Earth Affair

"Liberté" is the name of drummer Gulli Briem's new album release, an Indie/World-music/pop project which he calls Earth Affair.

GULLI-BRIEM--EARTH-AFFAIR,LIBERTÉ-PRESSPHOTO-7 Gulli Briem is a founding member and drummer of the dance - funk group Mezzoforte, that had major success in the mid-eighties with the album Surprise surprise and the top ten hit single "Garden Party". Gulli shows a new side to his talents on this record with "film like" ambient, almost orchestral pieces of music that draw you quickly into their sonic world. The songs are indeed surprising and dynamic, where Gulli features South African singer, Vusi Mahlasela as well as using unusual instruments like an Icelandic Stone Harp made by modern artist Páll Guðmundsson from Húsafell, Iceland, as well as Dulcitone & Glockenspiel. British string arranger Simon Hale contributed to the album with two string arrangements performed by a hungarian string ensemble in Budapest. The Liberté album features eight new compositions written mostly by Gulli Briem & Icelandic poet Jökull Jörgensen. Additional musicians apart from Mahlasela are trumpeters Joo Kraus, Sebastian Studnitzky, percussionist Frank Aarnik, guitarist Arnar Guðjónsson. Gulli's voice, powerful drumming and piano playing make "Liberté" a very unique album of soothing, but at the same time strong and dynamic pieces of music.

Welcome to the soulful world of Earth affair.

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Gulli Briem / Earth Affair - Liberté

1. Mother (6,25) Written by G.Briem Lyrics by J.Jörgensen Gulli Briem – Vocals, Drums & Keyboards Jökull Jörgensen – Bass Arnar Guðjónsson – Guitars Sebastian Studnitzky – Grand Piano & Keyboards Thorvaldur Thor Thorvaldsson – Goatshoes Strings 1st violin – Rita Gardian 2nd violin – Tunde Banhegyi Viola – Lilla Ersek Cello – Monika Andrasi Johannesburg childrens voices: “The children from Merlyn Nokwe place” Icelandic childrens voices: Katrín Briem, Molly Jökulsdóttir, Erna Jökulsdóttir Backing vocals: Margrét Eir Strings arranged by Gulli Briem   2. Jewels up high (7,05) Written by G.Briem Lyrics by J. Jörgensen Gulli Briem – Vocals, Drums & Keyboards Sebastian Studnitzky – Grand Piano / Dulcitone & Programming Jökull Jörgensen – Bass Frank Aarnink – Glockenspiel   3. The Fugue (5,57) Written by G.Briem Gulli Briem – Vocals, Drums & Keyboards Vusi Mahlasela – Vocals Jökull Jörgensen – Bass Frank Aarnik – Icelandic Stoneharp Sebastian Studnitzky – Piano, Keyboards & Trumpet   4. Mia’s song (4,50) Written by G.Briem Gulli Briem – Grand Piano Simon Hale – Keyboards Strings 1st violin – Rita Gardian 2nd violin – Tunde Banhegyi Viola –Lilla Ersek Cello – Monika Andrasi Strings arranged by Simon Hale   5. She gave me water (5,40) Written by G.Briem / Joo Kraus / S. Johannsson Gulli Briem – Drums, Grand Piano & Keyboards Jökull Jörgensen – Bass Sigtryggur Jóhannsson – Keyboards Joo Kraus – Trumpet   6. Til Moldar (4,59) Music written by G.Briem Lyrics by J.Jörgensen Gulli Briem – Vocals, Drums & Keyboards Þórir Úlfarsson – Piano Bass – Jökull Jörgensen Guitars – Arnar Guðjónsson Guitar – Birkir Rafn Gíslason   7. Hang drum song (4,25) Written by G.Briem / T.Barabas Gulli Briem – Hang Drum Tamás Barabas – Keybords & Bass   8. Farewell (4,42) Written by G.Briem Gulli Briem – Grand Piano Simon Hale – Keyboards Viola – Lilla Ersek Cello – Monika Andrasi Strings arranged by Simon Hale   In memory of my father   Recorded at Starfield Studios, Reykjavik, Iceland by Gulli Briem, Sebastian Studnitzky & Aron Arnarsson Stone Harp recorded in Húsafell, Borgarfjörður. Strings recorded at Gramy Studios, Budapest. Engineered by Mark Beke Additional programming: Daði Georgsson Mixed by: Addi 800 at Studio Áttan, Reykjavik, Iceland “She gave me water” – Mixed by Rod Beale Mastered by Mandy Parnell at The Black Saloon, London Mastering assistant – Chris Le Monde Cover design – Jökull Jörgensen Photography – Kaja Thrastardottir Design – Stefan Fisher & Attila Egerhazy Gramy studio, Budapest Produced by Gulli Briem Takk – Jökull Jörgensen, Addi 800, Páll Guðmundsson at Húsafell, Vusi Mahlasela, Nkanyezy Cele, Ólafur Arnalds, Bergur Þórisson. Meinrad Heck and Elke, Attila Egerhazi, Tamas Barabas, Rod Beale, Stefan Fisher, FTT, FÍH Uwe Hager, Mirko Milan Milosovits, Eva, Aníta, Katrín & Everyone who helped making this journey complete. Acknowledgements: Paiste cymbals, Yamaha drums, Vic firth sticks and mallets, Craviotto snare drums, Evans heads, RME audio interfaces www.earthaffair.com Distributed by O-Tone Music, Germany Published by O-tone Music, Germany