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Valuri de Matase

by Valuri de Matase

Classic, Celtic, Romanian, Hungarian in a "Valuri de Matase" (Romanian for "Silky Waves") - style. Flute and Electric Guitar.
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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1. Balada
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2. The Clergy’s Lamentation
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3. Hora Staccato
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4. Romance
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5. Comben Market & Ellen O’Grady
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6. Road to Listonvarna & The Morris Dance
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7. Canon
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8. Greensleeves
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9. Nynth Gwcw (Nyth y Gwcw)
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10. Czardas
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11. Trees on The Mountain
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Album Notes
Valuri De Mătase: Two Albums from Quebec's premier classical duo
by J.M. Powell

Valuri De Mătase, comprised of flutist Terry Ellen Christopherson and Romanian guitarist Mircea Trifan, accomplishes much during their recordings. The flute and electric guitar are both contrasting and complementary instruments, as they both have freedom in tonality and volume, bringing to life many old traditional songs from around the world. These graceful sounds are what make Valuri De Mătase uncompromisingly timeless.

Since the duo's inception, the band has produced two full-length records, a self-titled debut and A Year's Day, which followed several years later. While Terry and Mircea call Quebec, Canada home, their songs hail from as far as Ireland, Hungary, England, the U.S., and Mircea's own Romania. More staggering still is that the two musicians wrote their own arrangements and for both albums, and did their own recording, making Valuri De Mătase a trial of love and focus.

Some songs are classics: “Greensleeves” remains one of the most arranged and still welcomed classical songs of all time, but part of this project's mission was to introduce listeners to the vastness of traditional music, and within the confines of flute and guitar, for audiences to deduce similar sonic qualities no matter the country of origin. It is with this intention that one fan stated Valuri De Mătase as wielding “Curiosity about music.”

Most of the songs are short, below four minutes, and few of the songs are slow, making both Valuri De Mătase and A Year's Day tight albums rich with motion and emotion. A handful of the songs grew, in fact, from Celtic and Irish traditional reels and ballads, making for often rambunctious offerings showcased here in the sparse yet authenticity of flute and guitar.

“Batuta la Rand”, off of A Year's Day, risks with confidence some spoken word at the beginning, (in Romanian, I think), and then launches into the quick-paced hammered-guitar technique that Django Reinhardt popularized, and yet, instead of Stephane Grappelli, Mircea is balanced by Terry, who weaves a tapestry notes, able to flutter like a butterfly, push like ants marching, and surrender like waves crashing on an isolated shore. This latter metaphor is especially apparent on “Pobjednicki Cocek”, which also pushes Mircea to leave chords behind for something of a sultry bassline.

And while A Year's Day succeeds at expanding classical sounds, the duo's self-titled, humble beginnings offer a more niche sound without compromising integrity. An example of this beauty is the aptly titled “Romance”, which the duo filtered into shimmering electric guitar finger-picking and falsetto flute that too often pierces the speakers, and yet Terry is able in this instance to harness the high-pitched energy, making for an almost operatic performance.

Key tracks on the first album include the castle-in-the-clouds wonder of “Lamentation”, the song “Cannon”, and the closer “Trees On The Mountain”. A Year's Day has the playful “De Doi Clarinet”, the infamous “Celtic Waltz”, and “Florile Dalbe”, another song featuring vocals and arguably one of the duo's greatest achievements.

Placid and also adept, Terry and Mircea's Valuri De Mătase is simultaneously familiar and utterly unique. Guest musicians, such as clarinetist Marie-Eve Simard, connect so well with Terry and Mircea that they've created the “clariflute”, and singers Gabriela Danila and Ariane Roberto add new textures to the compositions.

Those interested in traditional music, classical music, and flute, which is key to the duo's agility, should seek out Valuri De Mătase and their two albums, to turn your hours into beautiful platforms for a musical journey around the world.



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