Celtic Air by Jochen Vogel
Jochen Vogel: You never know what to expect in a Jochen Vogel performance. But you can be sure to hear good music. Whether it’s traditional or improvised, played instrumentally or sung, it’s always heartfelt, personal music with the haunting, powerful sound of the metal-strung Clairseach.
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|The West Wind (An Gaoth Aniar)||T. Gomez / J. Vogel, Lyrics T. Gomez||5:41|
|Another Jig of Life||T. Gomez / J. Vogel||4:20|
|Out to Sea||T. Gomez / J. Vogel||5:25|
|A Wee Dram (A Small Glass of Nr.11)||Trad. arr. T. Gomez / J. Vogel||5:30|
|Fest Noz (Fête à la Bretonne)||T. Gomez / J. Vogel||5:57|
|Columba||T. Gomez / J. Vogel, Lyrics T. Gomez||5:29|
|The Reel Thing||T. Gomez / J. Vogel||4:47|
|Iona||T. Gomez / J. Vogel, Lyrics T. Gomez||4:35|
|The Morning Air||J. Vogel||5:16|
|We Are One||T. Gomez Lyrics T. Gomez||7:46|
|Water of Life (Uisge Beatha)||J. Vogel||4:58|
The harp requires a player who is aware of its magic. The old Irish Bards, had to pass a test to prove they had mastered the magic of the instrument before being allowed to be called Bards or masters. Jochen Vogel passed this test with flying colours. He plays a replica of the "Sirr-Harp" an Irish metal harp dating back to the 1700's. The "Cláirseach" the proper Gaelic term for this instrument, was known in Ireland and Scotland during the 12th century. As a result in changes in society, the instrument fell into oblivion for nearly 200 years until its recent renaissance into the music world.
Supple harp sounds and a refined playing technique characterise the works of Jochen Vogel. The "Cláirseach" differs from the classical harp because it is strung with bronze chords. This creates a more brilliant sound. In addition, the single tones sustain a much longer sound, resulting in rich overtones that are unrivalled in thier fineness.
Another instrument that is as challenging and difficult to play as the "Cláirseach" are the "Uilleann Pipes" the Irish Bagpipes. The sound of these traditional instruments combined with the outstanding interpretations of the muscians is what makes "celtic Air" a special musical delicacy.
1. The West Wind (An Gaoth Aniar) The opening melody is reminiscent of Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). He has composed the most widley used compositions for the "Cláirseach". The closing melody in in the form of the Reel, a traditional Itish and Scottish dance.
2. Another Jig of Life. A composition in the form of a traditional dance called the Jig.
3. Out to Sea. A song without words that conveys fellings of discovery and journeys to new shores.
4. A Wee Dram (A Small Glass of Nr.11). In Scottish the title means "A little glass of whisky". The opening melody originates from the Shetland Islands.
5. Fest Noz (Fête à la Bretonne). Fest Noz are folk dances in Bretagne, where singers and musicians perform the same melody over and over for the dancers to dance their way into a trance.
6. Columba. St. Columba (U597) founded a monastery on the island of Iona in the Irish Sea, and with his monks converted half of Europe to Christianity.
7. The Reel Thing. A new composition created with the traditional rhythms of the "Reel" with Indian and African accents.
8. Iona. A modern interpretation about St. Columba's monastry island.
9. The Morning Air. Slow Airs are old traditional Irish violin and bagpipe melodies. Here the Uilleann Pipes meet the Cláirseach and together play a new composition of Slow Airs.
10. We Are One. A vocal ballad declaring the unity of mankind.
11. Water of Life (Uisge Beatha). This composition carries a poetic name for whisky.
by Tato Gomez. All songs published by Klick Verlag AG, CH 6343 Rotkreuz,
Old Irish harp / guitars / bodhran / percussion: Jochen Vogel
Uilleann Pipes / whistle: Johannes Schiefner
Guitars / keyboards: Tato Gomez
Violins: Margit Süss
Oboe / English Horn: Natasha Pederson
Vocals: sabine van Baaren / Morlunah / Tato Gomez / Jochen Vogel
Oud (lute) / Flamenco guitar: Lautaro Rosas
Mixing Engineer: Manni Struck, Mastering: Dieter Wegner
Special thanks to the muscians, Corina Dierks, Mike & Britta Frankenhauser, Claudia Göbbels, Christine Badenschneider, Daniel & Nicolas Gomez, Fam. Zehnder, Joachim Rechmann, Frank Sievert, Mike Adenauer, Werner Bergner and Oscar Ichazo.
Vogel's personal thanks to: Zoë McCoy, Rüdiger Oppermann, Davy Steele,
Anja Alex, Peter Brough, Wendy Stewart, Alison & Aidan Bell, Beate
Grommes, Sbine Papachristos, Evelyn Huber, Dominic Bouchard, Fam. Vogel,
Kora Wuthier, Peter Metag, Dorothée & Charlie Mariano, Moka
Efti and Bachué.
"We Are One" is offered for the evolution and the realisation of Humanity - One.
|Genre:||Celtic / New Age|
|MCPS:||AOL 619 2|
|Label:||Art of Living|
Harp in Modern Ways
|Contact Details||Jochen Vogel|
|Web site||www.jochen-vogel.de, www.perleberg.de|