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"a vibrant array of
multi-cultural harp music arranged
to delight and soothe the senses"

 


Alison's Music
CD Apasionada


If you are looking for a harp CD/MP3 album that grabs your attention and says "Sit down and listen to me, forget the world" then this is it! Apasionada is unique in that it has a lot of recorded sonic presence to match Alison's superb harpistry and it constantly draws you away from the outside distractions and into Alison's world of rhythm and musical intrigue.

This solo recording features three harps - Canadian professional musician Alison Vardy's Sandpiper Celtic harp, her Paraguayan harp, and her Bresch Celtic harp. The tunes include a mixture of Celtic, Latin, Contemporary, light Classical and World Ethnic music plus seven of Alison's own original compositions.

Close your eyes and you are sitting alongside the harp literally feeling its presence!



Apasionada - Alison Vardy's Celtic Harp CD   I've selected my
most rhythmic pieces
as well as some of my
most beautiful tunes
from around the world.
There is a very wide range
of multi-cultural influences
and tempos on this album.

Alison Vardy


 

About the music...
Apasionada - Solo Celtic Harp
CD Compact Disk/MP3 Album

 

1) Paya-Hali or "Get Moving"
       Alison Vardy (4:49)            
My own Canadian Composition with Russian and  Spanish overtones!  

   

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2) Dunedin Farewell  
       Alison Vardy (4:45)
A melodic tribute to the many fine
friends and musicians we said goodbye
to in Dunedin, NZ.

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3) Peerie House ahint the Burn/ Spoot O'Skerry 
       Shetland Islands (3:37)
Vigorous Scottish tunes using the full range of the Paraguayan harp.

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4) Yvone Yvonke / Los Bibilicos
       Macedonia / Jewish (4:26)
A traditional love song to a young girl followed by a soulful song of the Sephardic Jews.

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5) Schottische du Stockfish
       D. Thonan (3:03)
I arranged this for harp from a recording
I heard by Quebec group "Ad Vielle Que Pourra". It's a fishy tune composed in
the Celtic style from Brittany, France
.

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 6) Peace River Lullaby 
        Alison Vardy (3:59)
Reminiscent of the gently rolling golden hills of the Peace River Country in Northern British Columbia.

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7) A Belen Vinde Pastores
       Galicia (3:28)
My harp arrangement of this beautiful folk melody from the Celtic region of northern Spain.

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8) Una Luz en el Mar / Llano 
       Alfredo Rolando Ortiz (8:24)
Two beautiful compositions from this renowned Paraguayan harpist. The first
is arranged as a "Guarania", and the second as a "Pasaje", both being syncopated rhythmic genres from S America.

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9) Roly Gentle / Johnson's Hornpipe 
       Traditional: Northumbria (4:44)
Harp arrangements inspired by the playing of Kathryn Tickell, Northumbrian piper.

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10) Whimsical Breeze
          Alison Vardy (3:37)
In this piece I'm having fun with the percussive potential (what a fun
phrase!) of the harp, then going into a nice rhythmic pattern using 7th chords.
Enjoy! The Horse Whisperer named this track
.

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11) Zemer Atik / Shalom Aleichem
          A Neeman / Trad: Israel (3:29)
A more contemporary Israeli dance
tune followed by a well-love traditional melody.

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12) Animacion
          Alison Vardy (2:42)
Listen, and you'll hear the animated character that inspired this composition!

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13) King of the Fairies
          Traditional: Ireland (3:08)
Always a Celtic favourite of mine…

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14) Kulasunda
          Alison Vardy (3:25)
A composition based on a traditional Mbira (thumb piano) rhythm of Zimbabwe. I learned this rhythm from Andy Rigby of Australia (sort of a circuitous route from Africa) and he 
calls it "traditionally-based Zimbabwean pop music"
.

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15) Streets of London /
                                  Pachelbel's Canon

          Ralph McTell / Pachelbel (4:28)
A contemporary folk melody and
baroque piece that share the same
chord progression but offered delightful contrasts in arranging.

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16) Carousel
          Alison Vardy (2:58)
Just finished in time to fit on this album!



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A Review from Rambles Online

I like the name of this musical offering -- Apasionada rolls off the tongue in soft, succulent motions. Alison Vardy's fingers ride the waves of her harp strings -- sometimes strumming, sometimes plucking, like a turbulent ocean.

….….Vardy stirs the ocean to motion with "Get Moving," a lively tune with Russian-influenced rhythms. This one makes me long for a challenging game of Tetris.

…….."Dunedin" slows the pace as Vardy gives her own musical tribute to a place she knew well -- it's a soothing and reverent piece.

...... The listener may catch a glimpse of fairies dancing in the fields while taking in "Peerie House ahint the Burn/Spoot O'Skerry," a collection of Scottish tunes from the Shetland Islands -- all with satisfying Celtic flavour.

...…."Yvone Yvonke/Los Bibiliocos" features a rhapsodic combination of both Macedonia and Greece and Sephardic Jewish cultures. Like the combination of oil and vinegar, this traditional love song and melancholy melody blend for a thirst-quenching sip of Middle/Eastern Europe.

..……Alison Vardy's accomplished Celtic harp music provides a soothing, 65-minute drift on the ocean with Apasionada. "Carousel," Vardy's own composition, provides one last spin before the plug of the melodic ocean is pulled and the listener is left on dry land. But there's a cure -- immerse yourself in this CD again!


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