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Guebru, Emahoy Tsegue-Mariam  -   Jerusalem – New LP
Mississippi Records

Guebru, Emahoy Tsegue-Mariam - Jerusalem – New LP

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From beloved composer Emahoy Tsege Mariam Gebru, a revelatory new album of piano pieces, unreleased or virtually inaccessible until now!

Emahoy Tsege Mariam Gebru is a true original – an Ethiopian nun whose recordings have funded orphanages back home since the early ’60s. Her compositions and unique playing style live somewhere between Erik Satie, Debussy, liturgical music of the Coptic Ethiopian Church, and Ethiopian traditional music. It is some of the most moving piano music you will ever hear.

This is the first archival release of the great composer’s recordings since the Éthiopiques series reintroduced her music to the world in 2006. Drawn from original master tapes and a nearly impossible-to-find vinyl release, Jerusalem unveils profound new facets of Emahoy Gebru’s performance and compositions.

The record picks up where the last two Mississippi releases left off, with tracks from her 1972 album Hymn of Jerusalem, of which only a handful of copies are known to exist. These include “Home of Beethoven,” “Aurora,” and a true masterpiece that stands amongst her greatest compositions, the moving “Jerusalem.” “Quand La Mer Furieuse” is the first release featuring Emahoy’s singing voice, forshadowing a vocal album planned for fall 2023. The B-Side brings us the artist’s home recordings - tracks like “Farewell Eve,” “Woigaye Don’t Cry Anymore,” and “Famine Disaster 1974” mark a bridge from liturgical work to dark and intense classical material, a new mode.

This album is released in celebration of Emahoy Gebru’s 99th birthday on December 12, 2022. Mississippi is honored to work with the Emahoy Tsege Mariam Music Publisher to continue to introduce this visionary composer to the world.

Newly remastered recordings pressed on 160gm black vinyl, heavy jacket with reproduction of 1972 artwork, song notes by the artist.

released April 14, 2023

All songs composed and performed by Emahoy Tsege Mariam Gebru.
All songs licensed from Emahoy Tsege Mariam Music Publishing, Inc.

Compilation produced by Cyrus Moussavi and Gordon Ashworth.
Audio Restoration and Remastering by Timothy Stollenwerk.
Lacquers by Adam Gonsalves.
Vinyl pressed by Smashed Plastic.

This production made possible by support and assistance from:

Emahoy Tsege Mariam Gebru, Hanna M. Kebbede, Jappi Yilma, Adam Holofcener, Thomas Feng, Bill McQuay and the Audiovisual Preservation Lab at Cornell University Library, Jerusalem Season of Culture.

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