Two Worlds One

Two World One Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter New Earth Records

Internationally recognized recording artists, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter, perform traditional melodies and original compositions rooted in world folk traditions.

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Product Description

In Two Worlds One, internationally recognized recording artists, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter, perform traditional melodies and original compositions rooted in world folk traditions. This instrumental album features the Celtic folk harp and Swedish nyckelharpa, supported by a rich assortment of acoustic instruments to create a graceful and heartfelt collection of timeless music.

“Aryeh and I spent both our early years street performing with our harps and later became recording artists. Both of us have produced many records and from that we knew and respected each other, but our paths didn’t physically cross until many years later when we teamed up to drive together to present at a harp conference in Montana.

During that long drive we realized that we both loved the same music. As expected, we both enjoyed and revered medieval, Renaissance, Celtic folk and world music, but it was actually the 70’s AM pop and progressive rock – the music we both grew up on – that we bonded over.

Soon we began performing each other’s music – each adding distinct musical sensibilities and various instruments to the other. As Aryeh had recently taken up the Swedish nyckelharpa, he incorporated it into my music and I played more mandolin and guitar in his. There was magic from the very first notes we played together. Everyone who experienced our concerts immediately wanted to have a recording of the music.

Following the tour, and with our favorite songs of each other’s in mind, we commenced on a recording project in Aryeh’s San Francisco cottage recording studio. We set out to make the best recording we could – one which would be infused with the energy and spirit of our collaborative vision, our two worlds of musical history, a fusion of ancient and contemporary coming together into one.

This recording is the result of our many hours working together in Aryeh’s studio. It’s a very honest and sincere offering and we hope we did justice to this music we love. We hope it brings a bit of beauty and grace into our home and your life, as it has to ours.” ~Lisa Lynne

“The meeting of Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter isn’t just a meeting of two harpists. It’s a merging of multi-instrumentalists, a marriage of soulful fantasy with an explorers heart on a chamber folk music stage of the imagination. Two Worlds One is indeed a new planet of music born from a tangle of strings and two intertwined musical souls.” ~John Diliberto Echoes, Public Radio International

Track List

1. Aran Boat Song 5:25
2. Gone Away 5:12
3. Mary Magdalena 3:57
4. Lauda 4:41
5. The Selkie 4:03
6. Morning Star 3:52
7. Luna de Amor 5:35
8. Circle of Joy 4:30
9. Waltz For Kuisma 4:19
10. Spirit Dance 4:24
11. Reverie 5:12
12. Walk With Me 5:28

Total Time: 56:38

Reviews

  1. Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter are acclaimed New Age/world musicians. She’s a master of the Celtic harp, and her instrument’s mournful tonality perfectly matches Frankfurter’s subdued and work on the Swedish nyckelharpa, (a 16-string instrument that’s been a Swedish musical mainstay for 600 years). Some touches of flute, tin whistle, and synthesizer add effect, but overall this is just a simple, beautiful study in acoustic string instruments: two harps in an interwoven harmony that straddles the boundary between Celtic and classical. Just the sort of thing to hear while running down castle stairs in flowing white robes, Two Worlds One has courtly elegance and regal pomp to temper its moments of adventurous spirit and enough heart and hope to lighten the occasional wanderings into melancholy, while still reaching right into your heart to melt the ice around the jewels therein. You may not even have thought there was ice in there, but this pair of entrained harpists will find it, and they’ll melt it with a few small melodic movements.

    “Aran Boat Song” opens the album, conjuring up the moody waters of that remote Scottish island and touching on some of the same melodic progressions as the Christmas classic “Silent Night.” Flutters of Irish flute dot the horizon in the melancholy romanticism of “Gone Away,” adding a hint of windswept longing to the more genteel and classical aspects. Elsewhere there are spirited folk-dance motifs and flowing moments of transient bliss with Lynne’s Celtic harp cascading along gentle melodic structures that counterpoint brilliantly with the otherworldly, timeless sound of the nyckelharpe.

    The talent and technical finesse of both these artists is so supreme that when first hearing the interwoven textures of a track like “Reverie,” it’s easy to hear all sorts of extra instruments that may not even be there. The 16 strings of the nyckelharpe resemble the Indian sitar in their ability to sound like separate instruments at the same time: high strings echoing flat like piano, middle strings have a zither or even mandolin feel, and the low strings intermingle wistfully with Lynne’s harp. Tasteful and restrained yet unabashedly romantic at the same time, Two Worlds One is the perfect album with which to lure a potential lover home to tea. The elegant, courtly feeling makes it all so respectable that when it gradually gives way to something akin to uninhibited passion the rest is up to you.

  2. “Folk harpists Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter combine their substantial talent and skills on Two Worlds One, an album containing both original compositions and traditional folk tunes taken from a variety of world music cultures. Besides her usual Celtic harp, Lynne also plays guitar, mandolin, and bandoura, while Frankfurter contributes on cello , fiddle, viola, cittern, bandoura, and a fascinating instrument known as the Nyckelharpa, a Swedish harp which can be both plucked and bowed. Some numbers are lively and spirited (“Lauda” and “Morning Star”) while others are serene and imbued with a flowing gentility and grace (“Luna de Amor” and “Walk With Me”). No matter what the tempo or mood of a song, the mastery of the musicians is in evidence at all times.”

  3. “Two Worlds One will enchant the listener from the first cut to the last. Commencing with the richly evocative ‘Aran Boat Song,’ romantically beautiful and lush in its Celtic tonalities, these two artists compliment each other beautifully on Celtic folk harp and Swedish nyckelharpa, with appearances of 6- and 12-string guitar, mandolin, bandoura, fiddle, viola, cello, cittern, recorders, and whistle. Nicely articulated harp work is always evident. The simple and gentle tune of ‘Morning Star,’ sweetly melodic and joyous in sound will linger with the listener, and ‘Reverie’ is a feast for those fans of the Celtic sounds we associate with the legends of that part of the world. A joy to review.”

  4. “Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter are acclaimed New Age/world musicians. She’s a master of the Celtic harp, and her instrument’s mournful tonality perfectly matches Frankfurter’s subdued and work on the Swedish nyckelharpa, (a 16-string instrument that’s been a Swedish musical mainstay for 600 years). Some touches of flute, tin whistle, and synthesizer add effect, but overall this is just a simple, beautiful study in acoustic string instruments: two harps in an interwoven harmony that straddles the boundary between Celtic and classical. Just the sort of thing to hear while running down castle stairs in flowing white robes, Two Worlds One has courtly elegance and regal pomp to temper its moments of adventurous spirit and enough heart and hope to lighten the occasional wanderings into melancholy, while still reaching right into your heart to melt the ice around the jewels therein. You may not even have thought there was ice in there, but this pair of entrained harpists w! ill find it, and they’ll melt it with a few small melodic movements.
    “Aran Boat Song” opens the album, conjuring up the moody waters of that remote Scottish island and touching on some of the same melodic progressions as the Christmas classic “Silent Night.” Flutters of Irish flute dot the horizon in the melancholy romanticism of “Gone Away,” adding a hint of windswept longing to the more genteel and classical aspects. Elsewhere there are spirited folk-dance motifs and flowing moments of transient bliss with Lynne’s Celtic harp cascading along gentle melodic structures that counterpoint brilliantly with the otherworldly, timeless sound of the nyckelharpe.
    The talent and technical finesse of both these artists is so supreme that when first hearing the interwoven textures of a track like “Reverie,” it’s easy to hear all sorts of extra instruments that may not even be there. The 16 strings of the nyckelharpe resemble the Indian sitar in their ability to sound like separate instruments at the same time: high strings echoing flat like piano, middle strings have a zither or even mandolin feel, and the low strings intermingle wistfully with Lynne’s harp. Tasteful and restrained yet unabashedly romantic at the same time, Two Worlds One is the perfect album with which to lure a potential lover home to tea. The elegant, courtly feeling makes it all so respectable that when it gradually gives way to something akin to uninhibited passion the rest is up to you.”

  5. “Lynne has proven her harp chops over and over. Here we find her pairing up with another harpist/multi-instrumentalist for a folk flavored outing that doesn’t really lend itself to dropping easily into a pigeon hole. With elements of folk, world, NAC and other adult genres, this is an elegant listening set that you don’t have to be all new age touchy/feely to enjoy. Closer to something to you’d expect from Mark O’Connor when he goes all Americana on you, this neo-classical session will be a fave with adult ears from start to finish.”

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