One Thousand Cranes
Weaving exquisite vocals, thoughtful lyrics, shimmering harp, haunting cedarwood flutes and double-vessel clay flutes, guitars, shruti box and frame drums with the spirit of peace and contemplation, O'Connell and Freeman perform soul-stirring music that has been described as 'hauntingly beautiful,' 'passionate' and 'deeply spiritual.' ----------------- 'Chris and Janice, I love your music! Soulful and inspiring, your music summons us to act for life and for justice. Thank you!' --SISTER HELEN PREJEAN, AUTHOR, 'DEAD MAN WALKING' 'The clarity and beauty of Chris and Janice's music is matched by the depth and passion of their commitment toward a more decent world. Their songs come from the core of their being and will deeply move your heart.' --DAVID KRIEGER, PRESIDENT, NUCLEAR AGE PEACE FOUNDATION 'With their spirited music, Chris and Janice greatly enriched our three-day Peace Retreat. The songs and instrumental music they wrote and performed were exceptional - highly appropriate to our event, which celebrated our love for life and our desire to preserve it. In addition, the retreatants enjoyed taking part in the meditative chanting they led and the high-hearted dancing they inspired.' --JOANNA MACY, SCHOLAR OF BUDDHISM, TEACHER OF DEEP ECOLOGY 'Chris O'Connell and Janice Freeman have provided La Casa de Maria with music for a number of retreats and workshops. No one has done it better. The quality of their music, the creativity and connectedness of mood and purpose make the retreats very special. I highly recommend them' --DON GEORGE, DIRECTOR, LA CASA DE MARIA, MONTECITO, CA 'It has been a joy and privilege to work with Chris O'Connell and Janice Freeman. Their inspiration and dedication to Spirit and to Peace are present in voice and song. The musicianship of Chris O'Connell is truly divine...Janice's voice is alive with passion. The world needs their contributions to peace.' --AVON MATTISON, PRESIDENT, PATHWAYS TO PEACE 'Peacemaking is soul work. The music of Chris O'Connell and Janice Freeman combine these realities in a profound way.' --REVEREND MICHAEL McKEON 'Chris and Janice reach deep into our hearts with their passionate music and song. Their beautiful and courageous sound soars across boundaries, disarms our hesitancies and calls us to prayer and action.' --TONI FLYNN, DIRECTOR,HIGH DESERT CATHOLIC WORKER 'Praise and thanksgiving for the beauty and passion in the music and words of Chris and Janice. In quiet listening, one enters the doorway of reflection, where we are once again challenged and committed to work for peace, justice and the dignity of all. --SISTER CATHERINE CONNELL, SSS CO-FOUNDER WELLSPRING WOMEN'S CENTER 'Deeply beautiful, quietly inspiring, and richly woven with prayers for a more just and caring world...The music of Janice and Chris carries imaginations and hearts to a place of peace where we are held and healed within the mystery and Sacred presence of Love.' DENISE SEWART, PEACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE COORDINATOR --------------- Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Chris O'Connell is a frequent performer at retreats, conferences, workshops and festivals. He is also a regular Presenter on the subjects of Music for Hospice Care and The Healing Nature of Music. Chris was integral in the creation and implementation of Hospice of San Luis Obispo's Supportive Music Program in which musicians play music at the bedside of the terminally ill and dying. Drawing on his love of music from around the world, Chris also presents workshops and programs of music and stories to children throughout California. JANICE FREEMAN is a longtime songwriter and performer. Blending ancient chant with contemporary poetry, her thoughtful music centers on relationship, the sacredness of all life, peace and justice and love of nature. With deeply felt melodies and a clear, powerful voice that reaches out to others, her music is at once accessible and uniquely mystical. She has performed original music at workshops, conferences, retreats and concerts and is experienced as a liturgical cantor.