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August 6th 2020
Released new Walt Whitman Songbook.

Walt Whitman Songbook – A Song of the Rolling Earth
by Craig Pallett

The Earth’s Words (feat. Tiffany Pfeiffer)
Amelioration (feat. Philip W. Riegle)
Never Fail (feat. Kei Slaughter)
Three Hundred and Sixty–Five (feat. Stephanie Meyers)
Whoever You Are! (feat. Dawn Clement)
I Swear (feat. Mario Inchausti)
Tones of Souls (feat. Jo-Hannah Reynolds)
Laws for Creations (feat. Marjorie Halloran & Michael Garrett Steele)
On the Beach at Night Alone (feat. Peter Spencer)
France, The 18th Year of these States. (feat. Sarah LeMieux)

Composed by Craig Pallett
Text by Walt Whitman
Copyright 2020 Affinity Systems (BMI)
Based on the 2019 Songbook of the same title available on Amazon.

Produced, Engineered, Mixed and Mastered – Craig Pallett

Vocals – Tiffany Pfeiffer, Philip W. Riegle, Kei Slaughter, Stephanie Meyers, Dawn Clement, Mario Inchausti, Jo-Hannah Reynolds, Marjorie Halloran, Michael Garrett Steele, Peter Spencer and Sarah LeMieux

All Programming, Orchestrations, Arrangements, Digital Manipulation – Craig Pallett
Percussion Arrangements and performances by David Crigger, Jessica Collado and Craig Pallett
Additional performance by Steve Bartek and Leon Gaer on ‘I Swear’

June 24th 2020
40 minute video created for the May 15th 2020 – Mary Rowell ‘Meditations for Violin’ release party. Full high resolution version, used by TURNmusic for the online event. First 10 minutes is a placeholder which allows viewers time to logon and access.

Mary Rowell & Craig Pallett – Meditations for Violin – Release Party – TURNMusic from Affinity Systems on Vimeo.

Released May 19th 2020
New Video created by Andy West – West & Pallett – Zen Walk

May 17 2020 Review of the Meditations for Violin Release Party.
Strange having someone review a release party.

Music Review_ Have violin and dog, will travel _ Vermont Arts _ timesargus.com

Released May 15th 2020
New Video – Mary Rowell and Craig Pallett – Blueberries from Meditations for Violin

Released April 13 2020

Meditations for Violin
Mary Rowell
Craig Pallett

Tracks
Circle of Light – 17:38
Lisbon – 5:23
Blueberries – 10:26
Vermont Tornado – 12:46

Credits
Violin – Mary Rowell
Composer, Electronics, Programming, Keyboards – Craig Pallett
Produced by – Craig Pallett and Mary Rowell
Engineered and Mastered – Craig Pallett
Recorded October 2019 – Affinity Studios Vermont
Cover Design – Chris Demers

Circle of Light uses additional Midi data originally created by Steve Kaplan in 1987, re-programmed by Craig Pallett

Two Vermonters struggle to express the clear reality of the world we now appear to be living in. Sounds like a plot that can only thicken but I am not going to try. One of the worlds great violinist, stopped by the studio in October 2019 one day, and she recorded these four compositions I created for her. Just her violin and my Mac. Enjoy.

Released April 12 2020

Mary Rowell & Craig Pallett – Vermont Tornado (Official Video)
Vermont Tornado
From the album Meditations for Violin

Vermont Tornado Video Credits
Video composite and editing – Craig Pallett

Live Video Credits
Premiere Performance
September 10, 2016
North Country Electronic Music Festival
ArtsRiot Burlington Vermont
Thanks to TURNmusic, Anne Decker, David Morneau, and Dennis Bathory-Kitsz
Video by Dennis Bathory-Kitsz

April 22, 2017
Performed as part of Composers Concordance & Goddard Riverside Community Arts
‘Generations VII’ concert
Goddard Riverside – Bernie Wohl Center, New York, New York
Featuring Mary Rowell – violin, Justin Kantor – cello,
Kaoru Watanabe – flutes, CompCord Guitar Quartet:
Thanks to Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper and Composers Concordance

Additional footage Pixabay

Whitman-FrontCover-579x760A Walt Whitman Songbook
A Song of the Rolling Earth for Voice and Piano

Music by Craig Pallett based on the Walt Whitman Text

Released on May 15th 2019
Now Available:
Direct from the composer for only $16.99 + $5.00 shipping

Or other International retailers such as
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

A Walt Whitman Songbook contains 10 new musical works by Vermont based composer Craig Pallett. This songbook was created for Voice and Piano. It primarily explores Whitman’s work called A Song of the Rolling Earth, from the 1891-92 edition of Leaves of Grass. The composer has not altered the natural flow of the text. Due to the length of A Song of the Rolling Earth he has broken the text into 7 different songs. The composer has named these, The Earths’s Words, Amelioration, Never Fail, Three Hundred and Sixty-Five, Whoever You Are!, I Swear and Tones of Souls primarily to help the public and musicians reference each song. Though it can be presented as a full suite, performance time is 35 minutes, each song can stand on it’s own as an individual work.

Besides A Song of the Rolling Earth, the songbook includes 3 other Whitman works from Leaves of GrassLaws for Creations, On the Beach at Night Alone and France, The 18th Year of these States.

From the Composers Notes.

“I chose not to alter Whitman’s text in any way. This includes not repeating material or changing the structure of the actual text, both of which might make the works more “song–like”. I wanted to have a sense of churning piano rhythms and patterns with a folk–like melody. Whitman’s works that I chose are very rhythmically segmented verses many of them flow from one rhythmic structure to another. Sometimes only 2 verses flow in the same fashion, and then proceed into different ideas and forms. At times, there is a singular verse that has no rhythmic relationship to any other verse in his text.”

Zen Walk Now Available on BandCamp for only $4

Andy West Craig Pallett
Zen Walk

Now Available from the following distributors
Spotify
Apple Music
iTunes
Amazon
BandCamp

Tracks:
1. Zen Walk (7:10)
2. Beyond Words (6:16)
3. Heart Essence (5:57)
4. Echo (4:47)
5. The Point on the Wall (5:11)

All compositions by Andy West and Craig Pallett
Published by Affinity Systems (BMI) and KWBL, LLC(BMI)

Written, arranged, engineered, and produced by Andy West and Craig Pallett
Mixed by Craig Pallett at Affinity Studios Vermont
Cover photo by Tom Ranier

Andy West – Bass, Guitar, and Synth/Percussion/Midi Programming
Craig Pallett – Keyboards, Drums, Drum Programming, Electronics, Engineer, and Midi Programming.

Steve Kaplan – 1987 – Keyboards.
David Crigger – 1987 – Engineer

This music is dedicated to Steve Kaplan (1958-2003), who played many of the original keyboard parts which were recorded as midi files for ‘Heart Essence’, ‘Zen Walk’, ‘Beyond Words’, and ‘The Point on the Wall’. Hearing those recorded performances brought back the memory and joy of working with Steve so long ago, and we were inspired to use the original Midi data recordings to create new orchestrations and arrangements for those songs.

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Digital Streaming and Downloads currently available online at:
Tidal
Spotify
Apple Music
Amazon

Featuring:
Craig Pallett – Trumpets, Flugelhorns, EVI Controllers, Electronics, Keyboards, Synths.
Steve Bartek – Guitars
Leon Gaer – Bass, Bass Dobro, Piccolo Bass
Andy West – Bass
David Crigger – Drums, Percussion
Steve Kaplan – Acoustic Piano, Synths.
Shelby Daniel – Vocals
Susan Ottzen – Harp (EU2)

All compositions by Craig Pallett
Produced and Mixed by Craig Pallett
Original tracks produced by David Crigger and Craig Pallett

Engineered by – David Crigger, Craig Pallett, Steve Kaplan, Steve Bartek, and Leon Gaer. Recorded at – Kaplan Studios Malibu and Thousand Oaks CA, Bartek Garage Santa Monica, CA, Crigger Recording in North Hollywood, CA, and Affinity Studios in Santa Barbara, CA, and South Royalton, VT


Ensembles
Eclectic collection of 12 new works from alternative composer Craig Pallett. Featuring 27 musicians from New York City, Los Angeles, Vermont and Sydney Australia. A soulful celebration of the wheel of life.
Now available directly from composer
CD $10.00 Shipping $5.00

Credits
All music composed by Craig Pallett
Wide Awake composed by Craig Pallett and David Crigger
All music published by Affinity Systems, Inc. (BMI)
Executive Producer – Craig Pallett
Producers – Don DiNicola, David Crigger, Steve Addabbo, Andy West.
Mastered by Don DiNicola
Steve Bartek – Guitars
David Crigger – Drums, Percussion, Electronics
Andy West – Bass
Jennifer Choi – Violin
Jay Anderson – Acoustic Bass
Fung Chern Hwei – Violin
Leon Gaer – Bass
Mary Rowell – Violin
Stephen Gosling – Acoustic Piano
David Cossin – Marimba, Drums, Shakers
Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin – Viola
Wendy Law – Cello
Ken Thomson – Soprano Sax
Alan Kaplan – Trombone
Yves Dharamraj – Cello
Peter Hess – Alto Sax
Katie Kresek – Viola
Steve Kaplan – Acoustic Piano
Alex Hamlin – Baritone Sax
Ronnie Gutierrez – Hand Drums, Percussion
Ed RosenBerg III – Tenor Sax
Craig Pallett – Trumpet, Keyboards, Electronics

Visit the Ensembles page for more information

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Warren Kenton – Jan 8 1933 – Sep 21 2020

My Spiritual teacher/mentor/advisor and friend, for the last 20 years, Warren Kenton, died this Monday September 21st at the age of 87 in London. He is more widely known as ‘Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi’ and is the author of 14 or more books on Kabbalah. I am so fortunate to have had his guidance at this stage of my life. He was the real deal.

Warren on a bench at Hawkwood College

I met Warren for the first time at the Open Center in NYC, in 2001. Chris had known him for years and invited me to a talk. What I remember from the encounter is, I simply told him I was a Buddhist, and asked him if I could study Kabbalah with him. Before this meeting, I actually didn’t have a clue as to what Kabbalah is. This was the beginning of many adventures to London and the UK.

Chris and I would regularly attend his Kabbalistic Summer School, held yearly in the English countryside at Hawkwood College in the Cotswolds, and would normally visit him at his London home each time we were in the UK. We had just purchased a new Pro Sony video camera, and we started taping his talks, maybe one or two each summer, all the while attending these talks as participants. We also taped other talks, in Boston, Vermont and Mexico. In 2010 Warren gave us permission to tape the entire summer school. By that time we were using 2 cameras and a Zoom mic. Warren would normally give 15-16 lectures over a 5 day period. This ended up being a massive task, since we were also attending, and the end result was over 50 hours of recordings. This was edited by us in 2011 and I created an online subscription site to view this video content. It is still online at http://kabbalahsocietyvideo.com/ We also started interviewing Warren in his London house, and many of his students and other events until 2013. We are currently working on a documentary about him.

Warren Kenton at Hawkwood

Until recently, for the last 14 years, I have been the webmaster and programmer for his organizations web site Kabbalah Society International . Chris and I also formatted and created all 15 of the Kindle editions of his work at Amazon . So between editing videos, formatting electronic versions of his book, and actually attending lectures, I probably know more about Kabbalah than I did 20 years ago.

I am going to miss Warren a lot on a physical level, but I’m sure he was ready for his next adventure. Much love to his wife Rebekah, and all his other students. I look forward to continuing to edit this new film about him, which will be a constant reminder of his teachings.

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