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Liberty Elephant is a tune inspired by Kenya, a young African elephant who loved to dance. The studio version of this song (with guitars, clarinet, fiddle, drum, voice, and lots of cello), is on my album Release the Cello. However, I've performed this tune with many other musicians and in many other configurations, and have found to my joy that it's different every time - and always a treat to play.
This version of Liberty Elephant is a lively cello improv duet with my dear friend Rachel Johnston, who is currently visiting from Australia. We set up two mics in my studio, then sat down and simultaneously improvised our two parts. As a result, this a "live in studio" recording, since it has studio sound quality, but the music itself is exactly what came out of our cellos "live" - no retroactive editing, except to adjust relative volume, EQ, etc.
Rachel is playing her Luis & Clark carbon-fiber cello (like my Raven, except that her cello has the usual four strings) and I'm playing my old wood cello, Godiva.
from Cello Noodles, Vol. II,
track released June 1, 2016
Liberty Elephant: music by Betsy Tinney
Cello improv: Betsy Tinney and Rachel Johnston
Track art: Cade Tinney