The Ethereal World Orchestra

The Ethereal World Orchestra

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Returns to the days of folklore and mysticism when music music had a magical quality to touch the hearts of both young and old. Explores Celtic, jazz, gospel, middle-eastern, Appalachian folk, classical European, acoustic blues rock and spiritual/trance music.

Biography

This unique collaboration between the Avalonian Bard, David Christopher, and the Angelic Shaman of Sound, Pamela West, explores the acoustic orchestration missing in much of today’s modern music. Elements of traditional Irish and English folk arrangements blend with bits of psychedelic art rock, American Gospel, classical European and Gregorian-style choirs to produce an ethereal soundscape that will soothe the soul and transport the mind through time and space.

The Ethereal World Orchestra is founded on the principal that music is the most powerful healing and teaching tool in the Universe, essential to a happy, well-rounded existence. Music is capable of shaping the thoughts and emotions of millions of people simultaneously. Every living cell perceives it not just audibly, but within the essential building blocks of frequency and vibration in the living body; therefore, it must be transmitted with the utmost care and respect to create a positive impact on the life force of this planet. Music brings people together in love and celebration, and it consoles and uplifts us even in life’s darkest moments. Each performing member of the orchestra has been brought together by Divine intervention to create a timeless musical mosaic formed for the sole purpose to heal the planet in these chaotic times full of disease, disharmony, and great change. Every effort is made to reproduce and enhance the recordings and live performances so that the greatest resonance among listeners can be achieved.

Additionally, David and Pamela are gifted healers and visionaries who use music as a catalyst for personal transformation and shifts in planetary consciousness. Originally from Salzburg, Austria, David spent seven years studying the magical traditions of mystic Avalon in Glastonbury Tor, as well as chant, meditation, and energy pathway work. Pamela received her Reiki training from her home state of Ohio in the USA and is currently a Reiki Master III, working on empathic emotional release and physical pain management with cancer patients, disabled children, hospice and nursing home residents, and animals. Both David and Pamela are well versed in world religions, humanities, cultural history, philosophy, and metaphysics and they incorporate this wisdom into songs that transmute negative vibrations into positive thought forms through universal life experience.

This alchemy is delivered with lovely arrangements, four part harmonies, and exceptional musical proficiency among all performers. Brilliant Bouzouki work, Irish Tin Whistles, keyboard Bass and Guitar accompany David Christopher's rich classically trained baritone voice. Pamela’s 4.5 octave coloratura range soars and augments the music with counterpoint harmonies, adding traditional Silver, Indian Bansuri and American Indian flutes, Bassoon, Recorders and six and twelve string Guitar. Both are accomplished pianists and composers/arrangers, and play a vast array of percussion instruments and ethnic drums.

David studied classical piano and voice and began composing and playing music professionally in his late teens. He spent many years as the lead singer of a rock band, and then exploring the Irish/English folk traditions in a band called The Galien from in the late 1990’s, which toured the United Kingdom and Europe and performed in several major music festivals. He has been a composer for nearly twenty years, but currently works as an archeologist in Vienna, Austria with plans to come to the US in late 2004.

Pamela was a symphonic bassoonist in the US Army Bands, performing for Heads of State at the age of seventeen, before a shoulder injury ended her competitive classical career. She studied opera, piano, bassoon, theory and conducting at the University of Akron School of Music, and obtained a Bachelor of Science Education/Creative Writing degree from Ashland University in Ohio. She recorded her first pop rock studio demo in 1994, and released three independent albums on her label, Angelfly Records. Inc. Evolution (1997 – Progressive Rock) and Dweller on the Threshold (1999 – Psychedelic Pop Rock), still receive AOR radio play worldwide with increased interest. Her Worldbeat Children’s Album, Are You Ready, Get Set...Let’s Go! (2003), has been embraced by the United Nations and acclaimed as the Jonathan Livingston Seagull of “children’s” concept albums. Pamela has performed in orchestras, musical theater, and as a solo artist and in bands in venues throughout the Midwest, East Coast US, Caribbean, and England, to include major rock, jazz and blues festivals. She teaches young children therapeutic music as a language, in addition to developing her own early childhood and after-school music programs in her school of music and creative development.

The Ethereal World Orchestra (EWO) musicians are a rotating roster of exceptional talent with many years of combined touring and performance experience with major rock, country, and jazz artists throughout th

Lyrics

Movie Screen

Written By: Pamela West

Hiding in hollow trees, smelling like animal fear. Waiting for wolves to devour my strength again, and again and again.
Chorus: Am I making this harder than it needs to be? Am I caught in the drama of my own movie screen.
Climbing the step ladder, having to carve every single rung. Shoo away flies that cling to me like I'm a pile of dung.
Chorus.
Sitting like paper weights buried forgotten upon a wooden desk, jealous of street pigeons freedom to fly from stoop to nest.
Chorus.
Sometimes we play the martyrs, we sacrifice and we bleed, but I guess we can't all be the hero who steals the heart of the queen.

Dedicated to unsung heros in the workforce everywhere--nurses, teachers, secretaries, fire & police. Written while I worked a nightmare job at a Detroit record label.

Leaving of Liverpool

Written By: Traditional Irish Song

Fare thee well, to you my ole true love. I'm going far far away. You see I'm bound for California, but I hope that I'll return one day.
Chorus:
I said Fare thee Well, me own true love. When I return united we will be. (We will be!) It's not the leaving of liverpool that grieves me, but me darlin' when I think of thee.

Well I was sailing on a yankee clipper ship, Davey Crockett was her name. And though the captain's name was Borgess, and they say that she's afloat in hell.
Chorus

Now the sun is setting on the Harbour love, and now I wish I could remain, but now 'tis sure it's going to be a long, long time before I will see you again.

So I say fare thee well, me own true love. When I return united we will be (we will be!). It's not the leaving of liverpool that grieves me, but me darlin' when I think of thee.
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John Barleycorn Must Die

Written By: Old English Folk Song

John Barleycorn Must Die”

There were three men came out of the west ,their fortunes for to try,
And these three men made a solemn vow John Barleycorn must die.

They've ploughed, they've sown, they've harrowed him in
Threw clods upon his head,
And these three men made a solemn vow John Barleycorn was dead.

The let him lie for a very long time till the rains from Heaven did fall,
And little Sir John sprung up his head and so amazed them all.

They've let him stand till Midsummer's day,
till he looked both pale and wan.
And little Sir John's grown a long, long beard and so become a man.

They've hired men with the scythes so sharp to cut him off at the knee,
They've rolled him and tied him by the waist, serving him most barb'rously.

They've hired men with the sharp pitchforks, who pricked him through the heart
And the loader, he has served him worse than that, for he's bound him to the cart.

They've wheeled him around and around a field, till they came unto a barn,
And there they made a solemn oath on poor John Barleycorn

They've hired men with the crab-tree sticks, to cut him skin from bone,
And the miller, he has served him worse than that,
for he's ground him between two stones.

And little Sir John and the nut brown bowl and his brandy in the glass
And little Sir John and the nut brown bowl proved the strongest man at last

The huntsman, he can't hunt the fox nor so loudly to blow his horn,
And the tinker, he can't mend kettle nor pots without a little barley corn

Discography

Summer 2004 Demo recorded in an Attic studio in Mattinghofen, Austria. Leaving of Liverpool, Movie Screen, and our version of John Barleycorn are starting to get airplay both in the United States and Europe. A full length release is planned for Spring 2005 after David Christopher comes to the United States in January.
Jammin' at Matzingergasse, Vienna, Austria -- Live Jam Session recording of the first time David & Pamela played together after meeting on the streets of Vienna city during one of Pamela's street performances.

Set List

As a duo:
Catalog of over 30 traditional Irish, Scottish, and English folk songs, and learning more. Includes our version of Jon Barleycorn Must Die and other favorites. High energy, very entertaining!
Full Band:
Jam Band/Improvisational Extravaganza with core worldbeat originals, beautiful melodies, and spiritual lyrics, seeking to transport our audience into the White Light for a mystical, meditative, healing experience.