OUT NOW | Violinist Mari Samuelsen’s New Album “Lys”


Launched on Deutsche Grammophon, Norwegian violinist Mari Samuelson was impressed by the delicate and transformative qualities of sunshine, which is translated in Norwegian as “lys.”

The works chosen had been all written by feminine composers, from pop icon Beyoncé to twelfth-century Benedictine thinker and composer Hildegard of Bingen. Composers reminiscent of Hania Rani, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Anna Meredith, and Laura Masotto had been additionally highlighted.

Samuelson explains the inspiration behind this album got here to her whereas ready to board a long-delayed flight in the course of the summer time of 2019. “Ready for that aircraft gave me area to consider the methods through which music connects to gentle, shade and darkness,” Samuelson remembers. Her preliminary ideas developed with time and started to attach as metaphors of sunshine and her personal private reminiscences of childhood days spent within the winter darkness of rural Norway.

“I’m immensely grateful to have had this opportunity to create an album the place I might work so carefully with the composers,” Samuelson says. “They’re all very completely different personalities. It gave me a brand new dimension as a performer, as a result of I might ask them in regards to the which means of their music. It’s each thrilling and somewhat dangerous to place collectively items that come from varied occasions, locations and genres, however these are the tasks that fascinate me most.

“I need individuals to expertise Lys as an entire story fairly than a group of ‘sentences’ or impressions by completely different composers. There’s a bigger image right here that I hope will take listeners on a journey into gentle and the environment it creates because it shifts and modifications.”

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