"ANGELS of WARSAW is a play about two Americans and two Poles who meet on a train from Paris to Warsaw, and whose fates become entwined. Each character is paired with an angel who watches, guards and accompanies, much as this music accompanies the play. Tom Wiggins joined the world premiere production as composer, and wrote and arranged the music for the play. He expanded the music for this album.
This music easily stands alone. It captures the spirit of travel: an expansion of emotion, an openness to the foreign. In “Detente / East Meets West”, for example, Wiggins starts with a grand old Chopin Polonaise but slows it down from a hundred beats a minute to only twenty! A contemporary jazz saxophone line is played against
this. The expanded time creates a sense of space – a sense of place, nearly – a place both ancient and contemporary, a strange place that is almost familiar, a place worth traveling to."
Marisha Chamberlain, Playwright
released January 1, 1987
David Marden - alto sax, flute
Jeff Christensen - guitar
Red Freeberg - percussion
Paul Schoenfield - keyboards on Chopin’s “Polonaise Fantasy” the basis for “Détente / East Meets West; Keyboards on “National Anthem of Poland”
Tommy Wiggins - keyboards, vocals, percussion
Announcements: Daubney Sand, Jessica Zuehlke
Angels / I Could Have Been’s: Allen Hickle Edwards, Karen Esbjornson
“Angels of Warsaw”, a play by Marisha Chamberlain was commissioned and premiered by the Cricket Theater, Minneapolis, MN. 1987. Sean Michael Dowse, General Manager. Directed by George Sand. Original music commissioned by the Cricket Theater.
Remastered from the original analog tapes, 2019.
Original graphic design – Hans Gasterland
Digital/CD design - Fussell Graphics
Nashville’s Tommy Wiggins began writing songs by kerosene lamp in a Rocky Mountain cabin. He’s been writing, recording and
performing his own funky blend of folky, bluesy, country-funk ever since. Tommy recently bought a camper van and is writing songs along the road. New album in 2022 - "When My Brain Goes On Vacation." When your brain goes on vactation, where do YOU go?...more