Live Music – the way it was meant to be seen and heard with Clann An Drumma from Scotland, and Erika Miklósa from Hungary perform Live in New York City.
Hearing is one experience, seeing is another, but when combined by musical artists who know how to captivate their audience, the two senses take on a totally different meaning.
Scotland – Tribal Sounds
I had the pleasure of hearing the group Clann An Drumma during Whisky Live at the Tavern on the Green, one of the many events during Tartan Week in New York April 3-9, 2005. Primal raw energy and sweat were the visual elements, while a powerful beat from 5 percussion instruments, and the chanter notes from a bagpipe made up the Cèol Mor - big music sound. To say that they captured the attention of the audience would be an understatement. They look like they just stepped out of the movie, “Braveheart”, and they did! The Scottish band Clann An Drumma hails from Glasgow, Scotland, and is made up of musicians as well as former movie stuntmen, that include Jacquie Holland, Jamsie Johnstone, Joe Kilna The MacKenzie, Donnie Mac Neil an award-winning piper, Aya Thorn and Kyle Gray. The band, sponsored by ARDBEG Scotch Whisky, is as earthy as the peaty-Scotch that sponsors them. Their tribal sound haunts and exhilarates its audience, both live as well as on the screen where they provided the music for the movie, “We Were Soldiers” with Mel Gibson. If you have the chance to catch this group live then by all means please take the time and experience the sights and sounds of Clann an Drumma for yourself. If not, then I would suggest you buy one of their releases; I have two releases, Keep It Tribal and Tribal Eyes and highly recommend both.
Hungary – AlternaDiva
Experiencing an evening with the renowned Opera Singer Erika Miklósa, at the Consulate General of the Republic of Hungary in New York on April 21, 2005, was a recital that was beyond words, but I will try to expound. This is a singer who not only has a voice that is powerful, sweet and commanding, but her stage presence is as engaging as her unbelievable voice. To truly “hear” Erika you must see Erika perform live. The intimate venue of the Consulate General of the Republic of Hungary provided the perfect stage to showcase her talents and allowed the special guests to experience and speak with Erika. I was given a copy of a CD that was specially created for the recital, though she has many releases for you to enjoy, which may be found on her web site.
Erika was accompanied by Miklós Harazdy on piano as she performed selections from Rossini, Verdi, Mozart, Gounod, and Srauss for the recital. Providing her a respite from her singing there was a DVD of Erika’s AlternaDiva release playing which features the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra with Miklós Harazdy, Conductor. The DVD features selection from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Die Zauberflöte “O zittre nicht…” and “Der Hölle Rache”, Giacomo Meyerberr – Dinorah “Ombre légere”, Léo Delibes – Lakme “Oú va la jeune Hindoue”, Ambroise Thmoas – Mignon “Je suis Titania”, Giuseppe Verdi – Rigoletto “Caro nome”, Gaetano Donizetti – Lucia di Lammermoor “Regnava nel silenzio” and “Il dolce suono mi colpí….” Erika will be performing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in December 2005, but in the meantime I recommend that you buy the DVD so that you can hear her special voice, as well as experience her stage presence as she captivates her audience with her facial expressions, body language and gestures. Erika is one of the most engaging performers I have had the pleasure to hear and see in a long time.
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