Thursday, March 26, 2015

Stella Maris

Ave, maris stella,
Dei Mater alma,
atque semper Virgo,
felix cœli porta.

Relax, I haven´t turned to religion, and I´m not going to try to impress you with any knowledge of the Russian musician Boris Grebenshikov, but according to Wikipedia he is one of the most prominent members of the generation which is widely considered the "founding fathers" of Russian rock music.

But I do know something (*drums*): He is releasing a single called "Stella Maris" with our man Robert Wyatt on 13 April 2015!
It is to be released worldwide on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

It is a beautiful song based on (or partly being) a plainsong Vespers hymn to Mary called "Ave Maris Stella".

Robert Wyatt – voice, tenor horn, cornet
Boris Grebenshikov – voice, keyboards, mandoline, ocarina
Natalya Vergey – voice
Boris Rubekin – mellotron, flute, piano
Mitchell Froom – OP1, organ
Valeria Kurbatova - harp

String quartet :

Patrick Kiernan – violin
Bruce White – viola
Ian Burdge – cello
Oli Langford –viola

Arranged by David Arch

Choir: Edward Burnaby-Atkins, Augustus Howland, George Laing (Summerfields)
Shaunak Desai, Alessandro D’Orazio, Theo Nash, Nicolas Veal-Baschwitz (London Russian Music School)

Director – Pavel Timofejevsky

We´ll come back (or update this post) when we know the name of the record company, or hear that it is going to be released in any known physical format.

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