"A Celebration of Creation" Animal Blessings DVD
Patrick Malone Producer/Director
Paul Winter is a world renowned saxophonist, composer and leader of the Paul Winter Consort. He is an artist in residence at New York's Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and the co-creator of the Earth Mass also known as Missa Gaia.This music is a center piece of the Cathedral's yearly Pet Blessing.
Paul Winter's fusion of jazz, classical and world music creates unique, ethereal soundscapes. He often records in natural environments such as mountains, forests and deserts and the natural atmospheric sounds of these locations becomes an integral part of the music. The calls of wild animals and birds are also woven throughout his recordings.
At the request of Rev. James Parks Morton, Dean of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Paul Winter composed the Earth Mass or Missa Gaia which celebrates the whole Earth as a sacred space. As well, he blended the voices of wolves and whales into the music.