Scorpion Tales is Duo Scorpio's debut release. It contains a unique selection of modern masterpieces and new works for harp duo, including Le Jardin Des Paons and Parvis by Bernard Andres, Raga by Carolyn Lizotte, and world premiere recordings of Crossfade by Sebastian Currier, Scorpion Tales by Robert Paterson (commissioned by Duo Scorpio and the American Harp Society) and Unfurl by Stephen Andrew Taylor. Each work explores the rich sound world created by two harps, and the entire album was produced by Grammy winning recording engineer Adam Abeshouse.
The formation of Duo Scorpio is as fascinating as the album: harpists Kathryn Andrews and Kristi Shade were born on exactly the same day, November 5, 1982, making them both Scorpios; they both moved to New York City after undergraduate school, completed their Master's Degrees at The Manhattan School of Music and studied with harp legend Susan Jolles. Scorpios are known for their determination, hard work and love of a challenge, which is definitely exemplified in this stunning debut album. Further information: duoscorpio.com. Click here for a high-res version of the album cover image.
1. Le Jardin des Paons (The Garden of Peacocks) is by Bernard Andres, one of the world's greatest living composers of harp music.
2-4. Scorpion Tales, the title track, is inspired by hot peppers, music from Trinidad, the mating rituals of scorpions and the battle between Orion and a scorpion.
5. Raga by Canadian composer Carolyn Lizotte is based on the sonic world of traditional music from India. In this work, they play finger cymbals, various other percussion instruments and even stamp their feet with ankle bells, all while striking and scraping the strings of their instruments with SuperBall mallets.
6. Crossfade is by Grawemeyer Award winning composer Sebastian Currier.
7. Unfurl is a work for two quarter-tone tuned harps by Stephen Taylor.
8. Parvis by Bernard Andres is one of his most popular works, and a staple in the harp repertoire.
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