Jedyna taka płyta na świecie. Jej głos - niczym płomień w setnych postaciach, podsycany dźwiękiem jedynego takiego instrumentu na świecie - dwóch metalowych mis, dźwięcznych talerzy, czary pulsującej dźwiękami... ******************** "llama", pronounced "yama" in English and means either "flame" or "fire" is, to the best of my knowledge, the only recording to date in which the "Hang" is featured prominently, in this case, the only instrument, except for the wonderful voice of Sílvia Pérez Cruz. The "Hang" of course, are the UFO-like instruments under the garden gloves pictured on the cover of this album. Inspired by the steel pan drums of Trinidad and Tobago, but built to perfection by two instrument designers, Felix Rohner and Sabina Scharer, of PANArt in Bern, Switzerland, the "Hang" was first introduced to me by Ravid Goldschmidt whom I heard playing in one of the numerous walkways of the ancient Barri Gotic quarter in Barcelona, Spain. Not that Ravid is a typical street musician (he is often invited for concerts in Spain and Europe), it is just that he finds it both interesting and challenging to have direct communication with his audience. When I saw him then, his audience was rather large... Ravid, who was 25 years old at the time of this recording, was born and raised on a Kibbutz (agricultural commune) in Israel. He has played drum set "all his life", mostly Brazilian influenced, but began concentrating on the "Hang" when he first heard it played by a fellow musician at a music festival in Israel. Since that time, he has been developing his own voice on this unique instrument and "llama" is a documentation of that development. How Ravid arrived in Spain is something interesting in itself. Although not a Christian, Ravid went to Spain to experience his own version of the "El Camino de Santiago" Pilgrimage which involves crossing northern Spain on foot, perhaps entering from France, but ultimately arriving in the northwestern city of Santiagio de Compostela. After finishing this "experience of a lifetime," Ravid went to visit a friend in Barcelona and ended up deciding to stay after trying out his instrument in the street. He discovered an enthusiastic audience and at the time of this writing he has been in Barcelona for about one year. During his stay in Barcelona, Ravid has had numerous opportunities to hear local musicians in their own concert settings. At one of these concerts he met Sílvia Pérez Cruz, the voice on "llama". Together Ravid and Sílvia discovered their own unique musical connection, allowing each other to act and react freely. When Ravid first told me he wanted to record with voice I was somewhat hesitant because more than anything else, the voice is a very particular and personal "thing" and when it is not in tune, it is very hard to work and the situation can become uncomfortable. However, after hearing 2 seconds of Sílvia, I was hooked! Sílvia Pérez Cruz, besides being an amazing singer, also plays jazz saxophone. She began her studies in music in Palafrugell, (Catalunya) focusing on solfege, piano, sax, choir and orchestra) At the age of 17, she discovered jazz (first with the saxophone and later with voice). When she was 18 she moved to Barcelona to further her studies in harmony, jazz and cajon (the wooden box which is sat on and used as a percussion instrument in Flamenco performance), studying the latter with Juan Flores.