by Mychael Danna

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Sky 1 03:45
Sky 2 03:33
Sky 3 04:09
Sky 4 04:02
Sky 5 04:39
Sky 6 07:03
Sky 7 04:47
Sky 8 03:46
Sky 9 06:37
Sky 10 05:56


"1992's Skys continues Mychael Danna's tradition of thematic compositions. This time Danna draws his inspiration from the subtly changing Canadian skies, as captured in a series of photographs he took on a spring trip. The detailed range of emotions he found in the clouds is transformed into ten compositions, each a different mix of musical sun and shadow. Likewise, synthesizers blend with live reed, wind and brass instruments for a fittingly airy, evocative mood. Skys begins on a dark note, with "Sky 1's" moody strings accented by sinuous oboes and trumpets. The musical turbulence builds with the extended crescendos of "Sky 4," and climaxes in the environmental-musical mix in "Sky 9," a creative blend of piano, oboe and strings with David Beare's thunderstorm recording. Partly sunny pieces like the Celtic inspired "Sky 7" and "Sky 10" add just the right amount of contrast to the album's darker passages. With its combination of intricate, repetitive melodic motifs and emotional approach, Danna's romantic minimalism reaches a new high on Skys."
- Heather Phares, allmusic



released December 1, 1992

KEYBOARDS Mychael Danna
FLUTE Ron Korb
OBOE Karen Rotenberg
CLARINET Ameene Shishakly
TRUMPET Robert Grim
CELLO Kirk Worthington

Recorded in Toronto March 1986 to June 1992
Rainstorm supplied by David Beare
Thanks to Rodney Morrison, Deirdre Kelly, Atom, my family
SKy 6 is from the film Speaking Parts
SKy 8 is from the film Family Viewing
Both appear courtesy of Atom Egoyan
Cover photos by Wernher Krutein/Photovault, San Francisco
Original inlay card photo by Robert Baillargeon
Design by Hilary Davis
Art Direction by Stephen Hill
Mixed at Cava Mama's, Toronto, July 1992
Engineered by Jeff Shuey
© 1992 Mychael Danna Musie/SOCAN All Rigbts Reserved
For Hedy, and a trip to Prince Edward County,
where it never stops raining.


all rights reserved



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