Taken from Anna Phoebe's forthcoming album 'Between the Shadow and the Soul' out 20th October.
Between the Shadow and the Soul
Violinist and composer Anna
Phoebe has thrilled audiences all over the world with her dramatic live performances. Shunning formal training in favour of learning
her craft on the stage - quite literally knee- sliding across it – her practical
education came under the auspices of elder rock statesmen Ian Anderson and Jon
Lord. Couple that with huge stadium
tours with the likes of Roxy Music and progressive rock outfit Trans Siberian Orchestra,
it’s no wonder that her visually
stunning intoxicating showmanship has earned her the title ‘violin vixen rock
chick’. However, beneath the bravado Anna
Phoebe is a down-to-earth soul who performs barefoot. Her extensive travels throughout the Middle East,
performing for royalty and with local musicians have provided some of her most
inspiring, memorable and touching times.
And it is these that inform her new recording Between the Shadow and the Soul.
Between the Shadow
and the Soul is an exotic combination of classical and Eastern influences
with a unique rock edge and Anna’s excursion into world music. Though fans of Anna’s rock and prog stylings
won’t be disappointed, ‘Between the Shadow and the Soul’ is a far less
bombastic affair which sees her embrace sounds from the Middle East, Eastern European
folk, gypsy and tabla.
From the album’s arresting opener, Shadow, a mesmerizing and evocative
piece inspired by the call to prayer in Amman, to the jaunty Balkan folk style of
Mostar, Between the Shadow and the Soul is an electrifying album of dynamic range and emotion. The skillfully arranged A Moment’s Deception builds from a repeating mournful melody into a
driving full-on pulsating guitar rhythm, then into Embrace, an earth shattering, tender violin and piano duet. Throughout, Anna’s playing is sumptuous
and exquisitely expressive. The album,
with its fiery crescendos and tabla grooves weaves her layered violins with the
diverse musical and cultural backgrounds of the band members as well as the
inspiration drawn from her love affair with the Middle East.
Between the Shadow
and the Soul is the culmination of Phoebe’s long-time writing partnership
with guitarist Nicolas Rizzi (who himself is half Moroccan and studied
classical Indian music). Together, they
have assembled a stellar cast of musicians in Yves Fernandez on bass, Francesco Lucidi on drums and Simran
Singh Ghalley on tabla (a Sikh warrior who -- remarkably -- is the only
band member to be born in the UK). With guest appearances from pianist Alex Montaque
and Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, Between the Shadow and the Soul
announces Phoebe as a genuine world music artist, embracing global sounds and
prog-rock to forge her own remarkable music.