I thought I'd change things up for this week's feature…
“Emotional and haunting, beautiful and lingering… If you aren’t listening to him, you’re making a mistake.” – Melissa Marr, NY Times and internationally bestselling author
Followers of Accidental Muse know, I love to feature unique instruments and their players and today is one of those days and I’ve chosen the haunting but undervalued cello, with artist and composer Adam Hurst being the focus.
Having studied cello at Skidmore College at high school, Hurst went on to do further studies at Brown University as well as earning a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. I first discoved his work a year ago with the purchase of his 2009 release Ritual, it’s since been listened to on repeat – the smooth and enchanting voice he draws from his instrument is nothing short of spellbinding.
The fact that his works are his own compositions only adds to the enjoyability and without fail the listener is taken on a journey to another world, conjuring images of forests and fairytales (seriously it’s like stepping into Game of Thrones, minus the beheadings!)
Adams latest release is called Obscura, the featured video today is called Four Winds from the same album, watch it, I promise your ears will not be disappointed. Four Winds is a mix of Cello, tanpura, frame drum and array mbira, and I hope you love it has much as I do!
” The original music of Adam Hurst is at once haunting, ethereal, evocative and romantic. His music has hints of Arabic, Indian, Eastern European, Native American, Celtic traditions while being completely his own. He has performed throughout the US and in Europe and has been commissioned to compose and perform original work for ballet, belly dance, and contemporary dance. His music has played on various radio shows around the world including Echoes on NPR stations in the US. His recordings have been used in independent films, documentaries and art films. Adam Hurst’s compelling live performances are not to be missed.”- source
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image source: World Cello