Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The strings of Lili Haydn

Out today is Place Between Places, the third album from Violin artist virtuoso Lili Haydn. Violin, you might ask...as in Stradivarius? That's right, although you won't find any classical lullabies to put you to sleep here. Lili takes an instrument that's been around for hundreds of years and employs it in novel new ways. Due to her skills with the strings of her instrument, she has shared the stage with such diverse artists as Jimmy Page and Robert Plant (playing Kasmir), Tom Petty, Josh Groban, Sting, and is a sometime member of George Clinton’s Parliament–Funkadelic (which explains her cover of Maggot Brain which closes the album and is available for you to listen to below).

While the album clearly falls into the category of pop, don't be too quick to dismiss it. She does a wonderful job of composing melodies that weave in both her gorgeous voice as well as her skilled violin playing. Listen to both the opening track, Memory One, and the closing cover track below to try a taste of her string work.

and one from the end of last year:

Lili Haydn - Goodbye Stranger : Goodbye Stranger EP

Visit her website, her label Nettwerk Music, and become her friend on MySpace.

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