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John Sinnok

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This is an original chamber jazz piece for Earthsound - jazz quartet (flute, piano, bass, and drums) and string quartet. It features the recorded observations of Iñupiat elder John Sinnok speaking about climate change in Shishmaref, Alaska. During the piece, you'll hear Mr. Sinnok speak about how the snow is changing with rising temperatures, so that the sound of people walking through the snow is different than it used to be:

Back when I was young
We have always had north wind
All the time
And we would have blizzards
And cold north winds for a good month
And it would be like that for a long time
But after that
The snow gets so cold
That you could hear people walking outside
You could hear their footsteps outside
Nowadays, it doesn't get that hard anymore where you can hear people walking past
The snow doesn't get that hard, dry anymore, like it used to


released June 15, 2016
Amir Milstein, flute
Henrique Eisenmann, piano
Bertram Lehmann, drums
Jason Davis, bass
Claire Bourg, violin
Harriet Langley, violin
Jing Peng, viola
Jung-Hsuan Ko, cello

Recorded and mixed at Wellspring Studio, Acton MA
Mastered by Joel Edinberg


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Earthsound Massachusetts

Earthsound, led by bassist and composer Jason Davis, combines jazz, world music, and sounds of the natural world. Through the organization Climate Stories Project, Earthsound produces original music which incorporates excerpts from climate story interviews, creating a vivid portrait of the changing climate as expressed through music and spoken narrative. ... more

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