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Cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper to Release New Album in May

The new CD from acclaimed cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper, will be released by Roven Records this spring. With an official release date** of May 10, "Around the World with Love" is a collection of love songs from all corners of the globe: America, Brazil, France, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Russia and Spain. Produced by Glen Roven and performed by Cooper with Or Matias at the piano, and Satoshi Takeishi on percussion, "Around the World with Love" features 14 tracks:

1. Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy) - Spain

2. Les Chemins De L'amour (The Paths of Love) - France

3. Manhã De Carnaval (Morning of Carnival) - Brazil

4. You Deserve A Prince - USA

5. I Could Have Danced All Night - USA

6. Raga - India

7. Après Un Rêve (After A Dream) - France

8. Yoimachigusa (Evening Primrose) - Japan

9. Vu Iz Dos Gesele (Where is the Little Street) -Yiddish

10. Vocalise - Russia

11. My Beloved - Israel

12. Besame Mucho (Kiss Me a Lot) - Mexico

13. Emmanuel - France

14. Silent Song - Georgia

"Love songs are the most sublime expression of song; every country, every culture has its own ubiquitous collection of love songs," says Kristina Reiko Cooper. "It is fascinating how each country's songs of love so aptly illustrate its national characteristics and charms. The French are elegant in their reserved lyricism, the Americans, optimistic, the Japanese quietly tragic, and the hotter countries, passionate and sultry. I am Japanese-American, Israeli, and recently converted to Orthodox Judaism. My cello and I have traveled the globe, so this project speaks to my diversity both musically and culturally."

Kristina Reiko Cooper has an extensive discography of CD and DVD recordings, including many best-sellers. She has released over two dozen recordings for Arabesque, Pony Canyon Records, Helicon Records, Linus Records and CP2, and 5 DVDs for Fuji Records. In addition to her recent solo recording "Stone and Steel," Kristina Reiko Cooper was featured in the widely broadcast "Quartetto Gelato-A Concert in Wine Country," and recently released a solo recital DVD through Amadeus Press. Cooper has been heard often on National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, NHK in Japan, KBS in Korea, WNYC and WQXR in New York City, as well as in television broadcasts for CNN, PBS, CBC Television, CBS's "60 Minutes," national Chinese Television, KBS Television in Korea, Fuji Television and NHK Television in Japan.

Mitch Yuspeh and Ira Yuspeh are the executive producers for "Around the World with Love," which was recorded and mixed at M & I Studios, NYC.

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