Sunday, September 26, 2010

Lisa Gerrard

I have a love/hate relationship with blogging. There are days when I can think of many things to write about, others where I just draw a blank. I let it go for a month or so, then get back into it when I do discover a topic that I want to share. I always look for new music and artists, ones that flew under my musical radar and were just waiting for me to find it. I found one last night.

I was looking around YouTube viewing videos of ambient (or new age) artists. We had The Band's" The Last Waltz" on the TV, so I had one ear on that and the other on YouTube.  YouTube is my main source for this, since stopped offering songs to preview. I was watching videos of a favorite band of mine, Bel Canto, featuring Anelli Drecker on vocals. I noticed that people were comparing them to Dead Can Dance. I had never heard of them so I looked them up and started watching to videos. The lead singer is Lisa Gerrard, who is famous for singing Now We Are Free, from the movie Gladiator. I have heard her name before but never really got around to listening to her.

She is just not of this earth. Her vocal style is beyond words.
Her vocals have been described as rich, jaw-dropping, deep, dark, mournful, and unique. She sings many of her songs, such as Now We Are Free and Sanvean in an idioglossia (an idiosyncratic language) that she has developed since the age of twelve.

Lisa was born in 1961 in Melbourne, growing up in a Greek-Turkish with Irish parents who loved Mediterranean music. This influenced her music, particularly on later Dead Can Dance albums and in her solo and collaborative works.

She was with Dead Can Dance until 1998, when she embarked on a solo career. She has worked on many films, with Gladiator being one of the most well-known.

She received a Golden Globe Award for the music score to the film Gladiator, on which she collaborated with Hans Zimmer and Klaus Badelt.

She has just released DEPARTUM, the new joint collaboration with Marcello De Francisci.

Here are few samples of her singing.

My favorite, The Sea Whisperer. I am not sure she actually sings on the soundtrack of this movie, City of Angels. It could be just what the maker of the video used.Regardless, I love this song.

From the movie, Henry Poole is Here, called "On An Ocean." This is a video made by a fan, which has nothing to do with the movie.

A collboration with Orbital, called One Perfect Sunrise

I could put a lot more up, but I will leave it up to you to explore. 

Lisa is an incredible singer and artist, and I look forward to discovering her music. I hope many of you agree. This is not  your traditional style of music. Listen to it with an open mind, and with headphones on! Close your eyes and just let the music take you to another place.

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