Friday, November 18, 2011

CD Review: Griselda Sanderson's 'Harpaphonics'

Waulk Music
Though issued a few years ago, the wholly instrumental Harpaphonics should gain some newfound exposure with Griselda's creative, mesmerizing, and diverse playing abilities on the nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle). The nyckelharpa is common throughout Sweden, but Griselda hails from Scotland. Consequently, some of the nyckelharpa tunes possess a Nordic, Celtic, and Scottish flavor. Keep in mind, Griselda is not shy about fusing West African percussion and instrumentation to the mix. In fact, water calabashes, djembe, and riti fiddle (played by Gambian musician, Juldeh Camara) are added to the nyckelharpa repertoire. Additionally, the bodhran, guitar, violin, double bass, zarb, organ, accordion, and viola make an appearance to lighten the mood and spirit of all those within earshot of its pleasantries. In short, Harpaphonics spans the Balkans, African continent, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East with its melodies, modes, and magic. A bonus video of "Irimi" is included on the enhanced CD. ~ Matthew Forss

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