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: clarinet, soprano sax, tenor sax
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The Shakers n’ Bakers are an improvising ensemble that reinterprets the music of the utopian religious community known as the Shakers. Their repetoire is primarily drawn from the body of work known as the “Vision” or “gift” songs which sprang from the Shaker community during the period of inspiration from 1837-1850. These songs were received in states of inspiration, mostly by young women of the shaker community and their authorship is attributed to spirits which took possession of the recipients, thus the term “gift” songs.
The texts of many of the songs are partially or entirely written in the languages of inspiration; some are identified loosely as African, Native American or “moon” languages. Other texts, which are in English, contain a beautiful poetry echoing the unique worldview of the Shakers.
The Shakers n’ Bakers use this body of music as a focal point for composition and improvisation. Orignal Shaker texts and songs are reinterpreted through the lens of Ayler and Lennon.
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