Kumbaya by Lynne Arriale

by Sister Julie Ann on September 5, 2008

.cometogethernotitlethumb.jpgThe Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity present Lynne Arriale who has captured the imaginations of jazz and mainstream music lovers with her outstanding CD and DVD recordings and sold out performances. She has been critically acclaimed as having a ‘singular voice’ as a pianist, leader, composer, arranger and for “putting the heart back into jazz” (London Times).

Arriale’s consistently excellent recordings have topped every notable jazz chart. With back to back #1 Jazz Week radio hits, a #17 debut on Billboard’s Jazz Chart, the top ten “Best Of” lists for The New Yorker, United Press International and The German Record Critics Association, Arriale has earned her place among elite international jazz artists. Further evidence of her status includes her being featured on the PBS nationally televised program, Profile of a Recording Artist, and on multiple NPR programs including Weekend Edition, Jazz Set, and Piano Jazz with Marion McPartland.

Arriale’s current release, LIVE (Motéma), recorded by BR-TV at Germany’s oldest and most prestigious jazz event, The Burghausen Jazz Festival, won the 2007 German Record Critics Award for best jazz CD/DVD recording. She has toured Japan with the legendary “100 Golden Fingers”group, a bill Lynne shared with jazz legends Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Kenny Barron, Cedar Walton, Ray Bryant, Junior Mance, Harold Mabern, Roger Kellaway and Monty Alexander. In 1993 she earned first place at Jacksonville’s prestigious Great American Piano Competition. Arriale continues to perform such internationally prestigious venues as The Spoleto Arts Festival, Ireland’s Cork Jazz Festival, The Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, the Burghausen and Stuttgart Jazz Festivals, The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Folly Theater, The Gilmore Festival, The Jacksonville Jazz Festival, The San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival and numerous other festivals, concerts and clubs throughout Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Romania, Norway, The Czech Republic, Ireland, the UK and Australia.

Committed to Jazz Education

Deeply committed to jazz education, Lynne Arriale is currently Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano and Director of the Jazz Combo Program at The University of North Florida. She also conducts master classes, clinics and workshops internationally for professionals, students and communities at large.

I chose Kumbaya because it always reminded us to call on spirit all the time, on every occasion, to help us and be with us. 

-Lynne Arriale                                                             

For more information: http://www.lynnearriale.com/

10 thoughts on “Kumbaya by Lynne Arriale”

  1. Sister Marsaia Kaster says:

    With Lynne Arriale at the piano, Jay Anderson on Bass and Steve Davis on percussion, we are treated to a slow-paced, peaceful, jazz rendition of Kumbaya. If one is not listening really attentively, it’s pretty easy to miss the main “story line” in this song: that God is with us, no matter what, when, where we are. And just like in life, it’s easy to miss the Lord’s presence in and around us.

    This weekend in Green Bay, WI, there will be an Immigration Walk, a chance to show our caring for people who are entering new places in their lives. May we walk with so many others who so badly need to know right now that “Kumbaya……God is with us!”

  2. Where does ‘Kumbaya’ come from? After doing a google search, I learned I was not the first person to ask that question. Here’s a great answer from the alpha dictionary…

    “Kumbaya, my Lord” started out in the 1920s as a Gullah spiritual sung on the islands of South Carolina between Charleston and Beaufort. Gullah is the creole featured in the Uncle Remus series of Joel Chandler Harris and the Walt Disney production of “Song of the South.” “Come by here, my Lord” in Gullah is “Come by (h)yuh, my lawd”…American missionaries probably took the song to Angola after its publication in the 1930s, where its origins were forgotten. In the late 1950s the song was rediscovered in Angola and returned to North American where it swept the campfire circuit as a beautiful and mysterious religious lyric. That is why the song is associated with Angola in many current printed versions.
    See: http://www.alphadictionary.com/articles/english_grammar_style/kumbaya.html

    Lynne’s instrumental version of the song is beautiful and the jazz rendition adds to its mystery for today’s listener.

  3. Gabrielle Schmitz says:

    I think it is a beautiful song. It was very relaxing!

  4. Thanks for your comment, Gabrielle. May you continue to find the Lord’s peace surrounding you.

  5. Molly says:

    This is such a beautiful song, It’s music to the soul. Ever since I listened to this song I have to replay it over and over again because it is so pure yet enchanting.

  6. Molly, you are right that this music soars with mysticism. On this feast of St. John Chrysostom, Lynne’s instrumental ‘Kumbaya’ complements this saint’s straightforward style of preaching: “Is it not absurd, when Christ shows such care for his little ones, that we should refuse to care for them?”

  7. What a peaceful, soothing melody. I have it playing while I work at the computer and it seems to increase my ability to think, concentrate and be inspired.
    I appreciated the background to the song, Sr. Julie Ann. I often wondered about the word, Kumbaya and now to find out it means “come by here my Lord.” This is both a traditional and contemporary prayer to the Lord.
    I am having many peaceful, soothing minutes of work accompanied by this soulful tune.

  8. Recently I was blessed to hear Fr. Todd Laverty,OFM, a pastor of a downtown Detroit parish, speak on servant leadership.

    Using a story teller approach, this Franciscan friar described the experience of a leader having to hold the extremes together, being a living crucible in order for the mission of an organization or group of people to move forward in living the Gospel. In the midst of carrying this struggle, this song would seem a fitting instrument to keep grounded. Father also suggested the words:
    “I live no longer; Christ lives in me.”

  9. Allie says:

    This song is amazing. Her voice is so relaxing and the message is very powerful. I look forward to hearing more songs of the month! Thank you and may God bless you all each and every day. Know that all of the sisters of Manitowoc are in my prayers as you continue to serve God’s people. Please pray for me as well, as I continue discerning my call to Sisters of Saint Benedict in Ferdinand, Indiana. I am hoping to enter in August of 2009. God bless!

  10. Allie, thanks for your comment. May you find God in the amazing moments of each new day.

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