A Woman Wept by the River...new Choral Arts video collaboration by Arati Shah-Yukich and Steven Sametz

New Choral Arts video in honor of Earth Day!!  LINK TO VIDEO: https://youtu.be/Xbeh_LCWg7w.  A Woman Wept by the River by Arati Shah-Yukich & Steven Sametz. Lehigh University Choir,Steven Sametz, Director  Original Story and Composition, Arati Shah-Yukich.     Written and arranged in collaboration with Professor Steven Sametz, Lehigh University  Arati Shah-Yukich - Soloist, Narrator, Playing Tanpura and Swar Mandal; Kalyan Pathak - Tabla; Lauren Furst - Flute.  Sound Engineering and Production: Luis Morales, Steven Sametz.  Art work provided by students of schools in India - Atul Vidyalaya, Atul, Valsad District, Gujarat, India -- Kedi Learning Center, Dharampur District, Gujarat, India.  Bhakti Mistry - Art Teacher, Atul Vidyalaya. Aarti Ranka - Art Teacher, Atul VIdyalaya.  Rutu Prajapati - Guest Art Instructor, Kedi Learning Center.   Production and Recording done at Lehigh University. This production was commissioned through kindness of the Finkel Foundation.------------------------------------------------------- A Note From Dr. Steven Sametz In the spring of 2021, Lehigh University Choir director Steven Sametz invited singer-composer Arati Shah-Yukich to create a new work with members of the Lehigh University Choir.  Shah-Yukichand Sametz had worked in the past to create hybrid works combining elements  of Indian and western choral traditions.   For this project, the Choir studied storytelling from around the world with a desire to tell a story reflecting current social concerns.  With this in mind, Shah-Yukich developed a tale describing a  woman's distress at seeing the pollution of our rivers and the appearance of a swan delivering a message of solace.   The process of composition included creating motives for the choir, teaching these in remote Zoom sessions, and having each student record and submit sound samples; these samples were  assembled by sound engineer Luis Morales and shaped by Steven Sametzand Arati Shah-Yukich.  In addition, Shah-Yukich instructed the Lehigh University Choir members in Hindustani music techniques; the sessions started with Shah-Yukich leading the students with breath and meditation techniques found in Naad Yog  (Yoga of sound and music).    A Woman Wept by the River is an example of how outside conditions – in this case the remote learning during Covid – shaped the compositional process. Teaching individual parts in break-outs rooms and using recorded material from each student (with a variety of sound qualities) fostered an atmosphere of compositional adventure and experimentation.  The addition of artwork from school children in India gave new depth to the piece and reminds us that our concerns for environmental sustainability are global.  We are very grateful to the students and their teachers who made such beautiful drawing to complement the story of A Woman Wept by the River. Our thanks to Arati Shah-Yukich, Lehigh's Finkel Artist-in-Residence for 2021, for her inspired guidance during the creation of A Woman Wept by the River.  Additional thanks to Luis Morales, for his patience and constant technical support of the project.   And to each of the singer-artists who shared in the experience of making art that addresses one of the most pressing issues of our time: how we can sustain the earth's beauty and bounty for generations to come.  -----------------------------------------Arati Shah-Yukich Website:HOME | aratibio (wixsite.com) Lehigh University Links:http://lehighchoralarts.comhttp://facebook.com/lehighchoralartshttps://www.youtube.com/user/LehighChoralArtsParticipating Schools in India:Home | Atul Vidyalaya Kedi - A place for Learning - Home | FacebookKedi The Path