【專輯名稱】600 Years In A Moment
【專輯藝人】Fiona Joy Hawkins
【專輯風格】Celtic/New Age/Piano: Contemporary Instrumental
【發行公司】Little Hartley Music
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菲奧娜·喬伊·霍金斯（Fiona Joy Hawkins）是澳大利亞歌手和鋼琴家，她常被稱為“澳大利亞的恩雅”。菲奧娜的第五張專輯《一瞬間的600年》借鑒了凱爾特人的家庭傳統音樂以及聲樂和器樂演奏，旨在代表蒙古，匈牙利，中國，非洲，西藏，愛爾蘭，中東和美洲原住民，此項目的創建是為了解答音樂“全球化”的問題，霍金斯使用手工製作的Stuart and Sons品牌的鋼琴，來自世界各地的各種古代樂器藝術家提供支持演奏，十二首曲目中大部分都是新音樂，但也有一些受喜愛的舊作品，該專輯在2013年ZMR音樂獎上被授予最佳樂器專輯-鋼琴類別。
600 Years in a Moment begins with “600 Years,” a piece that combines spoken word (Fiona), Gaelic vocals (Heather Rankin), and a fascinating combination of instruments that includes piano, Irish whistles, wooden flute, Spanish laud, electric guitar, bass guitar, Irish bodhran, and cello. The voices are ethereal yet earthy, as are the instruments. Calm yet magical, it sets the tone for the rest of the album. The languid and sensual “Naked Love” features piano, violin, Mongolian morin khuur, throat singing, Chinese bawu, Hopi drum, Romanian bells, obsidian chimes, and Japanese Kubota. Eclectic, no? “The Journey,” a favorite, includes Charlie Bisharat on violin as well as wordless vocals, Egyptian water bottle(!!!) and electric upright bass guitar. A bit more uptempo than the previous tracks, it expresses movement and anticipation. “Earthbound” is the only piano solo, and what a fluid, beautiful piece it is - I love the sound of that piano!!! The smooth and elegant “Gliding” has appeared previously, but the instrumentation is somewhat different on this recording - another beauty! The instrumentation becomes even more exotic on the sensuous “Tango in Wednesday”: Hungarian tarogato, Turkish oud, Columbian tiple, African djun djun, tubano, doumbek, tam-tam, deer toenails(!!!),African cabasa, Tibetan tingsha bell, Middle Eastern riq, etc. I know what a few of those are, but only a few! As incongruous as the mix sounds, it’s an incredible combination that works beautifully! “Running On Joy” has appeared before with slightly different titles, but this delightful burst of musical energy is always distinctive with the sound of the Australian didgeridoo. “Flight of the Albatross” appeared on Hawkins’ second album and has gone through a variety of incarnations over the years. It’s still one of the favorites and appears here as “Ancient Albatross.” The piano really sings on this one! “Captured Freedom” has a much simpler instrumentation with piano, violin, and Irish whistle - a rather unusual but very effective combination. The whistle really brings out feelings of longing - lovely! “Forgiveness” closes the album with a gentle but very evocative duet for Chinese bawu and piano - another unusual but very effective pairing.