«Entre Mundos» - Between Worlds:
Most of the tracks on this CD were created during the first half of the century in Paraguay and Venezuela. They remain well known and popular today, although some of them have significantly moved away from their original versions throughout the years. By researching into the original versions and additionally adapting and adjusting them for the harp and then ultimately interpreting the tracks on my own instrument, I constantly felt between different worlds – between cultures, periods of time, backgrounds and emotions.
The tracks on this CD have been interpreted individually using only the Paraguayan harp. As a result a musical masterpiece has been created, in which the extensive and distinctive sound variety of this instrument is expressed remarkably clearly and precisely.
About Me - Daniela Lorenz:
I was born in a Swiss village in the mountains and from a very early age my heart was touched by South American music. As a teenager I played Charango and Quena in Andean music groups
During my 4 year degree at the Rhythm Seminar at the Conservatory of Zürich, I mastered how to play the Paraguayan harp whilst I did my training to become a music teacher. After graduating from University, I deepened my knowledge of playing the harp with various harpists in Switzerland Paraguay and Madrid.
Along with my many performances and concerts in Switzerland and around the world, I also compose and arrange music for the Paraguayan harp.
In addition to my solo career, I also take part in various instrumental and vocal formations as well as sharing my knowledge in courses and workshops. I have produced many of my own recordings not only on private label but also for Swiss radio.
In addition to this, I am researching the developments of South American Harps, which includes playing techniques as well as their origins.
The Paraguayan harp:
Since the harps and music of the Jesuit missionaries in the 17th and 18th centuries, various types of harps and music styles have developed in Paraguay, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador and Mexico
The Paraguayan harp has become one of the most structurally developed and well known harps of Latin America thanks to the international success of music group «Trio Los Paraguayos».
The harp is made from light cedar wood and has between 36 and 38 Nylon strings, which is played using your finger nails.
The harp is the national instrument of Paraguay.