Scottish musician Mhairi Hall releases her first solo album, Airs, a contemporary piano album of timeless melodies: slow airs that gently wrap the Steinway piano in a blanket of comforting mellow sounds from harmonium to island waves; creating an evocative landscape.
Her previous releases with her Trio Cairngorm and Contours Of Cairngorm, confirmed Mhairi as one of Scotland’s most innovative, dynamic pianists who was recently awarded the 2020 Ignition Award for Innovation in Music from Hands up for Trad. Mhairi famously took a grand piano to the top of Cairngorm Mountain to celebrate the release of Cairngorm.
Airs is a special collection of historic Scottish slow airs arranged by Mhairi and her own newly composed works. This album goes far beyond the melody; capturing both the air passing through the piano and the space around it creating waves of ambient, warm sound; as beautifully portrayed in ‘Ae Fond Kiss’. ‘In A Peak Apart’ air flows through the harmonium creating layers of texture and the sound of waves adds dimension to track ‘St Kilda’. Mhairi recorded the album on a beautiful Model D Steinway Concert Grand Piano in Crear ‘Space to Create’, Argyll during the stormy autumn of 2018. Protected from the elements, but with a full view of ever-changing Hebridean island Jura, features in track ‘Màiri’, Mhairi recorded over several days and nights amidst a storm.
Mixed in Gorbals Sound, Glasgow with Kevin Burleigh and mastered by Zino Mikorey in Berlin every detail has been considered, creating an album that delivers something fresh with each listen. Renowned landscape artist Beth Robertson Fiddes joins Mhairi with her first ever musical collaboration on this album. Beth accompanied Mhairi throughout this creative journey, attending the recording and listening to the music as the album developed, all the while taking inspiration and composing her extraordinary mixed media paintings which work hand in hand with the music
Artist’s website: www.mhairihall.com
‘St Kilda’ – live:
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