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REMEMBERING THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
Jessie Allen Cooper's "9-11-01" Tribute
LOS ANGELES, CA. (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, 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 entitled "9-11-01."
Beginning within minutes of 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 entire suite. In the days which followed, 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 filmmaker who recorded much of the raw television material used on the album. "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 appearances. "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 Eastern percussion. Or, as the artist puts it, "Classical Middle Eastern music, layered over contemporary urban musical techniques like looping, appropriation and ambient jazz."
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 public schools. For additional information visit the website at www.coopersoundwaves.com
ON THE MARK - AUGUST, 2002 -Mark A. Rivera
Inspired by the events that happened and had followed September 11, 2002, Producer, Composer, Saxophonist, and Multi-Instrumentalist Jesse Allen Cooper, a seventh generation American who has traced his family history all the way back to one of the country's Benjamin Franklin, privately produced an album of music incorporating vocalizations by Diane Vaughn and Serpentine and his own narration of the horrific attacks on America. The CD incorporates elements of Middle Eastern percussion layered over contemporary urban musical techniques like looping, appropriation, and ambient jazz to create a kind of meditation on the events for one's own consumption.
The finished work resonates with the composer's concern, not just for those directly affected, but also for all humanity. Proceeds for the album will go toward the Jessie Allen Cooper Children's Fund, which will help to bring the arts back into public schools. For additional information visit the website at www.coopersoundwaves.com. -Mark A. Rivera
©Copyright 2002 By Mark A. Rivera _All Rights Reserved.
FILM FORCE - JUNE, 2002 - Ken P.__While I do want to move on quickly from the subject of 9/11, there's one more release I wanted to mention, this time in music form. I've been listening to one of the most haunting ? yet somehow cathartic ? releases I think I've ever heard. What's interesting is that I don't know if it's the music that is causing the flood of emotions, or if it's the prism of the events of 9/11 that is allowing the music to have more resonance. The CD in question is 9-11-01 (Cooper Sound Waves, $14.95 SRP), by Jessie Allen Cooper. The suite was begun immediately following the attack, and the flood of emotions is evident when you listen to the piece ? which combines vocals and soundbites from the actual news coverage of the events. When I first heard of this CD, I thought, "There's another guy trying to capitalize on a national tragedy, and I want no part of it." Then I heard the disc... and I was wrong. People respond in their own ways to tragedy... writers write, painters paint, orators speak, and musicians write music.
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