The Aeolian String Ensemble

'Eclipse'  CD


Espacios / K1 / Eclipse

Eclipse is the long-anticipated second CD by The Aeolian String Ensemble, following the Lassithi / Elysium disc from 1998. This new release is a collection of recent, early, and live material.

The disc opens with Espacios, dedicated to the art and architecture of Cesar Manrique. Wind patterns emerge, interspersed amongst distant, radiant tonalities. Zephyrs (air currents) sustain waves of resonance emanating from the Aeolian harp, transporting the sound of the strings, while revealing the surface of the harmonic textures.

The second composition, entitled K1 (1981), first appeared on the Journey to the End of Night (1986) cassette compilation with a radically different title. K1 has now been renamed and re-mastered to deliver its originally intended listening experience. This early work consists of three movements for Aeolian harp, harmonic extractions, and voice. Each movement consolidates elements from the previous, creating gateways toward new and even more expansive realms.

Concluding the album is the title track, Eclipse, which was recorded live in the open-air near Bosham Harbour, England on the occasion of the 1999 Solar Eclipse. Performed inconspicuously amongst the bystanders observing the Eclipse, the resulting sounds could most certainly be heard; however, the performers remained eclipsed by the moon.

A fresh set of shifting, hazy, and spacious compositions for your total aural immersion.

Cover art by Christoph Heemann