DREAMING OF LIGHT: MARI SAMUELSEN SHARES A TRACK BY HANNAH PEEL FROM HER FORTHCOMING ALBUM LYS
“It is fascinating to me the conversation you can have in music. No language barriers are involved, no words are lost, just a feeling suspended in time.” - Hannah Peel
Listen to "Reverie" HERE
22 APRIL 2022 (TORONTO, ON) – Violinist Mari Samuelsen today unveils her latest single, Reverie. Taken from her forthcoming album Lys (“Light”), the track is written by Hannah Peel and follows on from last month’s release of White Flowers Take Their Bath by Meredi. Co-produced by Mari herself, Lys features the work of thirteen women composers, and combines new pieces written especially for the artist with exquisite arrangements of existing music. The album will be released on 20 May by Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company.
“I began thinking about our spiritual connection to light”, says Mari. “Without ever planning it that way, I decided to play with connecting female composers with the soundscape I’d imagined.”
Hannah Peel is one of those composers. As well as solo albums such as the Mercury-shortlisted Fir Wave, her work includes scores for theatre, dance, film and TV – her soundtrack for the documentary Game of Thrones: The Last Watch received an Emmy nomination.
Peel’s Reverie first appeared on Rebox 2 (2015) as a short original piece joining two music-box covers, and Peel has arranged it here for solo violin, strings and electronics. “It was a seamless link between an old-fashioned music box and electronic synthesizers, and so it is wonderful to hear this piece now reinterpreted as a stand-alone composition in a completely new way”, she says. “It’s almost like I posed a question in the past, which has now been answered in a different voice for the future.”
Mari’s thoughts on Lys evolved slowly, informed by the long history of describing music through metaphors of light and personal memories of childhood days spent in the winter darkness of rural Norway. Her choice of composers grew from a long list of people, most of them women, she felt would have something interesting to say about the life-giving phenomenon of light. The album spans a breadth of styles that mirrors Mari’s openness to music from a multitude of genres and her advocacy of new work. Its fourteen tracks are woven together to create a meditative and energizing playlist.
“Of course it’s both exciting and a little risky to put together pieces that come from various times, places and genres, but these are the projects that fascinate me most,” notes the violinist. “We humans have so many impressions of light, what light feels like, in good and bad times, and I hope that speaks through the music on this album.”