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HARPONIUM electrosessions (2020)

by Catriona McKay & Alistair MacDonald

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Apollo 09:54
Meditation 01:17
Munelicht 04:30
Sudrstjarna 01:29
Vega 07:50
Dagstjarna 07:00


Dear Listener,

HARPONIUM was a solo venture, HARPONIUM electrosessions is an outcome of an extraordinary musical experience with a long standing friend and collaborator. How fortunate can you be to have friends to help discover your music more deeply and delve into spaces, sounds and textures where you can find more, explore more, communicate in a different way? Can you imagine being given the chance to sculpt, shape, tempt, eke out, disintegrate, elaborate, all for the good of that artistic moment? It makes you feel so alive because it really is on the edge without knowing if you will fly or fall, so you trust and believe.

Alistair MacDonald and I have played improvised electro acoustic music since meeting at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama in 1998. In 2014 we sat down to mix my HARPONIUM album and having spent many hours listening and absorbing we decided to use that material for our next studio session. It was a dream, the years of exploring step by step with various electro acoustic processes along with the shared familiar material as a basis allowed us to simply take off, play and enjoy. So we decided to share this moment with you the beautiful listener. Here you have it, an hour of HARPONIUM electrosessions.

Listening is one of the greatest gifts you can give.
Thank you.
Love and a big kiss, Catriona


released September 8, 2020

recorded/mixed/mastered by Catriona McKay & Alistair MacDonald at strange rainbow studios
Catriona plays a handmade acoustic Glenelle harp made in Scotland by Starfish Designs
photos and design by Kris Kesiak
all tracks composed and improvised by Catriona McKay & Alistair MacDonald
© Ⓟ Glimster Records


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Catriona McKay Scotland, UK

Catriona McKay fae Dundee, Scotland. A fearless explorer of the Scottish harp who is widely recognised for her dynamic musicianship and innovative rhythm harp style. She has many awards including Scots Trad Music Awards Instrumentalist of the Year 2007 & 2014 and BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Best Duo 2018 with Chris Stout. Her composition Swan LK243 has been played and recorded by musicians worldwide. ... more

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