Bunny Swan-Gease has become known internationally for her musical styling that crosses the ages of primitive rhythms to contemporary melodies. From concerts at the Kennedy Center in New York, to village gatherings in Northern Alaska, Bunny has endeared herself to thousands as a Dena'ina Athabascan Princess from the Kenai Peninsula who brings a refreshing cross-cultural musical experience to her audiences. Last week Swan-Gease released her 3rd CD, "Make Love Last," at a CD release party at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. The well-attended event was reminiscent of native community Potlatches that were once held in the same area where the Visitors & Cultural Center now stands. There were a host of Alaskan specialty hors oeuvres including a variety of smoked salmon, halibut, caribou, moose, and even some of Bunny's moose liver pt. The party also featured a live performance with local artists debuting the original songs on Bunny's new CD, written in collaboration with her husband Ricky Gease.
The title selection of the new CD, "Make Love Last," was inspired by Bunny's aunty Nancy Hufana, "It's a love song that's a little lamenting and sad, however, to me it's for my great aunty and favorite drummer who lives with Ricky and me, because she really doesn't like to get out of bed and she says things like 'Okay I'll get up if you play a little guitar,' so in my heart it is very light hearted but a dreamy love song," commented Swan. The party Saturday was not only a celebration for the Gease's latest musical endeavor, but was also an effort to raise funds for the Kenaitze Tribal Drum Group who will be traveling to Wood Buffalo, Canada in February for the 2004 Arctic Winter Games. "We're doing what we can to help them raise the travel funds to represent our community there," said Swan. Bunny will be Alaska's featured performer at the games and will be doing some youth programs as well while at Wood Buffalo.
The new Swan-Gease production is dedicated to the memory of Carolyn Hogan and Leo Grasso and is available at local book and music stores.
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