aspaklaria - press release
Having charted new territory with her ground-breaking album, Hashgachah, Jarmila X Gorna is now pushing her own musical boundaries even further. The critics were so dazzled by her genre-defying album, that it was presented for nomination by the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards. With Hashgachah reviewers struggled for words to describe the indescribable – rather appropriate for an album of wordless songs. Kate Bush, Chick Corea, Ennio Morricone were just some of the comparisons made. Could it be that Sigur Ros heard her work when they first started?
Where do you go from there? Ms Gorna's new album is the beautifully named 'Aspaklaria' (Aramaic for ‘clear lens’). This time, much to her own surprise and inspired by a lifetime’s spiritual quest for Hebraic mysticism, self-penned lyrics poured forth. She wanted to push beyond the luxury and the safety of the abstract. In this album Jarmila is gathering the clouds into concrete form.
All the things reviewers liked most in the debut album are still present. The magic of her almost extraterrestrial, tantalising voice and the emotionally gripping way she uses it - combined this time with contemporary beats, electronic sounds, soul-stirring grooves and refreshingly unexpected song structures. She continues to stir the listener’s heart and soul.
Aspaklaria is almost single-handedly the work of one woman – written, performed, produced and engineered by a true ‘Polly Math'! She is assisted by the inimitable David Farren, founder member of Bad Manners. A true polymath, Farren created the album artwork and graces the music with his electric guitar brushstrokes. The music was recorded in her studio which was originally set up with the kind assistance of old friend and mentor, Philip Bagenal of Eastcote Studios (Adele's "21"). Grammy award-winning engineer Matt Lawrence (Mumford & Sons' Babel) mixed the album and Larry Holcombe added his production flair. Aspaklaria was mastered at Metropolis by the multiple Grammy-nominated Stuart Hawkes (Amy Winehouse's Back to Black, Lorde's Pure Heroine).
You may hear an occasional bass wobble and might pick up on some pop crossover, trip-hop, rock and grime vibe, or detect morphed echoes of deep house and drum & bass… phew!... but Jarmila Gorna once again eludes all attempts at easy classification. All those eager for fresh musical experiences will not want to miss out on this. Here is a multi-talented artist in her element doing what she does best.
Click the links below to view the lyrics and INSIGHTS INTO the songs from Aspaklaria:
hashgachah was presented for nomination by the bbc radio 3 world music awards in 2003.
hashgachah - PRESS RELEASE
Jarmila Xymena Gorna's [Yarmeela Kseemena Goorna] Hashgachah is a classic album of the new century. A bravura combination of musical brilliance and soulful expression, it heralds the arrival of a unique singing, composing and piano-playing talent.
Taking advantage of her four-octave range, the multi-layered and improvised voice is accompanied by her fluid piano playing and subtle arrangements for double-bass, brass, percussion, oud and violin.
Born into a musical family in Lodz, Poland, London-based Gorna brings a wealth of musical experience to her work. She combines a thorough classical piano training with deep research into European folk traditions, and a love of jazz, which she studied at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.
The result is a music that is stylish and daring, wordless songs that express more emotion than lyrics can describe, delivered in a personal voice that takes the listener on a musical journey full of passion, soul searching and celebration.