Lavinia Meijer's new album The Glass Effect is her latest album released in 2016. This double album includes the theme of Koyaanisqatsi and 10 Etudes by Philip Glass.
Born in South-Korea and at the age of two adopted into a Dutch family, Lavinia started to play the harp at the age of nine. Within two years she was ad missioned to study at the young talent class of the conservatory of Utrecht (Bachelor) and later at the conservatory of Amsterdam (Master). At both conservatories she graduated with Honours.
Her success at the conservatory of Amsterdam has a prelude on Lavinia's career to come. She performed only contemporary compositions at her graduation concert, making a firm statement already: Lavinia is here to add new chapters to the history of music.
In Lavinia's own words: "As one of the founding fathers of the so-called Minimalist Music style (music with repetitive motives), Philip Glass has been my most important inspiration to set off exploring further into this field of music.
Three years ago I started studying the Etudes. These richly varied and melodically complex pieces, on which Glass worked for more than two decades, trace the history of his development as a composer. Transcribing them from piano to harp was a great challenge, and a much deeper and richer one than my previous arrangements of his music. The Etudes explore a variety of tempi, textures, playing techniques and harmonies that give a wonderful overview of Glass's changing musical language across a time span of over 20 years (1991-2012).
The Glass Effect has taken me on a valuable journey, transporting me across my own musical boundaries and enabling me to grow as a musician, a performer and a person. It is my personal tribute to my friend Philip Glass, who celebrates his 80th birthday in January 2017."
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