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Crystal silence - Music for Array Mbira

by Izabella Effenberg

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Primavera 03:51
He 04:41
Dave Bubek 04:38
Esperanza 05:02
Solitaire 05:15
El suerte 03:07
Jugando 05:07
Awakening 03:51


Are small miniatures in which Izabella is searching for her own destinctive array mbira sound. The Array mbira is a hand-crafted modern musical instrument with a unique harp- or bell-like sound. It is made in the United States by its inventor Bill Wesley and manufactured by

Wesley and Patrick Hadley in San Diego, California, United States. Its development began in the 1960s. It is a radical redesign of the African mbira and is part of the lamellaphone family.

Liner Notes:
"I get carried away immediately when I start to listen . CRYSTAL SILENCE brings us on a journey out into space, dreaming with eyes wide open.
The planets are passing by as we travel from one to another . PRIMAVERA : Waking up slowly in the morning , looking out over the foggy meadow at dawn. There is a reindeer jumping across the field . Running faster , she reaches the forest. We try to find the animal , but she has gone …….
HE: Now we are diving deep under the sea , away from the real world, into mystery , beautiful fishes are swimming beside us . Our minds are filled with moments of the now . DAVE BUBECK : We are back at the railway station , waiting for the train to arrive . Its a stressful world , but I am
trying to ignore that , with the belief that everything will be ok …….
LOZ ABRAZOS is one of my favorites on the album … sufficiently weird but still suggestive.
Music cannot be described in words , but I tried to explain what kind of thoughts the new album by Izabella Effenberg could potentially give to the listener.
When she plays the Array Mbira, she is telling stories , that create many pictures .The sound is dreamy , but also direct . I like the difference in the music from very sensitive simple themes, to the more complex, in terms of harmony and melody . I also hear a lot of other sounds, which are not in the compositions ; these appear only in my fantasy .

That is something I like in art : when the audience is given the opportunity to imagine things for themselves . Probably you will like it as much as I do, as there is so much beauty
Sit back and enjoy."

‪Lars Danielsson‬



released February 9, 2019

Producer – Izabella Effenberg
Recorded By, Mastered By – Marcin Gorny

Comes in a 3-panel digipack
Total playing time: 60:20


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Izabella Effenberg Nuremberg, Germany

Izabella is one of very few female Jazz vibrafonists in Europe and the first from Poland. Izabella also plays a glass harp, array mbira, steeldrum and singing saw.
In 2018 she received the cultur price of city of Nürnberg.
She played with different well known musicians such as Jan Lundgren, Nils Landgren, Lars Danielsson, Magnus Öström..She also organize the Vibraphonissimo Festival.
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