Maria Valentina Chirico’s Enchanting Folk Music

The enchanting musical universe of Maria Valentina Chirico is otherworldly and unique. As a trained classical vocalist, she knows how to use her voice as an endlessly expressive instrument. Her music feels alive as if miniature dramas and timespans unfold within the earthy environments she creates. Working with an incredible array of collaborators, the sonic quality of her work is richly textured yet ethereal; tiny … Continue reading Maria Valentina Chirico’s Enchanting Folk Music

Ron Nagorcka “Lovregana – Music From A Tasmanian Forest / Soundscapes From Wilderness”

Italy’s invisibilia editions continues their stellar run with this dual reissue from Australia’s Ron Nagorcka. With recent interest in ambient music that combines nature field recordings and gentle music (“birdbient” as Jake Muir coined – at least I think it was Jake), these 30+-year-old recordings from Nagorcka are decades ahead of the current. With the album titles, it’s easy to get a grasp of this … Continue reading Ron Nagorcka “Lovregana – Music From A Tasmanian Forest / Soundscapes From Wilderness”

Maria Valentina Chirico “Initiale / Quanno Nascette Ninno”

Classical and sacred music vocalist Maria Valentina Chirico creates airy magic on this stunning single from invisibilia editions. Based on verses from Rainer Maria Rilke, “Initiale” resonates with a glowing sadness in her transcendent melody backed by plucked strings and a whirring carillon. Lighting the way toward a higher calling, Chirico’s arrangement builds tension and anticipation in droves, all to be brought down when she … Continue reading Maria Valentina Chirico “Initiale / Quanno Nascette Ninno”