Gordon Eagle composer
Aliana de la Guardia soprano
Maja Tremiszewska piano
“A poet who composes,” Chinese artist Gordon Eagle presents cross-cultural sounds and styles in his music for soprano and piano. MELANCHOLY IS LIKE A PLUME OF SMOKE features a collection of five songs with music and lyrics penned by Eagle. This new Ravello Records album mingles ancient Chinese poetic traditions and Western sounds in one forward-thinking recording.
MELANCHOLY IS LIKE A PLUME OF SMOKE presents five concise poems, most divided into quatrains with lines no more than a few words in length. This brevity belies the imagery bursting from each word. Eagle’s lyrics reflect Chinese poetry styles which favors harmony of tone, evocative images, and creating a state of mind. Each reflection on life, relationships, and the past is framed by the performances of soprano Aliana de la Guardia and pianist Maja Tremiszewska. Their deft handling of the tonal, melancholic melodies and short but image-packed phrases completes the atmosphere of this album.
Eagle’s debut Ravello Records album brings together old and new, East and West, poetry and music, all in one successful release.