This compilation is to benefit the ASPCA. Their rapid and effective response to the animals affected by Hurricane Sandy has not only been amazing but critical in helping those who have no voice. ASPCA provides rescue, evacuation shelter, emergency medical treatment and food and currently they are running emergency pet boarding facilities for families who have been displaced. These services are offered at no cost. All proceeds of this compilation will go directly to the ASPCA to assist them in their current efforts as well as helping them to be ready to respond when disaster strikes again.
Thank you for helping our friends in need.
Credits released 19 November 2012
Bonus tracks by Howling Larsons, Ivan , Sighell and Haiku by Natalia Rodríguez
Photo by Peter Bjärgö
Layout and album cover by Ia Bjärgö
“Already a fourth album in a decade for this Abitibian group which, after having explored the profound voices heard in sacred music, the aerial sounds made by world string instruments and North African rhythms, finds on its Nordic soul on this new opus. However, the North becomes the pretext to introduce new sounds to this music which remains free of any imposed boundary of any kind. If the ensemble may ring bells akin to Dead Can Dance or Jean-Michel Jarre at his best, it definitely has its own singular and strong personality. The wind blows heavily on cave like ambiances, bells and ethereal vocals. The Middle-Age happily frays with gliding electro spaces. The sky gets torn apart by celestial vocals. The Celtic harp rises over powerful beats. The melodious hurdy-gurdy lends a dramatic accent. And what about that poem penned by Dan Behrman about Jerusalem which brings all the religious beliefs together. Through this album a door opens wide toward eternity”.
Yves Bernard, Vitrine du disque -June 3, 2011 – Le Devoir
2006 is the theater of several Moroccan concerts given by Saltarello in Merzouga and Erfoud. Their encounters with the members of various traditional groups allow them to further their knowledge of Berber music and inspire them to compose the material featured on their third album, “Forgotten Passage”
By broadening its instrumentation in the duo’s second album (sitar, duduk, bansuri, dulcimer, ethnic percussions electronic rhythms), Saltarello now offers a wide array of original compositions tainted with a wide array of world musical colors. “Humana” shines by the beauty of its vocals and of its instrumentation and guides the listener through a unique musical experience.
Inspired by sacred music, Saltarello introduces their first album, “O Pietas”, laden with Gregorian chant, Celtic, gothic and tribal influences where airy vocals, hammer dulcimer and keyboards create an enchanting atmospheric ambiance.