[ Jayrem Records New Zealand / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 2 May 2003
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Extraordinary musician and violin player performs arrangements of classical, traditional Maori and European compositions
ELENA is an extraordinary musician and violin player player whose debut album "ELENA" features exciting arrangements of classical and traditional Maori and European compositions designed to break down the musical barriers between these diverse disciplines.
The opening track, Canon's "Pachelbel" combines with ELENA's mihi and Karanga.
Gareth Farr's composition "He Tango mo Elena" is one of the album's highlights. The haka (of love!) interweaves with the dance of sorrow (tango). "He Tango mo Elena" features the full NGC Wellington Sinfonia, ELENA's beautiful violin solo and vocals from Brannigan Kaa and Kapa Haka group, Tu Te Maungaroa.
Maori classics such as "Blue Smoke" and "Once Were Warriors" are performed as String Quartet and full orchestral scores. ELENA's electric violin replaces the electric guitar on the "Warriors" track.
The wonderful vocals of April Neho, Howard McGuire and Aroha Priest are enhanced by ELENA's violin and Steffen Gores' guitar on "Hine E Hine".
Bic Runga's "Sway" is given the string quartet treatment and Latin American rhythms are to the fore on "Puerto" and "La Compasita"