I met the celtic harp almost twenty five years ago…quite late for an academic approach.
As a musician I was used to play the piano since I was five.
And it’s been love at first sight.
SPEAK is a journey during which the sound of my harp and the human voice talk to each other surrounded by a blend of ethnic and electronic soundscapes.
Choosing which “kind of voice” has been nothing but a matter of finding something intriguing to deal with:
radio communications between airplanes and control towers
a lullaby whispered to elephants by and old Thai woman
a passionate speak by Leonardo di Caprio to save our ecosystem
a beautiful poetry by Pablo Neruda recited by a young Spanish student whose voice is so fragile and gentle to became one with the words of that poetry.
The Konnakol chant which is based on the rhythmic divisions of indian percussionists
…and many more.
Thirty eight is the sum of the thirty six strings of my harp and the two vocal cords of Laura Valente, singer and musician, which I met a few years ago led by a strange sort of serendipity.
We spent time in discovering and experiencing each other through music.
As soon as we found we were on the same wavelength we decided to share our favourite songs reshaping and giving them our personal soundprint.