Tara Hugo, singer, actress
Tara Hugo sings Glass
December 11, 2012

Executive Producers: Philip Glass,
Kurt Munkacsi, Don Christensen
Arrangements: Trevor Gureckis
Orange Mountain Music

Always Neverwas (Lyrics by Tara Hugo)

Let The Letter Read You (Poetry of Jalaluddin Rumi)

How Much I Love You by Leonard Cohen

The New Rule (Poetry of Jalaluddin Rumi)

Spinning (Lyrics by Tara Hugo)

Feeding Frenzy (Lyrics by Tara Hugo)

Streets Of Berlin (Lyrics by Martin Sherman)

A Sip of Wine (Poetry of Leonard Cohen)

Cabin In The Rockies

Kabul (Lyrics by Tara Hugo)

Planctus (Lyrics by Natalie Merchant, from a Latin text)

The Night of Santiago (Lyrics by Leonard Cohen)

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The first time I heard Tara Hugo sing was during a rehearsal for the BOOK OF LONGING, a Philip Glass/Leonard Cohen collaboration. I immediately knew her approach to Philip's work was special. When singing Philip Glass music, most singers tend to use their voices like a musical instrument, concentrating solely on pitch and rhythm. When Tara sang, she conveyed the emotion and meaning of the lyric.

When Philip asked me to work on a song project with Tara and Trevor Gureckis I got very excited. Over the years Philip has written many songs but they were often overlooked in the context of his huge body of larger works. He would sporadically write one here, one there — usually in conjunction with a film soundtrack or a theatre project. For years I have been making note of them and waiting for the right singer to come along so we could record a song album. Tara Hugo turned out to be that special singer.

- Kurt Munkacsi 2012

Recorded June 2012 at Tainted Blue Studios, New York. Produced by Kurt Munkacsi, Conducted and Arranged by Trevor Gureckis, Engineered/Mixed by Derik Lee, Assistant, James Yost, Contractor, Christian Rutledge Trevor Gureckis, piano Megan Gould, violin Luke Cissell, violin Claudia Chopek, violin Karen Waltuch, viola Noah Hoffeld, cello Logan Coale, double bass Alex Sopp, flute Hideaki Aomari, clarinet Alicia Lee, bass clarinet Ashley Jackson, harp Freddie Stevenson, guitar (The New Rule) Danielle Schwob, guitar (Cabin in the Rockies)

Love and thanks to Trevor Gureckis and the amazing musicians on the recording.

Love and thanks to Kurt Munkacsi, Don Christensen, Richard Guerin, and above all, Philip Glass.

Huge love and thanks to Hugo and Mary Lou Loewenstern. Special love and thanks to Steven Crossley and to Alan Rickman, Rima Horton, David Pearl, Joan Lader, Larry Yurman, Justin Adams, Americas Rada Network. In London: Nigel Lilley, Mark Collins, Tom Wakeley, Geoff Stanton (Brunskill Mgmt), RADA. In NY: Marilynn Scott Murphy (Professional Artists), Thom Gough (Breakdown Svs), Matthew Brookshire/Cassandra Powell (Actors Fund), Chris Loupos, Sugar Vendil, Theresa Granza (IIE), Issue Project Room, Garrison Institute. And to: Tina Quattlebaum, Dana Isaac, Kevin, David and Keith Loewenstern, Jerry Glick, Fred Glick, AJ Lorie, Levys, Parrs, Marci, Katy, Patty and all the singing women in my music playing family.

Album cover photo: Rebecca Smeyne
Jewelry: Francine LeFrak + Same Sky www.samesky.com, provides employment in Africa to HIV positive women artisans who create handblown glass bead bracelets and jewelry

Tara Hugo 2012