Emily Lau | Isle of Lucidity

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Isle of Lucidity

by Emily Lau

An album of original compositions inspired by the artist's harrowing experience escaping from the Costa Concordia shipwreck.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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1. Ayúdame
Emily Lau, Camila Parias & Clare McNamara
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2. I Wander, I Wonder
Emily Lau & Jessica Schaeffer
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4:52 $0.99
3. Fantasy of the Drowned Violin (Before)
Emily Lau & James Dargan
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1:51 $0.99
4. Fantasy of the Drowned Violin (After)
Emily Lau & James Dargan
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1:56 $0.99
5. Mediterraneo
Emily Lau, Glenn Billingsley, Daniel Stillman & Elizabeth Hardy
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3:13 $0.99
6. Los Bilbilicos
Emily Lau, Jessica Petrus & Clare McNamara
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2:17 $0.99
7. Kyrie
Emily Lau & James Dargan
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8. Universal Prayer
Emily Lau, Clare McNamara & James Dargan
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9. I Believe
Emily Lau, Jessica Schaeffer & James Dargan
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10. Sanctus
Emily Lau & James Dargan
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11. Agnus Dei
Emily Lau
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Album Notes
When Boston-based singer and composer Emily Lau embarked on her honeymoon cruise in January 2012, she had no idea that voyage would change her life forever. But just a few days after setting sail on the Costa Concordia, the ship ventured into shallow water off the coast of Italy and smashed into the rocks. After the captain abandoned ship and the lifeboats left the young couple behind to fend for themselves, they found a discarded rope and rappelled down the hull of the sinking ship, desperately hoping for rescue. For the next three hours, they would cling to that rope, wondered whether anyone would come for them at all.

This album of original compositions — written by Lau in the year following the disaster — provides the listener with a window into the couple's terrifying and surreal ordeal, each piece illuminating a different dimension of the disaster. Lau draws from her experience as an active touring classical musician to craft the haunting melodies and enlists an all-star cast of collaborators to construct the vivid soundscape. Virtuosic vocal performances are supported by lush violin and harp accompaniment, while a mournful wind section of bassoons & bass dulcians recreates the slow relentless movement of the sea.

Grounded in medieval polyphony and colored with modern chromatic sonority, Lau develops a unique musical language and paints a series of vignettes, alternately depicting the seascape in turmoil and the hope of the survivors. With texts taken from a variety of eastern and western faith traditions, as well as the work of contemporary poets, Lau asks the listener to accompany her on a journey in search of truth and beauty in the aftermath of a tragedy.

The couple's harrowing story has been told on CNN, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, and Vanity Fair, as well as in the memoir "Abandoned Ship" written by Lau's husband, Benji Smith.


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Laurel MacLeod

Very Moving!
I wasn't sure what to expect from the CD, but I was very pleasantly surprised! It's beautiful music in general, but made all the more so by the knowledge of what happened to Emily to cause her to create this music.

It has a haunting sound that I like anyway, but the originality of the writing is very heartfelt and moving.

I love it! :D

As an interesting note, I have just finished the book written by the artist's husband about the Costa Concordia disaster that they were caught in. With that still fresh in my mind, I have to say that this music is beautiful all by itself, but I just appreciate it so much more for reading the book and truly understanding where the music came from. You can find the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Abandoned-Ship-intimate-Concordia-shipwreck/dp/1481285939/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359779640&sr=8-1&keywords=abandoned+ship
I highly recommend listening to the album while reading the book.