Dream Within a Dream (Raven Fiddle Productions, 2009)
Virtuoso fiddler Anna Schaad embraces the charm and beauty of electronic music on her latest CD, Dream Within a Dream. Schaad uses a combination of acoustic and electric violins and viola. Her research into electronic music forms has her using drum loops, field recordings, samples, MIDI-generated instruments. She is joined by Canadian musician Lauri Lyster on global percussion, Doug Rehfeldt on electric bass, Matt Rehfeldt on cello, David McVittie on flute and harmonium, Hill Hudson on beat boxing, Hadley Frazier on vocals and Gail Smedley on zills.
While most of the pieces have a Celtic and world music influence in the melodies and percussion, the overall sound has a mesmerizing ambient sound that makes the music trance-like. This is topped by Schaad’s sultry phrasings on the various fiddles which are extraordinarily beautiful.
<Dream Within a Dream takes the listener to a new world of fantastic fiddle exploration.
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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.