Wild Iris with Celtic Harp by Kim Robertson brings a special touch of magic with the extraordinary flute of Steve Kujala.
Wild Iris features Kim's lighthearted and joyful duet with her longtime friend, silver-flute virtuoso Steve Kujala. Fascinating whirling sounds of improvised flute tones dance among her Celtic Harp strings. Wild Iris brings a special touch of magic to the process of awakening to the sound within.
"Wild Iris is a natural collaboration between the flute, courtesy of Steve Kujala and the Celtic harp of Kim Robertson. These instruments have tremendous range and versatility. Their natural timbres create deep atmospheres. Robertson's style, usually more subdued, is quite aggressive and quite appealing on this CD. Unencumbered by accompaniment and production concerns, she lets it fly and it soars. Kujala's flute is the perfect companion for her deep sonority. This is an exciting performance. It will appeal to fans of Susan Craig Winsberg, Lisa Lynne, Loreena McKennitt, and Patricia Spero." ~ Jim Brenholts, All Music Guide
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Kim Robertson's repertoire includes timeless Celtic melodies, classical, Renaissance and medieval works, and original compositions which, since the release of her 1991 album, Angels in Disguise, also feature her beautiful lyrics and vocals.
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Kim Robertson began studying piano at age eight, continuing on into college as a piano major. I was in Kim Robertson's senior year of high school that Kim first began to learn the pedal or orchestral harp. "I was never a very good pedal harp student since I was not interested in a symphonic career. I found it fascinating only as a sideline."
Kim Robertsons introduction to improvisation early on by a jazz pianist enlarged her musical vision, freeing her from the need for written music. This freedom influenced both her piano and classical harp training, building trust in her own creative instincts and allowing many future innovations in her style.
In the mid-70's, Kim Robertson discovered the Celtic harp. This quickly evolved into a profound love for the instrument and set her upon the original path of exploration for which she is renowned. In 1979, she moved to the California coast where she was approached by Invincible Music.
The first recording session turned into her debut recording Wind Shadows with producer Liv Singh Khalsa, a rich blend of old Irish melodies and original compositions whose success projected Kim Robertson onto the vanguard of the new acoustic scene.
Kim Robertson's love affair with Celtic music has blossomed into a highly visible performing, recording, and teaching career. Her work encompasses 18 recording projects including Tender Shepherd, Love Song to a Planet, and her 1993 appearance on the Sugo harp anthology Harvest Moon. Kim Robertson has published nine volumes of harp arrangements and two instructional videos and pursues an international itinerary of concerts, workshops, and retreats. Through the prism of the Celtic harp, one of the world's oldest and most loved instruments, Kim Robertson has found and focused her artistic vision to create an intimate and universal chamber music of the heart.