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"I feel when I play and sing that the harp and voice become as one. They flow together each embracing and respecting the other. If you love what you are doing and invest every single note with care and feeling I believe that you cannot fail to reach out and connect with someone. Years ago I realised that music is about communicating and not about empty displays of virtuosity. I'm strangely uninterested in how many notes can be crammed into the shortest time possible, or the sheer volume of sound that can be forced out of an instrument. I am on the other hand seriously interested in fluidity of musical thought, single harmonious moments and the importance of letting music breathe."
The new album
is mainly inspired by the sea, by the essence of being an islander and the magical meeting of the Greek and Celtic cultures.
In particular it is inspired by the island of Lefkada and my personal experience and feelings of my time spent in this beautiful place. There are 9 tracks, three of which are instrumental and 6 of which are songs for harp and voice. 2 of the songs are sung in Greek. One is in homage to Sappho, who leapt to her death, lyre in hand, from Lefkas rock.
The other is the song, made famous by the Greek singer, Nikos Xilouris, "Itane mia fora". One of the three instrumental pieces, "Vassiliki Seascapes" was inspired by Vassiliki Bay.
It is a tone poem, representing the stillness and calm of the early morning, the arrival of the wind in the afternoon and the cathedral-like sense of peace of the evening as the sun slips behind the hill.
It expresses, I think, my sense of belonging and my love of this place.