New World


The departure

It is August 2, 1492. While thousands of Jews, who are condemned to exile leave Spain, Christopher Columbus oversees the last of the preparations before the departure. Amongst the crowd gathered to admire the three ships, one can see sailors, with tears in their eyes, saying farewell perhaps for the last time to their spouses, children and friends. Columbus's dream is about to be realized. He will finally leave to find a route west that will lead him all the way to India. For many years, he lobbied for support and finances for this voyage. His efforts at last paid off when Spain approved his project. On Friday, August 3rd 1492, one hour before the sunrise, the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria set sail from Palos.

Composed by : Daniel Bouliane, André Mongeon
Éric Vaillancourt : Military snare, field drum, bass drum, congas, tubular bells.
François Ouimet : solo violin
Philippe Michael Bélanger : trumpet
Sylvain Legault : guitar
Nicole Laurin : vocals
Sylvie Desroches : back vocals
André Mongeon : keyboards
Daniel Bouliane : keyboards


The ocean, the unknown

On September 6th the three ships leave the Canary Islands, where they stayed for a month due to problems experienced with the Pinta. At the sight of land slowly disappearing on the horizon, the sailors are overcome with nostalgia and fear. At that time in history, no one had ventured so far. Colombus decides to sail away from land rather than follow the shoreline. It is a new sea they must face, a mysterious ocean where sirens could be heard singing its glory. On such a sea, the fearful sailors pursue their journey along the 28th parallel.

Composed by : André Mongeon, Daniel Bouliane
Sylvie Desroches : vocals
Éric Vaillancourt : gong, cymbals
André Mongeon : keyboards
Daniel Bouliane : keyboards


The Sargassus sea

The ships no longer move forward, the wind has disappeared and the sun beats down. The calmness is deadly. From the bridge, the sailors can see the ocean covered with green algae. They are afraid to remain prisoners of the sea. Some have mutiny on their minds, but Colombus persuades them to keep on hoping. Suddenly, a stream makes the ships move again and leave this evil place.

Composed by : André Mongeon
Éric Vaillancourt : gong, cymbals
Pascale Margely : flute
Philippe Michael Bélanger : trumpet
Nicole Laurin : vocals
André Mongeon : harmonica, keyboards


America

On October the 11th, at two in the morning, the crew sees land again. At dawn, Colombus watches the approaching shoreline with pride and excitement. When the rowboats touch the shore, he is filled with a sense of accomplishment. His dream has become a reality. The inhabitants of the island come to meet them. Most are naked and unarmed. For the Indians as well as the Spanish, it is a moment filled with emotion. Without speaking, they approach one another. The Indians believe that these strangers come from heaven. Colombus baptizes the island San Salvador that the Indians called Guanahani. Today it is known by the name of Watling.

Composed by : Daniel Bouliane, André Mongeon
Nicole Laurin : vocals
Éric Vaillancourt : congas, bass drum, gong, cymbals
Daniel Bouliane : keyboards
André Mongeon : harmonica, ocarina, keyboards


The shipwreck

In the night of Christmas, while the sea is calm, the Santa Maria follows the shores of America. All the crew is sleeping but for a young sailor who, on duty at the helm, is listening to the waves breaking on the beach not far away. Suddenly, the bow of the ship is shaken. The crew awakens to the screams of the young sailor unable to control the ship's governor. Panic sets in. They've hit a reef. The sailors frantically run back and forth throwing equipment overboard to lighten the ship's load. It is in vain. The bow gives way, allowing water to penetrate the bowels of the vessel. It is to late. Essential supplies must be saved. The Spanish rowboats and Indian canoes ferry the material from the wreck to the nearby shore. There are too many sailors to return to Spain on the two remaining ships, therefore Colombus decides to leave forty or so men in America, thus establishing the Navidad, the first Spanish colony.

Composed by : André Mongeon, Daniel Bouliane
Nicole Laurin : vocals
Daniel Bouliane : vocals, toms, keyboards
Éric Vaillancourt : gong, glockenspiel, bass drum
André mongeon : harmonica, cymbals, keyboards


The return

Today is a festive day! The procession advances slowly through the streets of the town. In the crowd pressing closer to see the explorers, one can hear: "A certain Christopher Colombus has discovered new lands and returns with proof of his adventures". Sure enough here they come, the Indians leading the way, wearing pearl-encrusted masks adorned with feathers and gold. Following them are the sailors holding multicolored birds. The crowd is delirious and throws flowers at their feet. All of Europe is talking about Colombus. Never before has he experienced such a glorious day.

Composed by : Daniel Bouliane, André Mongeon
Éric Vaillancourt : bass drum, military snare, field drum, tambourine
Pascale Margely : flute
Philippe Michael Bélanger : trumpet
Nicole Laurin : vocals
François Ouimet : violins
Chantal Legris : clarinet
Sylvain Legault : guitar
Daniel Bouliane : keyboards
André Mongeon : keyboards


The imprisonment

After the glory, Colombus suffers a maelström of infernal situations. The thirst for gold and Spain's need to quickly appropriate the new land withers Colombus' influence with the Catholic kings. Colonization has given way to violence. The situation becomes uncontrollable. In spite of himself, Colombus is dragged into the games of politics and is eventually imprisoned. He is put in chains aboard a ship heading for Spain. Admiral Colombus is expelled from the lands he discovered. It is in the silence of the ship's hold that Colombus meditates upon man's injustice to man and the events that shaped his life.

Composed by : André Mongeon, Daniel Bouliane
Éric Vaillancourt : gong, cymbals, tubular bell, bass drum
Chantal Legris : clarinet
Eloise Charette : cello
Nicole Laurin : vocals
André Mongeon : harmonica, keyboards
Daniel Bouliane : keyboards


The colonization

From a bird's eye view, we can see through the smoke the burning dwellings of an Indian village, bodies lying helter skelter. Some children, still alive, are crying and trying to awaken their mothers' bloody corpses. Farther on, we can hear the desperate cries of a few dark-skin youths, pursued by mad dogs trained to hunt man. In the forest, a group of Hidalgos is forging a path after the exhausted Indians, slashing away with their machetes and killing them. Thus begins the conquest of the new land and the genocide of people.

Composed by : Daniel Bouliane
Éric Vaillancourt : gong, bass drum, tubular bells, xylophone, glockenspiel, congas
Philippe Michael Bélanger : trumpet
Nicole Laurin : vocals
André Mongeon : harmonica, pan flute, ocarina
Daniel Bouliane : toms, congas, claves, cabessa, pan flute, keyboards


The new world

Five centuries have elapsed since the great discovery. Upon the vast continent where Colombus set foot for the first time now live millions of human beings. Technological discoveries have transformed our heritage and our customs to a world level. It is in this mix of cultures that we live and hope for the future.

Composed by : André Mongeon, Daniel Bouliane
Nicole Laurin : vocals
Éric Vaillancourt : drums, conga
Philippe Michael Bélanger : trumpet
Pierre Chayer : bass
André Mongeon : harmonica, jaws harp, keyboards


A blue planet

Now that "planet earth" is a global village, we are starting to look at the sky. Doesn't it prompt us to consider a New World when we contemplate the universe?

Composed by : José Bergeron, Daniel Bouliane
José Bergeron : classical guitar
Nicole Laurin : vocals
Daniel Bouliane : keyboards