The Mirrors Musicians

Catherine Russell

Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker, born with an enviable musical pedigree. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was born in Panama and moved to New Orleans and then New York City, becoming a pioneering pianist/bandleader, and Louis Armstrong’s long-time musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, is an outstanding bassist and vocalist and holder of advanced degrees from Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music.

Catherine is a one of a kind vocalist, a genuine jazz and blues singer who can sing virtually anything. Her voice is full blown femininity incarnate; a dusky, stalwart and soulful instrument that radiates interpretive power yet remains touchingly vulnerable.

She has toured the world, performing and recording with a wide array of trend setting artists, including Paul Simon, David Bowie, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Carrie Smith, and Rosanne Cash. In 2006, she released her debut album, Cat, on Harmonia Mundi's World Village label and her 2nd album, Sentimental Streak, was released in 2008 on the World Village label.

Visit Catherine's website at www.catherinerussell.net

Catherine has graced us with her incredible talent on these Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors albums:

Refuge
Tribe
Bardo

Cyro Baptista

Since arriving in the U.S. in 1980 from his native Brazil, Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the premier percussionists in the country. His mastery of Brazilian percussion, the many instruments he creates himself and his great charisma have catapulted him into world renown.

With his own project, the percussion and dance ensemble known as ‘Beat the Donkey’ Cyro gives free reign to his imagination, mixing his tremendous musical skills, his natural humor and theatrical ways with instruments from Brazil, Middle East, Indonesia, Africa and US. Beat The Donkey’s first self-titled CD (TZADIK) was picked by The New York Times as one of the ten best alternative albums of 2002. In November 2005 , the second CD of the group, “LOVE THE DONKEY” was released by TZADIK.

“…The man the stars call when they want that otherworldly flavor in the mix…” (Time Out New York)

Cyro’s credits read like a “Who’s Who” of modern music. With Herbie Hancock, he recorded and performed worldwide with the Grammy award-winning project “Gershwin’s World”. He also participated in the newest Hancock’s release “Possibilities” (with Paul Simon and Sting) and shares composition credit with Herbie and Trey Anastasio. This track, “GELO NA MONTANHA”, was nominated “Best Pop Instrumental Performance” for this year’s GRAMMY Awards.

He recorded and toured with Yo-Yo Ma’s Brazil Project, with Trey Anastasio (of Phish) and with John Zorn. For 3 years he toured the world with Paul Simon’s “Rhythm of the Saints” and appeared on his Concert in Central Park release. In addition, Cyro toured the US with Sting in 2001. He co-produced with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra a Brazilian Carnaval modern jazz concert.

Among other artists that Cyro has performed and recorded with are : David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Kathleen Battle, Gabrielle Roth, Gato Barbieri, Dr. John, Brian Eno, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Toni Bennett, Robert Palmer, Melissa Etheridge, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Michael Tilson Thomas, Daniel Barenboin, Bobby McFerrin, Gipsy Kings, Medeski Martin & Wood, Spyro Gyra, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and Santana. He has also played with many respected Brazilian artists such as Milton Nascimento, Caetano Veloso, Ivan Lins, Marisa Monte, and Nana Vasconcelos.

Cyro Baptista is featured on these Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors albums:

Tongues
Bardo
Zone Unknown
Endless Wave Volume 1
Tribe
Endless Wave Volume 2

Allison Cornell

Allison Cornell has been featured in many Gabrielle Roth and The Mirrors albums. She has a Masters from Juilliard, and has continued her education in New York as a singer songwriter learning the ropes. Allison has toured with Joe Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Shania Twain, Angelique Kidjo, Jann Arden, Tracy Chapman, Pat Benatar, Ann-Margret and Ronnie Spector. Her other recording credits include work with Cyndi Lauper, Jann Arden, Pat Benatar, Joe Jackson, Rachael Sage, Carter Burwell, Tim Booth, Angelo Badelmente and Branford Marsalis.

Visit Allison's website at www.allisoncornell.com

Allison Cornell is the featured artist on our new album, Jhoom: the Intoxication of Surrender, and has also contributed to these Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors albums:

Ritual
Zone Unknown
Waves
Refuge
Trance
Bardo
Luna
Still Chillin'
Tongues
Jhoom

Sanga of the Valley

Greetings, I am Sanga of the Valley, born in Trinidad & Tobago by way of Africa. I'm a percussionist, healer, composer, teacher, and soul survivor. For over 25 years, I've worked with Babatunde Olatunji and Drums of Passion.

In 1989, I started working with Raven Recording. I love working with Gabrielle, Jonathan and Robert. Gabrielle grounds the feet, Robert keeps the beat, and Jonathan keeps it all together.

I have worked with artists such as Carlos Santana, Nina Simone, The Grateful Dead, the Neville Brothers, Stanley Jordan and many more. Enjoy the website and congratulations to Gabrielle, Jonathan and Robert.

Hope you enjoy the music.

Peace, Love..
Rastafari Live
Selasie I the 1st.

Sanga of the Valley is featured on these Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors albums:

Bones
Refuge
Ritual
Tribe
Waves
Bardo
Trance
Still Chillin'
Luna
Endless Wave Volume 1
Tongues
Endless Wave Volume 2
Stillpoint
Sundari
Zone Unknown

 

 

 

 


    Laur Fugere

    Laur has been singing professionally for over 30 years and has held leading roles in such major productions as Les Misérables, Cats and Jesus Christ Superstar. A Cirque du Soleil partner since 1993, she is currently musical director of a new Cirque du Soleil project which premieres in Quebec City in summer 2009.

    “What fascinates me the most in the vast spectrum of music is the energy, its force of attraction and its power of entrainment. This has made my forays into the world of sound nomadic, and in turn, brought me to versatility in the use of my voice and mastery of far-ranging styles. Exploring improvisation lets virgin lands and hidden continents reveal themselves.

    I see sound’s vibratory nature as a physical strength, a power for incarnation and transformation. The song becomes a phenomenon that transcends a communication of the invisible, sometimes giving way to unheard notes of amazing grace.

    I aspire to inspire. Singing opens my senses to interior spaces that occasionally sweep me to the verge of vertigo. Paradoxically, this feeling frees me by offering a fresh take on all that is beautiful and vibrant. My wish is for my singing to be conducive to such a sense of vulnerability and liberation.”

    Laur has graced us with her extraordinary presence on Bardo and Still Chillin'.