Monday, June 20, 2022

India Gailey - To You Through [Redshift Records]

Released via the Canadian imprint that is Redshift Records on May 13th, 2k22 is "To You Through", the sophomore full length album effort created by Nova Scotia-based American Canadian artist x musician India Gailey who's presenting a menu of five compositions by the likes of Fjola Eveans, Philip Glass, Yaz Lancaster, Michael Gordon and Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti which she tackles on her instrument of choice, the cello, over the course of roughly 38 minutes with her very own "Ghost" being embedded as an equally important and valuable piece within the albums overall flow. This being said India Gailey, also a core member of the improvisational quartet setting that is New Hermitage, caters a great variety and ark of what modern cello interpretations can provide, from the densely layered, ever interfering and contrapuntal waves of Fjola Evans' "Augun" which truly reflects on an intrinsic Nordic melancholia to the warm, comforting romantic variations of her own composition "Ghost" and the surprisingly accessible (Neo)Classical movements of Philip Glass' "Orbit" which sees the acclaimed staple of so-called 'new music' clearly draw inspiration from Classical greats instead of indulging in avantgarde experimentalism and new compositional techniques. With Yaz Lancaster's "Dieverpeen" India Gailey brings forth a brooding, somewhat agitated aspect of her repertoire accompanied by a floating, levitating and certainly crystal clear vocal performance, her interpretation of Michael Gordon's 9/11 reflection "Light Is Calling" truly brings forth the large scale gravitas, tragedy and hurt of this major turning point in American and probably World history before "Ko'u Inoa", a piece written by Anne Leilehua Lanzelotti, builds up in waves and rapidly moving patterns probably reflecting upon or at least being subconsciouscly influenced by the movement of water around the island of Hawai'i, the home of the initial composer and her ancestors. Defo one to check out for fans of Contemporary x Modern Classical music, this one.

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