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A Symphony Of Hope: The Haiti Project

Various Artists , Nettwerk Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Wongolo (Movement I)Symphony Of Hope11:47Album Only
listen  2. Devastation (Movement II)Symphony Of Hope12:04Album Only
listen  3. The Aftermath (Movement III)Symphony Of Hope 8:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Rebuilding (Movement IV)Symphony Of Hope 8:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Hope (Movement V)Symphony Of Hope10:19Album Only
listen  6. ReflectionsBeau Bridges0:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Yo-Yo (Haitian Folk Song)Hope for Haiti Quartet (feat. Arturo Sandoval, Mike Lang, and Bart Samolis) 7:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Yellow Bird (Haitian Folk Song)Lucy Schwartz (feat. David Schwartz) 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 


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  • Performer: Nettwerk
  • Audio CD (October 4, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nettwerk
  • ASIN: B005KSQPO2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,814 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Symphony of Hope is a musical fundraising project which was originally designed to help the people of Haiti in their desperate time of need. A year after the terrible earthquake which has destroyed the lives of thousands of Haitians, the need for assistance is even greater than ever.
"Symphony of Hope" is a collaboration by 25 of today's leading Oscar(r), Tony(r), Grammy(r) and Emmy(r) winning composers to benefit Haiti Earthquake Relief. The "Symphony of Hope" begins with an original Haitian melody, then each composer contributes an additional 8-32 bars of
music to the piece and then passes it along to the next composer. This is symbolic in the way that one lending hand passes on to another lending hand and so on and eventually a beautiful outcome is achieved.
The orchestral piece was recorded this spring on the Eastwood Scoring Stage at Warner Brothers Pictures, with everyone donating their time - the composers, orchestrators, copyists, musicians, scoring stage technicians, etc. Recording of additional pieces happened in Los Angeles
following these sessions to provide additional music inspired by the people of Haiti.
The entire process was filmed in high definition by award winning filmmaker Brian Weidling and plans for a film documenting the making of the piece as well as a live benefit concert for the world premiere are also underway. All proceeds from the sale of the album and any related material

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5.0 out of 5 stars Noble cause, outstanding music October 4, 2011
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On January 12, 2010, the city of Port-au-Prince in Haiti was effectively flattened when it was struck by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. Within a matter of seconds over 50,000 people had been killed, and over a million people left homeless. Diseases such as cholera blighted the survivors and thwarted relief efforts, and since then the humanitarian crisis in the country has reached staggering proportions, with over 250,000 residences destroyed and basic services and infrastructure left in ruins. Reacting to the global call for help, film composer Christopher Lennertz was inspired to act. Calling upon his fellow composers and other members of the Los Angeles film music community of musicians and engineers, Lennertz teamed up with the charity Hands Together to create A Symphony of Hope: The Haiti Project, a musical fundraising project intended to help the people of Haiti.

The idea is a clever one; beginning with a traditional Haitian melody, "Wongolo", each composer contributes an additional 8-32 bars of music to the piece, and then passes it along to the next composer, until eventually an entire symphony is created. The idea of having different composers pick up the torch from a predecessor is symbolic of the way that one helping hand passes on to another helping hand, and so on and so on, until eventually dozens of people are contributing to a common cause.
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The power of music is something that has been part of my life from since I can remember. I honesty believe that music in combination with image is the most powerful form of human expression there is. Music truly does have the power to help and heal, it is the ultimate medicine. Music allows us to reflect on our condition and in times of need it can be part of the helping process. A Symphony Of Hope is no better example of the healing power of music, and what people are capable of when we come together for a cause. This symphony is the result of 25 of Hollywood's most respected composers. These composers came together and collaborated to craft a beautiful reflection of a regional tragedy with the hope of raising awareness and money for Haiti; a nation still suffering the aftermath of a terrible earthquake.

The symphony is 5 movements and was constructed as a flowing quilt, each composer contributing their own voice to the project. When one composer finished their part they would pass it along to the next to continue. The finished product is a beautiful representation of the journey that Haiti's people have taken in overcoming natural disaster. It reflects the strength of the people and their ability to rise through everything they had to overcome. The central motif is based off of a traditional Haitian melody and it serves as the grounding aspect of the symphony. The music takes us through the devastation of the earthquake and the immediate aftermath, but we move out of the darkness in movements 4 and 5 to embrace light at the end of the tunnel. The music heard here is pure human beauty and it represents the best of what's within us. The arrangements are magnificent and the chorus adds the human voice to support it. While 25 composers worked on this it truly feels as one unified voice.
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