Monday, November 12, 2012

A Fascinating New Voice: Cécile Corbel

I just discovered a fascinating new voice, thanks to Studio Ghibli's newest animation, The Secret World of Arrietti. Cécile Corbel plays the Celtic harp and sings in an enchanting voice, ethereal and almost child-like. Her music transports one into a fairytale land of "a gypsy with golden lips, a knight-errant, a woman in love with a dolphin, a ocean of milk, deers in garments of fog, another knight, wounded and mourned by a maiden in an orchard, a talking horse, a female pirate, a damned girl on the moor."

"En La Mar"

In addition, she looks rather like Pre-Raphaelite maiden, a point in anyone's favor, right?

I'm always excited when I discover a lovely new voice, and when the artist sings about the very things I love -nature, fairytales, beauty, mystery, danger, love- and remains true to who they are, you couldn't ask for more. I particularly like her rendition of the Celtic classic, "Brian Boru."

Take a look at her website as well. Because she isn't terribly well known, her CDs are a bit expensive, but worth it.