"a vibrant array
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
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
the music... Apasionada - Solo
Celtic Harp CD Compact Disk/MP3 Album
Paya-Hali or "Get Moving" Alison
Vardy (4:49) My
own Canadian Composition with Russian and
Alison Vardy (4:45) A
melodic tribute to the many fine
friends and musicians
we said goodbye
to in Dunedin, NZ.
Peerie House ahint the Burn/ Spoot O'Skerry Shetland
Islands (3:37) Vigorous
Scottish tunes using the full range of the
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.
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
Peace River Lullaby Alison
Vardy (3:59) Reminiscent of the gently rolling golden
hills of the Peace
River Country in Northern British Columbia.
A Belen Vinde Pastores Galicia
harp arrangement of this beautiful folk melody from
the Celtic region of northern Spain.
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.
Roly Gentle / Johnson's Hornpipe Traditional:
Northumbria (4:44) Harp
arrangements inspired by the playing of Kathryn
Tickell, Northumbrian piper.
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.
The Horse Whisperer named this track.
Zemer Atik / Shalom Aleichem A
Neeman / Trad: Israel (3:29) A
more contemporary Israeli dance
tune followed by
a well-love traditional melody.
Vardy (2:42) Listen,
and you'll hear the animated character that inspired
King of the Fairies Traditional:
Ireland (3:08) Always
a Celtic favourite of mine…
Vardy (3:25) A
composition based on a traditional Mbira
piano) rhythm of Zimbabwe. I learned
rhythm from Andy Rigby of Australia (sort
of a circuitous route from Africa) and he
calls it "traditionally-based Zimbabwean pop music".
Streets of London /
Pachelbel's Canon Ralph
McTell / Pachelbel (4:28) A
contemporary folk melody and
baroque piece that share the same
but offered delightful contrasts in arranging.
Vardy (2:58) Just
finished in time to fit on this album!
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
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.
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
...…."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.
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!