Roger Davidson and Susan de Camp are gifted musicians based in upstate New York. Davidson is a pianist/composer whose experience spans the Classical, Jazz and World Music genres. Compositions include “Missa Universalis II”, which was premiered in Boston by Musica Sacra; “Unispace” (for choir, piano,organ and percussion, which toured major cities as a benefit for UNICEF in 1987; and “Mandala”, a finalist in the Composers’ Competition of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in 1983. In addition to recording “Missa Universalis” (Soundbrush), Davidson has recorded two tango albums:”Mango Tango” (Rainbow Collection) and “Amor por el Tango” with The Tango Group (Soundbrush). Other projects include “Rodgers in Rio”, a collection of Richard Rodgers’ songs played as Brazilian Jazz with legendary drummer Paulo Braga and bassist David Finck. Susan de Camp is an oboist and English horn player. She is a member of Connecticut’s Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, and prior to that, was a longtime player with the Akron and Canton Symphony Orchestras.
The exotic musical portaits on this album are from this unique couple’s vivid imaginations. The work is partly written, and mostly improvised and full of atmosphere. Much of it was inspired by the paintings of John Freda, a Chicago area artist, whose work is full of folkloric, fantasy-like pastoral scenes in villages, landscapes, strange animals and funny creatures, witty scenes” with a Middle-Eastern flavor.