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Remembering The Day the Earth Stood Still
Jessie Allen Cooper's "9-11-01"
CD Press Release
LOS ANGELES-August 8, 2002 - September 11, 2001 is a date forever seared into
our collective memory. As the one year anniversary of that tragic day
approaches, many search for ways to commemorate the victims and heroes whose
stories changed our lives forever.
In a fitting tribute which can be shared by all; producer, composer and saxophonist,
and multi-instrumentalist Jessie Allen Cooper (himself a 7th generation American
who traces his family history back to one of our Founding Fathers, Benjamin
Franklin) has captured the essence of that terrifying day in an extraordinary musical endeavor
Beginning within minutes after the terrorist attacks on the
World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in the air over Pennsylvania,
Cooper conceived and began writing what would eventually become an wrote an entire suite.
In the days following, he
produced an enduring tribute to a world-shaking moment in our history.
Incorporating sound bytes culled from the ubiquitous TV coverage, poignant
vocalizations by Diane Vaughn and Serpentine and his own narration of the
horrific attacks on America.
Tracks on this extraordinary release tell the tale of one man's reactions to
those appalling events, through such titles as "Remix/President of USA," "Dark Tuesday,"
"Out of the Shadows," and "The End of Innocence".
"We searched online quite a bit and to our knowledge, we
were the only team to incorporate live footage with our immediate
reactions," says Brian S. Hanish, a Los Angeles film-maker who recorded
much of the raw television material, "and Jessie was the only guy to record
a full length tribute within the first few days after the tragedy."
However, the innovations didn't stop at sound bytes and guest
"As the reality
unfolded on the TV screen, recalls Cooper, "and we found out who the terrorists were, I decided
to incorporate elements of Middle Eastern music into my compositions, I wanted to create a sense of a dual reality."
The result is Cooper's 11th recording project and his most ambitious venture
to date a release which features
instrumentation such as harmonium and middle east percussion".
Or, as the artist puts it, "Classical Middle Eastern music layered over
contemporary urban musical techniques like looping, appropriation, and ambient
The finished work resonates with the composer's concern, not
just for those directly affected, but for all humanity. An involvement further
driven home by the fact that proceeds from this new album will go toward the
Jessie Allen Cooper Children's Fund, which will help to bring the arts back to
Press Contact: Jessie has been interviewed on
many national radio shows and will be on TV in Los Angeles Sept 11, 2002. He is
available for radio and newspaper interviews, and TV programs in Los Angeles,
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