An ambient suite for Celtic harp, piano and viola-da-gamba. Multi-instrumentalist and master of the Celtic harp, David Michael has been playing stringed instruments for over 60 years. Here he blends the haunting voice of viola-da-gamba (predecessor of the cello) and piano with his harp to create a suite of trios, duets and solos. David is well known for his solo harp recordings and over 20 multi-track studio albums, but this is his first foray into performing every part himself on a multi-track CD. Born of a sophisticated understanding of classical forms, this slow, simple music is perfect for a massage and intended to satisfy the ear in any kind of contemplative setting.
A pioneer of World Fusion music, it is not surprising that David’s viola-da-gamba playing here is instructed more by the music of India than by early western music. He has collaborated for years with Benjy Wertheimer, a master of North Indian classical music and the esraj, a 19-stringed bowed instrument. When David plays viola-da-gamba, the influences from the esraj are unmistakable.