World Tales, Volume II:
World Tales Volume II is the second in the series of albums of stories and music from around the world by the critically acclaimed partnership of storyteller, Genevieve Aichele and musician, Randy Armstrong. This volume features stories and music from Ireland, Mexico, Japan and West Africa. The Award Winning World Tales Volume I received praise throughout the USA and Canada.
"This is a thoroughly enchanting collection of stories from around the globe, adapted by Genevieve Aichele and set to music by Randy Armstrong. Both Aichele and Armstrong have wonderful voices for storytelling. A special treat is the voice of guest artist Billy Teare, a native of Ballycarry, Northern Ireland, who is featured on two of the stories, "What's in There" (adapted from a traditional Celtic poem) and "How Fergus Fionnliath Acquired a Dog.
"If you like Windham Hill's line of stories set to music, this CD will hold great appeal for you. This is not just a children's CD – it can be enjoyed by all ages for its music as much as for its stories and first-class performances.
"There are also four instrumental versions of these pieces, featuring Randy Armstrong on Japanese koto, shakuhachi flute, synthesizers, acoustic guitar, bass, and a huge variety of drums and other percussion instruments."
"Aichele's beautiful but vibrant voice sings the stories, while Armstrong's musical accompaniment helps bring cultural authenticity to the tales... The aural quality is excellent, and background music never overwhelms the storytelling. This album will be useful to supplement literature and reading units, multicultural units, music classes, or just for quiet times in the class."
"Both the music and the stories are skillfully performed by Armstrong and Aichele. The music suits the stories and does not overpower the spoken word performances. One story, La Hormiguita (The Little Ant), also cleverly incorporates Spanish words and their translations into the storytelling."
"This stunning collection will take you and your child far from home."
"The artists’ expressive delivery make this a fine, artistic piece."
"This album is a winner for the entire family!"
These tales are humorous and engaging (with) welcome variations to the typical damsel-in-distress narrative."
"This collection of multi-cultural tales and music is breathtaking."
"Highly recommended... this recording will be enjoyed by children and adults alike."
"My eight-year-old sat spellbound through the entire CD!"
The Magic Lake - 14:20
Mzizi's Great Adventure - 11:08
The First Flute - 14:55
The Elephant and the Ant - 10:25
Anansi the Spider - 7:39