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Dance to Your Shadow

Dance to Your Shadow

by Kim Robertson
     
 
Prominent American harpist Kim Robertson has always pushed the edge of Celtic music with her improvisational spirit. Dance to Your Shadow is no exception, placing the Celtic song and dance tradition in an array of unique settings. Multi-instrumentalist Eric Segnitz can take a bow for his innovative arrangements, using a host of live musicians rather than

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Prominent American harpist Kim Robertson has always pushed the edge of Celtic music with her improvisational spirit. Dance to Your Shadow is no exception, placing the Celtic song and dance tradition in an array of unique settings. Multi-instrumentalist Eric Segnitz can take a bow for his innovative arrangements, using a host of live musicians rather than keyboards. George Winston makes a surprise guest appearance, sitting in with some very expressive harmonica playing. The album opens with some fanciful interplay between harp, guitar, and the button accordion of John Williams. The piece accelerates into a stellar jam session featuring Liz Carroll on fiddle, Chris Norman on flute, and the Indian vocalise and tabla of Sandip Burman. The catchy title tune follows with Segnitz's easy-flowing, warm bass and Robertson's ethereal voice flying through space. Robertson offers up a few memorable vocal ballads, and some of the instrumentals are outstanding. On "I Once Loved a Lass," the ensemble creates a dignified mood behind Robertson's reading of a Bach piece. Church bells introduce "Broken Prayer," a three-part composition by Breton guitarist Dan Ar Bras. Soaring horns then come echoing through, followed by a cornucopia of acoustic instruments -- rattle, drums, didgeridoo, djembe, flute, piano -- that tumble together in delight. The singing of Hildegard Von Bingen rides the piece out. The final cacophonous reel builds upon a humorous assault of drum programming, telephone rings, and sheep bleats. Treasures abound on this playful fête of Celtic strings.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Contemporary harpist Kim Robertson's Dance to Your Shadow finds the musician delicately balancing her soothingly familiar new age compositions with newfound gentle folk-pop flourishes. Reminiscent of Loreena McKennitt and Enya's unique blend of fragile emotive vocals and rich instrumentation, Robertson's gentle but powerfully evocative Celtic harp is partnered with vocal layering, guitar, percussion, and strings. Her instrumental compositions (like the harmonica-fueled "O'Keefe's Slide" and the opening track "Morning Dew") seem to be slowly moving aside to make room for more vocal pieces (like the pulsing and rhythmic "Not My Plaid" and the subtle title track). This is by no means a bad thing, as Robinson's slight breathy voice often slips into her songs almost unnoticed, acting as yet another lush instrument in the mix. Recommended for fans of well-crafted, starkly orchestrated new age music with a warm pop sensibility.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/27/2001
Label:
Narada
UPC:
0724385062728
catalogNumber:
50627

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kim Robertson   Primary Artist
Liz Carroll   Fiddle
Dan Armstrong   Double Bass
John Doyle   Bouzouki,Guitar
Bill Helmers   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Jim Hines   Bongos,Drums,Djembe,Shaker
Jackie Moran   Djembe,Bodhran,Riqq
Eric Segnitz   Electric Bass,Keyboards,Ukulele,12-string Guitar
Don Sipe   Flugelhorn
George Winston   Harmonica
Bill Barnewitz   French Horn
Ric Probst   Background Vocals
John Williams [accordion]   Concertina,Piano-Accordion,Button Accordion
Brek Renzelman   Viola
Sandip Burman   Tabla,Mouth Percussion
Karl Lavine   Cello
Peter Batchelder   Background Vocals
Alan Baer   Tuba
Chris Norman   Human Whistle,Wood Flute,Small Pipes
Mark Stewart   Electric Guitar,Mbira

Technical Credits

Peter Buffett   Programming
Kim Robertson   Arranger
Howard Johnston   Engineer
Eric Segnitz   Arranger,Producer
Oliver Strauss   Engineer
Ric Probst   Engineer
Steve Kultgen   Engineer
Mark Stewart   Contributor

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