Monday, April 9, 2012

Letter from Lily Neil


How beautiful it is that Spring has arrived!
Oh to be on the road now that April's here!
I just returned from Madrid, where I recorded music for an upcoming CD to be entitled, "Donde nace la Luz" (Where the Light Begins). The recording session was a great exercise for my fingers - polyrhythmic, lever-changing, chromatic acrobatics on thirty strings!!! I enjoyed it thoroughly! The CD will feature new music by Carlos Cano, of Cuba, and Hernán Milla, of Spain, with lyrics from the poetry of Aldo Mendez. It will be released several months down the road, in late autumn and I'll keep you all posted about it ;)
Travelling over the last week was an experience... for anyone interested, my left thumb and right eye are still intact and, when I can make light of them, those stories will come to a gig near you! ;) I'd like to thank Lucia, Joe, Kelly, Hernán and his family, Elisa and the Huovinen family, Tracy and Carlos for all of their kindness and hospitality during my travels.
In a day I'm heading to Dublin to work on a top-secret project (Lily007 - more on that soon!) and am giving a recital there at St. Ann's Church on Dawson Street. It's free so please pass on the word about it to all of your friends in Dublin. After that I'm giving masterclasses to students at the University of Limerick... so it'll be a normal couple of weeks of work for me as I take my harp on planes, cars, trains, boats, bicycles... etc.!
After Ireland I'll come to the States to give several performances, which are listed below. You’ll see that I’m also giving a Harp Workshop for the Washington, D.C. Area Folk Harp Society, which may be of interest to those of you who play the harp. 
I really hope to see some of you that my concerts and I look forward to sharing new music with you all! Following my visit to the U.S. I'll head back to Finland to record my cello/harp CD with Vesa Norilo, so there's a lot of action and excitement ahead...
Hope to see you at one of my upcoming shows!
Lily
16 April: St. Ann's. 1:15 PM Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.
20 April: Workshop for the Washington, D.C. Area Folk Harp Society. 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM in Sligo Creek, MD. Please ring 301 412 8590 if you are interested in attending.
21 April: Institute of Musical Traditions Performance. Takoma Park Community Center. 7:30 PM, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD. Please ring +1 301 754 3611 for more information.
27 April: The American Folk Art Museum. 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street), New York City, USA. For more information please ring +1 212 595 9533.
30 April: Rockwood Music Hall. 9:00 PM, 196 Allen Street New York, NY 10002. For more information please ring +1 212 477 4155.

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