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World Without Tears: A Concerto in 3 Movements

by Ed Pettersen

Head Raga 07:36
Border Guide 12:47
Isthmus 11:53


I needed a challenge: while my main focus will always be songwriting and free improvisation, I wanted to see if I could compose a "formal" piece to be performed by an ensemble, chamber group or perhaps even an orchestra. Little did I know it would take me over 3 years to complete and more than six years to get the recording to where I can present it to you today.

You'll hear a lot of Indian and Middle Eastern influences but my intention was to trey to capture the sound of a united world, thus "World Without Tears". Kind of highfalutin' as my grandma used to say, huh? Guilty as charged I guess but I'm still a dreamer.

Hopefully it can be as emotional and spiritual a journey for you as it was for me. A lot of long days, late nights and massive frustration but in the end worth every tear.


released October 6, 2023

Produced by Ed Pettersen

Guitars and orchestration-Ed Pettersen
Electric violin-Tracy Silverman
Percussion-Kirby Shelstad
Keyboards, engineering, arrangements and final orchestration-Alex Carter

Mixed by Alex Carter
Mastered by Bob Olhsson

Artwork by Brandy Gale


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Ed Pettersen Nashville, Tennessee

Ed Pettersen has earned respect for his own Folk/Americana albums, but it is his nine year effort behind the production of the 3-CD, 50-song compilation Song of America and frequent jazz/free improv collaborations that have garnered him international recognition. His songs have been recorded by Bettye LaVette and Candi Staton among others. ... more

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