Amala - Resonance album review: glorious barrier-breaking music

Amala "Resonance"
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Artist: Reidun Schlesinger & Paul de Grae
Genre: World Music
Label: Independent Release

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.

Siobhán Long

Siobhán Long

Siobhán Long, a contributor to The Irish Times, writes about traditional music and the wider arts