Starflowers (ECM Records, 2007)
Although Sinikka Langeland is a Norwegian folk singer, don’t expect an album of virtuoso hardanger fiddles. Instead, Starflowers, her latest recording, is an intimate recording, featuring tranquil pieces with voice, kantele (Finnish zither) and, at times, saxophone and trumpet. It’s an ECM production so will find the usual elements of atmospheric, nearly minimal, jazz and also instrumental exploration and improvisation.
Starflowers‘ lyrics are based on poems by Hand Borli, from "We Own the Forests and Other Poems." The CD booklet includes the original Norwegian lyrics together with English translations by Louis Muinzer.
The best musical moments are when Sinikka accompanies herself with the scenic and dreamy sounds of the kantele.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.