|Artist||John Mudd/Peter Hayes/Jayne May-Sysum|
|Instruments||soprano, piano and cello|
|Label||Stiffkey Records (05)|
These 11 songs on Buddhist themes include settings of poems by Ryokan, Sangharakshita, and the 7th Dalai Lama, among others.
Classical roots combine with contemporary harmonic colour, to create a fresh and spacious sound.
Extracts from review in Urthona magazine:
"Jayne May-Sysum has a beautiful voice and a sensitive understanding of these words. She has a fine vocal range and variety of tone colour which, combined with perfect diction and intonation, serve both words and music admirably.
Peter Hayes' accompaniment is, throughout, sensitive and colourful, and his music allows the text to speak. There is no overpowering of the words by the music, no sense of the music 'getting in the way'. Often it is as if the music is providing a landscape in which the words can speak and give voice to the spiritual experience of the writer.
In these songs we hear something of the many and various influences on Peter Hayes as a composer: Jazz, J.S.Bach and Olivier Messiaen to mention but a few.
It is a mark of great music that it rewards repeated listening. There are many moments in these songs that are immediately attractive and there are less obvious gems which only reveal themselves with familiarity. I thoroughly recommend this CD."
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