BIRDS of EDEN - The Music of Gee's Bend

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BIRDS of EDEN - The Music of Gee's Bend

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“Birds of Eden” explores the dying art of traditional black spiritual music and its role in a tiny Alabama black-belt community known as Gee’s Bend. As its backdrop, “Birds of Eden” chronicles the efforts of The Gee’s Bend Music Project, a grass roots…


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“Birds of Eden” explores the dying art of traditional black spiritual music and its role in a tiny Alabama black-belt community known as Gee’s Bend. As its backdrop, “Birds of Eden” chronicles the efforts of The Gee’s Bend Music Project, a grass roots coalition working to document, record, and preserve the heritage of Gee’s Bend’s sacred music. Spawned from a time when music and life were inextricably linked, its field songs, spirituals, and hymns are now disappearing at an alarming rate as modernization and new religious music overshadows with all the bells and whistles of 21st century technology but not of the emotion or veracity of the past. “Birds of Eden” unveils the lives of community and the music producers as they work together on a task that is historically and culturally important and yet at times seems totally insurmountable.

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