ANIMAL WISDOM soundtrack and live requiem

by Heather Christian and the Animal Wisdom Cast

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about

This double record serves as the soundtrack to Heather Christian’s “Animal Wisdom” — a music forward theater ritual and gathering that sold out a critically acclaimed 10 week run at the Bushwick Starr in New York city October-December of 2017:

“The music is its own winged animal”
NY Times

“Animal Wisdom …is hard to classify—a combination requiem mass, séance, revival meeting, metaphysical lecture, rock concert, and autobiographical one-woman (plus band and choir) show. But it’s stranger and deeper, more powerful and more haunting, than that description implies, the singular product of a dazzlingly original talent…..Christian may dismiss what she does as “a parlor trick,” but trust me: It is genuine magic.”
Vogue Magazine


(to be honest, it was crazy.)

This is a soundtrack of a theater event reimagined as a different kind of offering:
it is one half concept album, one half live recorded event.
These two records were made by a bunch of REAL PEOPLE who willed this thing into existance, including over 100 private donors and 85 singers who learned the Requeim in a week because they are beautiful souls who had something to sing loud about.

If this record exists is it because of and FOR each of them.
(named in liner notes)


Music and Lyrics
Heather Christian

Orchestrations:
Sasha Brown, Heather Christian, Fred Epstien, Eric Farber, Maya Sharpe

Vocal/ Choral Arrangements:
Heather Christian

Produced and Mixed by
Brian Bender at
the Motherbrain in Los Angeles

Engineered by
Todd Carder

Side A was recorded at
‘The Building Records” in Marlboro NY

Side B was recorded at
Town Stages in NYC


Mastered by
Frank Arkwright at
Abbey Road in London

Cover Image taken by
Maria Baranova Suzuki

credits

released November 1, 2019

SIDE A:

Piano/Vocals:
Heather Christian

Guitars:
Sasha Brown

Basses:
Fred Epstein

Percussion:
Eric Farber

Violin:
Maya Sharpe

Background Vocals:
Fred Epstein
Maya Sharpe
Heather Christian

Additional Vocals:
Eric Farber
Sasha Brown
Eamon Goodman

Lap Steel and Organ:
Jon Anderson

Bass Clarinet:
Eamon Goodman


SIDE B:
The following is a recording of a live event that took place on November 1st and 2nd 2019 at Town Stages in NYC.

Piano/Vocals:
Heather Christian

Guitars:
Sasha Brown

Bass:
Fred Epstein

Percussion:
Eric Farber

Violin:
Maya Sharpe

VOCALISTS:
Aleksander Varadian
Amy Santos
Audrey Hayes
Ben Klein
Bex Odorisio
Chloé Lexia Worthington
Dalen Leavy
Dani Thompson
Davina Honeghan-Marshall
Desiree De Cahlo
Drew Broussard
Eamon Goodman
Eleanor Philips
Ellen Winter
Em Watson
Emily Caffrey
Emily Hausmann
Emily Krause
Franklin Chue
Grenetta Mason
J Walter Hawkes
Jessie Winograd
Jill Frutkin
Julia Louis
Julia Sirna-Frest
Kait Warner
Kayla Sklar
Kayleigh Rozwat
Kristyn C. Ballard
Lauren Mannino
Lauren Miller
Madrid Vinarski
Margaret Remboski
Marisa Clementi
Mei Ann
Megan Paradis Hanley
Mickaila Perry
Onyie Nwachukwu
Owen Chelsea
Nadine Daniels
Rachel Karp
Raquel Cion
Robin Sokoloff
Sam Grant
Sarah Gallegos
Sarah Gancher
Sean Donovan
Shayna Small
Sharyn Thomas
Storm Thomas
Tamara Hayes
Teri Madonna
Vanessa Felix
Vanessa Truell



THIS RECORD COULD NOT BE MADE WITHOUT THE INTREPID SUPPORT OF THE FOLLOWING TEAM:

Chie Morita
Brittany Coyne
Lucy Jackson
Tater Polato
Town Stages, specifically Robin Sokoloff and Staci Jacobs
The Bushwick Starr, specifically Noel Allain and John DelGaudio



AND THE FOLLOWING ANGELS:
Virginia Lincoln
Town Stages/Sokoloff Arts
Ruben Flores
Greta Mansour
Dennis Christian
Jason Kemper
Jody Bedol
Pierette Farber
Alice Griffiths
Kassandra Miller
Brandon Graham
Ken Yee
Gyason Copeland
David Loewy
Mark McLaughlin
Gregory Taubman



THIS EVENING WAS SUNG IN HONOR OF THESE DEPARTED LOVED ONES AND INTENTIONS:

Bill Ray
Bonez
Clarity
Cole Winter
Dana Lewis
Declog
Donna Maria
Emily and Robert
Everyone at Tree of Life Synagogue
Flo and Dolly Hope
Gosia
JT
Judy Bixler
Kenneth Thomas
Kenny Maloney
Kevin Vicious
Konrad
La Nor
Maggie O
Mamy et Papi
Michael
Norm
Oma
Peggy Smith
Richmond Shepherd
Miss Margaret
Stan
Sister Rose
TOFL
Tom Dunning

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Heather Christian & The Arbornauts Beacon, New York

An Arbornaut is a three way cross between a flying squirrel, an astronaut, and an angel. I know one as soon as I spot one. They are naturally occuring in nature. I had a dream about them once and started a band. We are a choir and we are an orchestra. We are disgruntled classical musicians & believers in musical traditions of feeling lots of things. This is the noise from the inside of a root. ... more

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