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New Fred Hersch Coming 1.07.22

On January 7, 2022, Fred Hersch is set to release his new album Breath By Breath. The album has nine tracks and features the following players:


Fred Hersch, piano

Crosby Street String Quartet

Joyce Hammann & Laura Seaton, violins


Lois Martin, viola

Jody Redhage Ferber, ‘cello

Drew Gress, bass

Jochen Rueckert, drums

*Rogerio Boccato, percussion





The collection of songs on Breath By Breath are collectively called the Sati Suite. Fred Hersh had this to say about this new release:


"The movements of the Sati Suite are inspired by and musically reflect on some aspects of my

longtime insight meditation practice. A couple of the movement titles are obvious, but I will

explain a few here. Know That You Are is a part of one of the most basic instructions, “When

you sit, know that you are sitting”. Monkey Mind is the discursive mental chatter that often

occurs while meditating. Rising, Falling relates to the movement in my chest that is my

meditation anchor; the bass line rises and falls throughout the piece. The god Mara tempted

Buddha with wine, women and riches as he was trying to attain enlightenment under the bodhi

tree. And Begin Again comes from another instruction, “When your mind wanders, just connect

with the feeling of the breath - and begin again”.

I hope that you will take the time to slow down and listen to the suite in its entirety – not so

easy when we live in a world of seemingly urgent distractions and sound bites. It was a joy

creating this music and I sincerely wish you an awakened heart, peace and equanimity."

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