Cliff of the Dawn

by Saltarello

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In the ancient Nordic mythology, two crows were perching on Odin’s shoulders; one represented Thought while the other stood for Memory. They were both great travellers who would leave at dawn to explore the world and return at dusk to tell their master what they had seen and heard. Thank to them, Odin’s knowledge grew larger by the day...

Our passion for Scandinavian medieval mythical traditions and European pagan cultures in general was the catalyst for our latest compositions. Just as with the story of Odin and the crows, our music is influenced by our lives and by what we love to share with people: Our travels, nature, ancestral memories, musical instruments, history and fateful encounters...

Through this creative process, contacts and relationships were established during our musical and sonic quest bringing us back to our origins, our aboriginal cultures, our land and the world in which we live...

“Acantilado del Amanecer” (“Cliff of the Dawn”) is the name of a beautiful place constantly bathed by the waters of the Caribbean Sea located at the Southernmost point of Isla Mujeres, Mexico. This is where the rays of the Sun first hit this immense country...

Lastly, this new opus gets its inspiration from the cycle of life, its continuity and its changes. We wish you a wonderful journey.


released October 23, 2015

Saltarello is:

Julie Pomerleau: Vocals, Celtic harp, keyboards, synthesizer, Indian bells.
Luc Lafrenière: Vocals, hurdy-gurdy, jaw harp, daf, djembe, drums, keyboards, synthesizer, programming.
Jessica Poirier: Vocals
Sidney Boutin: Bass, fretless bass.
Sarah Lesage: Violin, baritone violin.
Rodolphe Gagnon: Didgeridoo.

Guest musicians:
Sébastien Greffard: Celtic bouzouki (track 8).
Jade Lavoie: Mandolin (tracks 2 & 4).


Produced by Julie Pomerleau & Luc Lafrenière (Productions Saltarello)
Recorded by Julie Pomerleau & Luc Lafrenière at Studio Saltarello, Palmarolle Qc
Mixed and mastered by Éric Arbour at L’Orange Numérik
All songs composed and written by Julie Pomerleau & Luc Lafrenière
Art direction: Julie Pomerleau & Luc Lafrenière
Photography: Julie Pomerleau, Luc Lafrenière, Jean Caron (Cover),
Jean-Philippe Thibodeau & Jennifer McNaughton
Liner notes: Julie Pomerleau, Luc Lafrenière & Dan Behrman
English translation: Dan Behrman
Graphic design: Luc Lafrenière



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Saltarello Rouyn Noranda, Québec

Inspired by the vastness of Northwestern Québec’s Abitibi region where the band is based and the deep spirituality of the Amerindian tribes living there for centuries, influenced by ancient pagan Scandinavian and Celtic rituals, the entrancing sounds of Saltarello take the listener on a musical journey filled with rhythmic frenzy and beautiful haunting melodies. ... more

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