Amala - Resonance album review: glorious barrier-breaking music

Wed, Jun 15, 2016, 16:30


Amala "Resonance"

Reidun Schlesinger & Paul de Grae

Independent Release

World Music

This fine collection is full of glorious barrier-breaking music. Reidun Schlesinger and Paul de Grae break every rule in the book, to glorious effect, as they bridge the gap between baroque tunes, traditional, tantalising original compositions, and even one borrowed from Dave Brubeck.

The subtlety of their various arrangements of Irish, English and Belgian tunes underscores the natural bedfellows that guitar and harp can make. Amid the forensically researched and delicately woven tune sets, Schlesinger’s chromatic harp carves something deliciously new from Brubeck’s (I’m Still in Love With) A Girl Named Oli.

And that’s not even the half of it. Yielding riches with each return visit, Resonance insinuates itself deep into the subconscious. No requirement for sledgehammers here.