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Written, arranged, produced, and engineered by Steve Hahn,
Recorded at DeeP Chocolate Productions, Boulder, CO
Mastering and graphic design by Fanfare Productions, Lakewood, CO
Front cover painting: “Musician” by Carl Kingery
Steve Hahn’s instruments include Chapman Stick, trumpet, bass guitar, and guitar. His first CD, Stickburst, released in March 1994, has been distributed in seventeen countries and been played on radio stations across the United States. His second CD, Native American Music Meets The Chapman Stick, which features music of five Native American tribes transcribed for Chapman Stick and percussion, is being released concurrently with sh. In 1995 Hahn was one of twelve musicians in the United States to receive a Jazz Studies Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, through which he studied with world-renowned jazz artist Alphonso Johnson.
Matt Houston has performed with jazz artists Gary Bartz, Chico Freeman, Benny Golson, Tim Hagens, Conrad Herwig, Dianne Reeves, Claudio Roditi, Bob Belden, Vince Mendoza, and many others. As a classical percussionist he has played with the Green Bay Symphony, the Eastman/Rochester Philharmonic, the Denver Chamber Players, the Denver Brass, and others. His work with ethnic music of Brazil, Africa, and the Caribbean has included performances with such varied artists as Glen Velez, Ruben Alvarez, and Jamey Haddad.
“The Swans at Coole” was inspired by an Irish myth in which the children of Lir were turned into swans by a jealous stepmother. The spell she cast over the children caused them to drift as swans for nine hundred years along Ireland’s shores.
I would like to thank the following people who have been so gracious and supportive while this project has been in production. First, I thank Cheryl for being such a loving and patient partner. Matt for your amazing energy, talent, and friendship; this album would not be what it is without you. Michael Lightner and Scott Bullerwell for all of your support and for lending me gear that led to this completed project. Alphonso Johnson and Frank Jolliffe for all of your inspiration. The National Endowment for the Arts for funding me to study with Alphonso in 1995; Jeff Watson and Margaret Slipek were especially helpful in facilitating the grant. Some of the pieces on sh were inspired by my studies with Alphonso. Dan Barrett, Geir Hasnes, Alan Benjamin, and all of the Giant Tracks gang. Carl Kingery for a painting that captures the essence of sh. Many thanks to all of the people around the world who supported my first CD, Stickburst.
12. "Suite Vignette"
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