Lullabies - By Darian Stavans.
Rossana Frank - Harp.
"Lullabies are soft melodies for the harp. They are songs to enjoy and share.”
Lullabies are soft melodies for the harp. They are songs to enjoy and share, and as such are songs for everyone. Don’t we all have a child inside? Aren’t we all seeking answers to complex questions?
The path is always innocent. We fill ourselves and become familiar with that light that lives inside us guiding us through the challenges we all face, that we all go through… Just as when we played, loved and worried as children. That is what this album is about: enjoying music for sheer pleasure, and in this way igniting the innocent, naïve emotions we all carry within us.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Evocative is a word that has been used to describe, or better said, react to the music of Darian Stavans. Evocative? One would imagine that such a music would bring to the mind and heart shared memories, but one does not necessarily share memories with an artist; one shares feelings, reflections, dreams. These are the things one finds in the music of Darian Stavans— a passage of sorts to that special place we all have deep in our souls.
The apparent simplicity of works such as Interiors, Passion, and Poetic is powerfully touching and intensely beautiful. Captivating melodies hold our attention as their notes drop ever deeper into the soul of the listener, retrieving echoes of the human experience we all share. Our lives may be different, but our feelings are not. Stavans’ music glides us soothingly into currents of profoundly romantic reverie, pools of sunlit serenity, and occasionally into the depths of fleeting melancholy.
Stavans, the composer, imbues his music with texture: a guitar lends its sometimes earthy, sometimes airy quality to Els Segons Temps; whereas a lighter, more translucent harp is used to render Lullabies. In making his music come alive, Stavans has also become a producer (he produced all the works featured here) and a conductor. He conducted and recorded the St. Angelis Symphony Orchestra for his works Noir et Blanc and Prayer.
Nonetheless, Darian Stavans is first and foremost a gifted composer and pianist. His music speaks his soul and in so doing, speaks to our own. Perhaps listening to his works we might become acquainted with the artist, but it would be more accurate to say, we become reacquainted with ourselves.
A native of Costa Rica, Rossana Frank received her musical training in San José de Costa Rica from Emilio Franco and Alfredo de Lev.
Living today in USA, she has held a professorship at Utah
State University since 1993, and since 1995 has served as University Harp Player at the Utah School of Music and Dance. International recognition was established in 1997 when she won the Costa Rica Second Harp Festival, and has grown through a recording career with over four recordings. Rossana Frank performs frequently in major international halls and concert festivals. She conducts master classes in interpretation of XX & XXI harp music repertoire.