“Sanftmut” - literally translated - gentle courage in German.
Gentle are the sounds of this album, that came to me easily in my dark and quiet room at night, on naked rocks surrounded by rushing waterfalls, in between careful footsteps on a narrow path through the woods, and shooting fireworks amongst stars on a New Years eve.
They reached me through the piano at my parents house in Vienna, where I was born, the vibraphone in a secret trailer in Rimouski, the trombone at the beginning of a friendship, the instruments created on my laptop one night, coming alive early the next morning, and of course my oldest companion: my magic silver flute.
Through the company of all these vibrations, the courage grew in me and this album represents what came from it. For me it means jumping in cold water, moving between continents, putting one step in front of the other, and creating, releasing sound that radiates into the world.
It also carries with it all the places I have visited, each one present as a smell that has its home in only that unique place in the world - the high alpine forests of Austria, the deep and resilient woods of Quebec.
The perfume I created for this album serves as an accompaniment to help imprint moments of soft courage unto the memory, so that it may guide and heal.
Perfume ingredients are all therapeutic grade essential oils with sweet almond carrier oil (please use with care at your own risk and be aware of any allergies towards coniferous trees):
All funds go to supporting the Rainforest Flying Squad, a volunteer driven, grassroots, non-violent direct action movement committed to protecting the last stands of globally significant ancient temperate rainforest on Vancouver Island calling attention to the fact that only 2.7% of B.C.’s original productive old growth forests remain standing. B.C.’s Old Growth Strategic Review Panel urged an end to old growth logging yet the government continues to stall.
released August 22, 2021
All instruments recorded and played by Lisa Teichmann.
Except for trombone in “Le Lumieres Very Rimouski”, which is played by Colin Lloyd.
Special thanks go to:
Chi mon amour, pour l’amour
Eugenie Jobin for letting me record on her Vibraphone
Sternhof, Zayat Aroma, and Vintzini
Montreal, Vienna, Rimouski, Trois Pistoles
February 2019-August 2021
Artwork by Odile Marion-Jetten