Mhairi Hall - Airs - CD
Scottish musician Mhairi Hall releases 'Airs', a contemporary piano album of timeless melodies. Slow airs that gently wrap the Steinway piano in a blanket of comforting mellow sounds from harmonium to island waves; creating an evocative landscape. Her previous releases with her trio - 'Cairngorm' and 'Contours Of Cairngorm' - confirmed Mhairi as one of Scotland's most innovative, dynamic pianists, famously taking a Grand piano to the top of the Cairngorm Mountain to0 celebrate her first release. 'Airs' is a special collection of historic Scottish slow airs arranged by Mhairi alongside her own newly composed works. This album goes far beyond the melody, capturing both the air passing through the piano and the space around it, creating waves of ambient, warm sound, as beautifully portrayed on the track 'Ae Fond Kiss.' In 'A Peak Apart' air flows through the harmonium, crating layers of texture, and the sound of waves adds texture to the track 'St Kilda.' Mhairi recorded the album on a beautiful Model D Steinway Concert Grand Piano in Crear - 'Space To Create', Argyll during the Autumn of 2018. Protected from the elements, but with a full view of the Hebridean island Jura, Mhairi recorded over several days and nights amidst a storm. Mixed in Gorbals Sound, Glasgow with Kevin Burleigh and mastered by Zino Mikorey in Berlin, every detail has been considered, creating an album that delivers something fresh with each listen. Renowned landscape artist Beth Robertson Fiddes joins Mhairi with her first ever musical collaboration for the album, accompanying Mhairi throughout the creative journey, attending the recording and listening to the music as the album developed, all the while taking inspiration and composing her extraordinary mixed media paintings which work hand in hand with the music.