which was entitled "Wo Ayi Me A Ma" by Sowah Mensah in March 2001. Composer Brent Michael Davids of the Mohican Nation wrote "Of This Turtle Isle" in 2002 and " Si Ji" was written by Chinese composer Zhou Long in March of 2005. In response to its interest in educational outreach, World Voices is sending to selected high school, college and university music directors a recorded copy of "Si Ji" along with an explanation about the things to be considered in preparing such a work for performance so that the barrier of being intimidated by a new work of global music with different stylistic demands can be largely removed.

World Voices presents four concert themes each season with one performance each in Minneapolis and St. Paul and surrounding areas. In 2000 the Chorale altered its format of Christmas music in December and changed the focus to the broader concept of peace. Included are 320 children in a concert that begins with a ceremonial trumpet fanfare and Grand Processional of the children's choirs presenting flags from many different countries. World Voices has performed music from 62 countries in 35 different languages. Five CD's of global music have been released: "Latino Groove", "A Cultural Odyssey", "A Global Palette", " Celebrating Global Cultures" and "Mosaic."


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World Voices : A Cultural Odyssey : 00  1 CD : Karle Erickson : 

World Voices : A Cultural Odyssey

Review: Another fine collection by prolific World Voices, whose mission is "celebrating global cultures and creating community through choral music." Renowned founder Dr. Erickson directs the 40-strong, mixed-voice ensemble in 22 selections from all over the world, favorites include folk tunes "Home on the Range," "The Blue Tail Fly" and "Old Black Joe" from the US, Native American songs "This We Know" and "In Dreams" by Ron Jeffers; the Welsh tune "Ffa La Ba Lam," the Irish "The Gartan Mother's Lullaby" and the Scotch song "I'll Ay Call In By Yon Town." Others are Kenya's "Ning Wendete," Ecuador's "Wawaki," Israel's "Bashana Haba'ah," Korea's "Ahrirang," Iceland's "Visur Vatnsenda-Rosu" and Sweden's "Domaredansen." Some light (authentic to the culture) accompaniment. A beautiful, varied collection from World Voices.

Songlist: Ffa La Ba Lam, The Garten Mother's Lullaby, I'll Ay Call In By Yon Town, Lasciatemi Morire, Chiu Chiu, Wake Up, Ning Wendete, O Mio Babbino Caro, Stomp Your Feet, Home On The Range, The Blue Tail Fly, Old Black Joe, This We Know, Wawaki, In Dreams, Veniki, Bashana Haba'ah, Simona MiDimona, Ahrirang, Tom Fiddler, Visur Vatnsenda-Rosu, Domaredansen

8364c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 Mixed Choirs CDs

World Voices : A Global Palette : 00  1 CD : Karle Erickson : 

World Voices : A Global Palette

Review: Dr. Karle Erickson, Artistic Director and Conductor, formed World Voices in 1996, first of 25 mixed voice singers who had sung previously with him. That number has now grown to an ensemble of voices and instruments of 40 singers, ages 21 to 75. The instrumentalists are chosen because of their association to the specific culture that is the focus of that concert. "Global Palette" is a smorgasbord of 17 tunes from different countries, beginning with 3 Russian tunes, "Kalinka," Gretchaninoff's "Our Father" and Rachmaninoff's "O Come, Let Us Worship." A pair of Israeli songs, "Zum Gali-Dance the Hora!" and Josef Hadar's "Erev Shel Shoshanim," the Japanese children's song "Hotaru Koi," the Mohawk dance song "Innoria" and a nice 7-song medley of "American Indian Songs" by Kenneth Jennings follow. Cuccini's "Ave Maria" and Scarlatti's "Exultate Deo" from Italy, "Ave Maria" by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa Lobos, and the vibrant "Gloria from Misa Criolla" by Ariel Ramirez of Argentina are very fine, as is "Chile Lindo" by Clara Solvera. 4 beautifully done American folk tunes close the program, Stephen Foster's "Old Folks at Home" and "Cindy" are standouts. Some light accompaniment. A fine, varied collection by talented World Voices.

Songlist: Kalinka, Our Father, O Come, Let Us Worship , Zum Gali, Erev Shel Shoshanim, Hotaru Koi , Innoria , American Indian Songs, Ave Maria, Exulte Deo , Ave Maria, Gloria, Chile Lindo , Shenandoah, I've Been Working On The Working On The Railroad, Old Folks At Home, Cindy

8366c | 00 1 CD | $15.98

World Voices : A World of Christmas : 00  1 CD : 

World Voices : A World of Christmas

Review: Who better than the cosmopolitan World Voices to record a collection of Christmas music from around the world. Experience the incredible diversity of musical styles in the songs and carols of Christmas from the choral tradition of countries as diverse as Norway, Catalonia, Mexico, Bohemia China and Poland. Director Karle Erickson does a superb job with many of his arrangements and includes arrangements by others such as Jerry Rubino, David Wilcocks and William Dawson. Highlights include "El Cielo Canta Alegria" and two movements of John Rutter's "Gloria." Most of the tracks are accompanied.

Songlist: Jingle Bells , Joy To The World, Go Tell It On The Mountain, Ihr Kinderlein Kommet, El Rorro, Jeg Er Saa Glad, Twas in The Moon Of Wintertime, The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, Lulajze Jezuniu, Angels We Have Heard On High, Da Droben Vom Berge, Gloria In Excelsis Deo, Come, Hear The Tidings, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Pengyou Ting, El Cielo Canta Alegria, Mary Had A Baby, Cold December Flies Away, Quoniam Tu Solus Sanctus

8480c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappella Mixed Choirs CDs

World Voices : Celebrating Global Cultures : 00  1 CD : Karle Erickson : 

World Voices : Celebrating Global Cultures

Review: Founder Karle Erickson directs his 40-strong, mixed-voice World Voices in this collection of 20 powerful songs. The songs are in 3 groups, 5 African-American Spirituals, especially "John Saw Duh Numbuh," "Wade in the Water" and "I've Been 'Buked;" 11 Eastern European tunes, especially "Quis Potest Dicere" by Zdenek Lukas, the lilting "Prsi, prsi," the lovely "Annie, My Sweetheart" and the dramatic "Tambur;" and four African songs, particularly Abraham Adzenyah's harmonic "Wonfa Nyem," Boniface Mganga's "Vamuvamba" and the rhythmic "Zungo." Some accompaniment and percussion, all authentic to the music. We enjoyed every cut of this collection!

Songlist: John Saw Duh Numbuh, Wade In The Water, He Never Failed Me Yet, I've Been Buked, Praise His Holy Name, Bizakodo, Quis Potest Dicere, Ave Verum Corpus, Cantate Domino, Prayer Of The Children, Prsi Prsi, Good Night Beloved, Martin's Homecoming, Annie, My Sweetheart, Za Tou Nasi Storolickou, Tambur , Wonfa Nyem, Vamuvamba, Zungo, Praise The Lord

8368c | 00 1 CD | $15.98

World Voices : Hope For Our Time : 00  1 CD : Karle Erickson : 

World Voices : Hope For Our Time

Review: Your spirit will be lifted by this choral and instrumental blend of songs that celebrates the single divine spirit of God. Giving praise and thanks, expressing the joy of faith through the musical genres of classical, gospel and folk traditions found in the diverse cultures, languages and religions of the world.

Songlist: Our Father, Santo, Offer Unto God (Psalm 50), Sicut Cervus, Exultate Deo, Somebody's Prayin', Avinu Malkeinu, Wake Me Up, Lord, Goin' Up to Glory, Quis Potest Dicere, The Gift to be Simple, God of Peace and Love (Yarabba Ssalam), Salmo 150, Death is Gonna Lay His Cold Icy Hands, Cantate Domino, Regeneration (Part 3 of "Celestial Spring"), I've Been 'Buked, Webster (An American Thanksgiving), Heleluyan, Ya Ba Bom

8745c | 00 1 CD | $15.95 | Primarily a cappella

World Voices : Mosaic : 00  1 CD : Karle Erickson : 

World Voices : Mosaic

Review: "Mosaic" is the premiere CD release by Dr. Erickson's talented, 40 mixed-voice World Voices, who seek to "enhance the awareness and deepen the meaning of the cultural, spiritual and religious roots of music from around the world" with their music. A noble purpose indeed, and these 20 songs, from the folk and religious traditions of Asia, Russia, Israel, the Nordic countries, the Caribbean and the United States, joyously fulfill it. Favorites include the Caribbean tunes "Congori Shango" Larry Farrow's wonderful "Jamaican Market Place," "La Paloma Se Fue" and the Cuban folk song "Tumbando Cana." The Russian folk tune "Veniki," the lovely Chinese tune "Pengyou, Ting!," the Nordic folk songs "A Maiden Is In A Ring" and "A Sailor's Greeting," the American spiritual "Goin' Up to Glory" and the Hebrew "Ya Ba Bom (There Shall Be Peace)" are particularly fine. An impressive debut CD by World Voices. Some light accompaniment.

Songlist: Congori Shango, Nigra Sum, Jamaican Market Place, La Paloma Se Fue, All My Trials, TumBando Cana, Our Father, Veniki, Ahrirang, Pengyou Ting, God's Son Has Made Me Free, Ave Maris Stella, A Maiden Is In A Ring, Tjuv Och Tjuv, A Sailor's Greeting, Somebody's Prayin', Goin' Up To Glory, Grace , Avinu Malkeinu, Ya Ba Boom

8367c | 00 1 CD | $15.98

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