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Sirens - Music composed and arranged by Craig Safan

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Playing time: [54'14"]
Tracks: 13
Booklet pages: 8
© 2018 Miles End Music, Varèse Sarabande Records (a division of Concord Music Group Inc)
Reviewer: Anett Fodor
Review of Sirens - Music composed and arranged by Craig Safan published on 23 August 2018

Listen: Craig Safan: I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing (Sirens) (track 10, 1:40-2:33)

Craig Safan, keyboards
Sara Andon, flute
Caroline Campbell, violin
V F S, cello
Aija Mattson, horn
Linda Safan, vocals

Craig Safan:

Sirens - Music inspired by Homer's Odyssey
1 Circe's Island
2 Persephone: River of Tears
3 Ithaka: Visions of Home
4 On a Dolphin's Back
5 She Sang Beyond the Genius of the Sea
6 Melodius Discord
7 Let Me Go, Calypso
8 Penelope
9 Poseidon
10 I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing
11 Twists and Turns
12 Singer of Tales
13 Icarus (to J H)

'Sirens is inspired partly by my love of The Odyssey and partly by my lifelong love of myths. I've been enchanted by both since I was a child. My first memory of reading is sitting in my grammar school library delighting in a book of Greek myths. These tales and their magic have resonated throughout my life. At the University, I studied the works of James Frazer and Joseph Campbell, later visiting the Paleolithic caves of France and Spain. These travels led to my composing Rough Magic, music inspired by humanity's first artworks.

'With Sirens I'm not portraying the literal tales in The Odyssey, but rather the innermost feelings and memories they convey. The inward experience and journey, the wanderings of our lives, our relationship to family and home, and the deeper sonorities of existence. Sirens is most importantly an immersive experience which might take one to another world where myth, magic, and sensuality are on the surface and upfront.' - Craig Safan


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