Cellotales-Melding of Music Myth & Memories
- Artist: Leeny del Seamonds
- Format: CD
- Release Date:9/20/2005
Gideon Freudmann teams up with storyteller Leeny del Seamonds in a captivating collection of tales from around the world. Freudmann provides a sonic electric cello backdrop as Del Seamonds tells tales of magic cranes, spooky dares, and the perils of getting what you wish for. Winner of 2005 Storytelling World Award and the Parents' Choice Gold Award. CelloTales is a magical, musical journey around the world where the wonder of timeless stories is melded with boundless music, transporting listeners into the soul of the story and song. It is a unique collaboration of two art forms, complementing each other and intertwined in such a way that when Leeny's voice stops, Gideon's electric cello continues, and vice versa. The cello becomes a character in the story. 'A splendid marriage of cello and story, this CD transports listeners to Japan, Spain, and Germany. The cello produces the wings of the flight, and the stories become the nourishment-creating an unforgettable journey. In the Japanese folk tale Suki, a crane's magic alters the life of an elderly, childless couple. The second story, El Desafio (Spanish for 'The Dare'), is a popular urban legend that makes listeners think twice (or thrice) before accepting a dare. 'The Fisherman and His Wife personifies the adage, 'Be happy with what you have; be careful what you wish for.' This German tale describes a humble fisherman who lives with his wife in a modest shack by the sea. After the husband tosses back a 'talking fish,' the greedy wife implores him to recall the fish and demand a reward of a nice, clean cottage. She then demands a big stone castle with acres of land; shortly afterwards she wants to be ruler of an immense crystal palace. Still not satisfied, she soon demands to be Lord of the Universe. Del Seamonds wittingly demonstrates what happens to those with insatiable greed. Children whose mantra seems to be 'Buy me this.... Give me that....' might do a double take after hearing this story. Although this folk tale is found in most cultures, this musical and narrative adaptation is captivating, compelling, and highly suspenseful. ' - Parents' Choice 'CelloTales: The Melding of Music, Myth & Memories,' created and performed by Leeny del Seamonds and cellist Gideon Freudmann, won a 2004 Parents' Choice Gold Award. 'CelloTales' is a unique and special collaboration of music and storytelling. The wonder of timeless stories is melded with boundless music, transporting listeners into the soul of the story and song. In her review for Parents' Choice, Dr. Flora Joy declared, 'A splendid marriage of cello and story, this CD transports listeners to Japan, Spain, and Germany . The cello produces the wings of the flight, and the stories become the nourishment-creating an unforgettable journey.' 'Freudmann's inventive cello accompaniment is integral rather than supplemental to Del Seamonds' entertaining tales in this unique listening adventure.' -Booklist 'Storyteller Leeny del Seamonds and electric cellist Gideon Freudmann team up in this unique blend of music and story. Del Seamonds makes masterful use of her expressive voice, melding it with Freudmann's cello as a fellow instrument in the symphony of the tales.' -School Library Journal.