Mistral - The Music
Welcome to the OFFICIAL Mistral - Fortunes of War website.
SITE UPDATED: 07-15-09
NEW OFFICIAL CD OF FORTUNES OF WAR
THROUGH SYNPHONIC MUSIC
This website is dedicated to the "Lost Classic" progressive rock music ensemble recording
known as Mistral - Fortunes of War. Mistral was founded by Eric Maurstad and Kent Cantwell in their home town, Waukegan,
Illinois (USA) in 1980.
|Click the New CD for Track Listing and Credits
The CD is available now!
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The new CD includes the
original 10 tracks, 2 bonus tracks, new photos of the original band, performing band, and some
new sleeve art by Digital Art by Kent Cantwell.
Eric and Kent grew
up together in the same neighborhood, went to the same schools, and unknown to each other initially, even shared the same
college for their freshman year. In 1980, Eric invited Kent to assist in the design of a recording studio. After the
studio was built, they stocked it with an Otari 8-Track analogue simul-sync recorder, a console and a rack full of effects.
The next thing you know, they were writing songs. Eric composed the lyrics, main themes and melodies and Kent did the
orchestrations and accompanying music. Within a year they had 10 or 11 songs, enough material for the legacy album, Fortunes
The new supertitle, Cirque de l'Histoire translates: the circus of history.
This is a variation on a 19th century philosophical theme, "the terror of history" ( or, the historical fear of history repeating
itself). HIstory has, indeed, repeated itself... in Afganistan, Irag, in the near future, probably Africa and South
America. Newly discovered "fortunes of war" will surface again and again as humanity continues to push the envelope
on PROGRESS. Half of humanity wants to believe that, if left alone, they will survive. The other half believes that
if they don't get on the World Economy Bandwagon, voluntarily or by force, these unique and underdeveloped cultures will
War plays an important role in human history. Always has, always will.
It can be seen as a tool... a lever to wake people up and get them to realize that a revolution is the only way to break free
of the chains of opression. These ideas are contained in the deeper meanings of the themes that run throughout Mistral's
music and lyrics. Listen again to Deja Vu, World at Hand, Better Life, The Lottery, but this time, with 21st century eyes
Mistral. Music that is relevant. Forever.
Track Sample: "Out" (mp3)
Track Sample - "Tonight" (mp3)
Track Sample - "It's Just a Dream?"
Track Sample - "The Lottery" (mp3)
Track Sample: "A Better Life" (mp3)