After the Rain CD Cover
 
AFTER THE RAIN
By David Michael - Ambient suite for Celtic harp, piano & viola-da-gamba


       

Multi-instrumentalist and master of the Celtic harp, David Michael has been playing stringed instruments for 55 years. Here he blends the haunting voice of viola-da-gamba (predecessor of the cello) and piano with his gentle and expressive harp playing to create a suite of trios, duets and solos for these three instruments. David is well known for his solo harp recordings and over 20 multi-track studio albums, but this is his first foray into performing every part himself on a multi-track CD.

After the Rain is introspective, exploratory and impressionistic. It contains concise compositions yet employs elements of improvisation - a hallmark of David's production style and one of his techniques for keeping the performances sounding fresh and inspired.

Living as he does in a home that also houses a school for massage - run by his wife Dari - David has ample opportunities to provide music for the healing arts and he composed this suite of gentle pieces with that in mind. The simple music is slow and suitable for massage or meditation, yet is born of sophisticated understanding of classical forms. The arrangements are intended to satisfy the ear in any kind of contemplative setting.

David has a passion for World Fusion music and believes any combination of instruments can work together if musicians engage in deep listening and seek common ground. Not surprisingly, his viola-da-gamba playing in After the Rain is instructed more by the music of India than by traditional Renaissance or early Baroque music. He has collaborated for years with Benjy Wertheimer, a master of North Indian classical music and the esraj, a 19-stringed bowed instrument. When David plays viola-da-gamba, the influences from the esraj are unmistakable.

Credits:
Cover photo: copyright 2007 by Lawrence D. Hooper
All musical performances (Celtic harp, piano, viola-da-gamba & zither) David Michael
Recorded and mastered by Neville Pearsall at Synergy Sound, Port Townsend WA
Mixed by David Michael & Neville Pearsall
Graphic Design by Robyn Ricks & Andrew Ratshin at NWDiscs, Seattle WA
Conceived, composed and produced by David Michael
Special thanks to Dari Lewis Michael for invaluable suggestions and assistance.
 
 
Samples
Title Actual Playing Time on CD Play Shorter MP3 Sample
Spring 11:50 click to launch media player and stream 32 kbps MP3 file.
Ocean Breeze 10:00 click to launch media player and stream 32 kbps MP3 file.
Morning Star 5:56 click to launch media player and stream 32 kbps MP3 file.
Clouds 11:25 click to launch media player and stream lo-fi file.
La Luna 6:41 click to launch media player and stream lo-fi file.
After the Rain 4:58 click to launch media player and stream lo-fi 192 kbps MP3 file.
Kaleidoscope Fields 4:20 click to launch media player and stream lo-fi file.
Renewal 5:01 click to launch media player and stream lo-fi file.
A New Day 3:56 click to launch media player and stream lo-fi file.