Places I’ve Walked
Richard Carr composer
Follow composer Richard Carr as he guides you through his world-travel experiences in his Ravello Records release PLACES I’VE WALKED. The feeling of authenticity cannot be understated in these compositions, divided into four parts.
The album opens with a tranquil, zen-like piece called Fiordland, an ode to his time spent trekking through the mountains of South Island, New Zealand. Carr creates a mellow, introspective sound utilizing orchestral instruments such as a harp, piano, and violin. However, it’s the employment of the sound of native ducks that gives the piece an extra dimension and paints an image of the island’s beauty.
Part 2 starts with Cordillera Blanca, Carr’s interpretation of his trek through the Andes which is performed using bansuri flute, percussion, guitar, and numerous string instruments. The composition fades slowly into the more melancholic and mysterious tone of Markha Valley, expressing Carr’s experiences in the valley in Kashmir with the harp setting the tone.
In Parts 3 and 4, the compositions guide you steadily through snapshots of Carr’s memories. The dreamy transitions are at once nostalgic memories and eye-opening adventures. From the raw nature of the Moroccan street singer in Both Sacred and Profane to the violent rain and thunder occuring in NYC in Avenue C Rainstorm, the sound is vivid and true as the album drifts hazily through the composition.
PLACES I’VE WALKED is more than just an album. It’s an experience, a memoir, a travelogue, all meticulously pieced together note by note and step by step.
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Track Listing & Credits
|01||Places I've Walked, Pt. 1: No. 1, Fiordland||Richard Carr||Mia Theodoratus, harp; Ben Carr, electronics; Richard Carr piano, violin, sampled instruments||3:06|
|02||Places I've Walked, Pt. 2: No. 2, Cordillera Blanca||Richard Carr||Steve Gorn, bansuri flute; Ben Carr, bass; Joakim Lartey, percussion; Richard Carr, violin, viola, guitar, piano||4:31|
|03||Places I've Walked, Pt. 2: No. 3, Markha Valley||Richard Carr||Mia Theodoratus, harp; Steve Gorn, bansuri flute; Peter Head, homemade guitar; Joakim Lartey, percussion; Richard Carr, guitar, piano||3:47|
|04||Places I've Walked, Pt. 3: No. 4, Both Sacred and Profane||Richard Carr||Steve Gorn, clarinet; Ben Carr, bass; Fre Atlast, percussion; Richard Carr, strings||5:05|
|05||Places I've Walked, Pt. 3: No. 5, Wetlands in Early Spring||Richard Carr||Sylvain Leroux, fula flute; Richard Carr, piano, sampled instruments||4:15|
|06||Places I've Walked, Pt. 3: No. 6, Avenue C Rainstorm||Richard Carr||Sylvain Leroux, fula flute; Gus Mancini, alto sax; Ben Carr, bass; Fre Atlast, percussion; Richard Carr, keyboard, sampled instruments||4:21|
|07||Places I've Walked, Pt. 3: No. 7, Nagasaki Peace Park||Richard Carr||Mia Theodoratus, harp; Steve Gorn, bansuri flute; Peter Head, electric guitar; Richard Carr, bowed strings||5:20|
|08||Places I've Walked, Pt. 3: No. 8, Through Streams||Richard Carr||Joe North, tenor sax; Ted Morcaldi, guitar, electronics; Peter Head, electric guitar; Sylvain Leroux, fula flute; Mia Theodoratus, harp; Fre Atlast, percussion; Richard Carr, violin, piano||7:27|
|09||Places I've Walked, Pt. 3: No. 9, Jardin de plantes||Richard Carr||Mia Theodoratus, harp; Steve Gorn, bansuri flute; Richard Carr, bowed strings||2:14|
|10||Places I've Walked, Pt. 3: No. 10, Bowery Murals||Richard Carr||Joe North, tenor sax; Peter Head, guitar; Ben Carr, bass; Joakim Lartey, percussion; Fre Atlast, percussion; Richard Carr, electric violin, keyboards||7:33|
|11||Places I've Walked, Pt. 3: No. 11, Corridors of Light||Richard Carr||Peter Head, guitar loop; Richard Carr, piano, bowed strings||5:14|
|12||Places I've Walked, Pt. 4: No. 12, Clementerio La Recoleta||Richard Carr||Richard Carr, all instruments||3:16|
All tracks recorded and edited by Richard Carr
Executive Producer Bob Lord
Executive A&R Sam Renshaw
A&R Chris Robinson
Vice President, Audio Production Jeff LeRoy
Production Engineer Lucas Paquette
Art Director Brett Picknell
Design Ryan Harrison
Publicity Patrick Niland
Richard Carr is a violinist, composer, and music educator who lives in Rosendale NY (85 miles north of New York City). He holds a doctorate in music education from Columbia University. He has recorded numerous albums under his own name and with artists such as Bill Laswell, Fred Frith, Bootsy Collins, Sly & Robbie, The Swans, Milt Hinton, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli Jr., Alan Dawson, Howard Alden, and Karl Berger.
Now into my 7th decade, I have traveled to places both near and far; internal and external. This album reflects those journeys. It was first conceived as an uninterrupted hour-long piece. I recorded a lengthy guitar improvisation and built the piece on its foundation. Ironically, not one note of the original improvisation is heard in the final product. All of the 11 participating musicians are from the New York area. Most were recorded during “house calls” where I went to their homes and recorded their contributions with portable equipment.
It became apparent through the process that there were points where the music arrived at a resting place. Hence the work is divided into four parts.
– Richard Carr