Drawing parallels between the age-old patterns of migration in the animal kingdom and the experiences of modern humans in today’s increasingly fraught world, acclaimed classically-trained flautist Eliza Marshall has brought together a collection of top-flight musicians to create the Freedom To Roam project. Under the banner The Rhythms of Migration the album comprises fourteen specially-commissioned instrumental pieces symbolising, celebrating and capturing migratory journeys.
Conceived as both a humanitarian and an environmental project it explores themes such as climate change, environmental destruction, rewilding, conflict and displacement.
Eliza Marshall: “This album approaches the interconnected challenges of climate change, environmental destruction and human displacement within the context of our needs for freedom, empathy and hopefulness. It’s the starting point to an all-encompassing project that aims to change our understanding of nature, wildness and our pivotal role in the future of life on this planet.”
Melding folk and classical influences to produce a collection of stunning and evocative soundscapes the project can boast a stellar cast of players:
Kuljit Bhamra – Tabla, electronic tanpura
Joby Burgess – Percussion
Evan Carson – Additional bodhran
Catrin Finch – Harp, piano
Robert Irvine – Cello
Eliza Marshall – Flutes, whistles, bansuris
Andrew Morgan – Additional percussion and synth
Lydia Lowndes-Northcott – Viola
Dónal Rogers – Bass, guitars, piano, percussion, vocals
Jackie Shave – Violin, piano
Virginia McKenna, icon of wildlife conservation, and the project she founded the Born Free Foundation emerged as champions of the project and as well as the album it also includes a documentary film and a special launch concert at Cecil Sharp House on 18th December.
Gentle, stirring, dramatic, haunting and utterly immersive Freedom To Roam: The Rhythms of Migration is a wonderfully evocative collection of music that will take all but the most stone-hearted of us on a quite magical journey.
Released: 26th November 2021
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