“Amala” is a duo: Reidun Schlesinger (harps) and Paul de Grae (guitars). We play music from several centuries, in original arrangements. The core of our repertoire is Irish: traditional Irish tunes, and music from the Irish harp repertoire; we also play music from various continental European countries, Renaissance and early classical pieces, some jazz, and our own jazz-tinged compositions.
Reidun is originally from Belgium and has lived in Kerry (south-west Ireland) since 2008; she has considerable experience of playing solo and in bands in Belgium, Germany and France, and recorded three CDs with the Belgian band Amorroma.
From Dublin, but now also based in Kerry, Paul has played and recorded with Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly, Aoife Ní Chaoimh & Paudie O’Connor, and the trio Smoky Chimney, among others. In 1989 he published “Traditional Irish Guitar”, the first such tutor book; and he has written for The Companion to Irish Traditional Music, An Píobaire and other publications.
Amala’s debut CD “resonance” was released in June 2016, and has received some great reviews, including this 4-star review in “The Irish Times”:
The February 2017 “Living Tradition” magazine (UK) says:
“… It’s a long time since I heard so accomplished a first album, and having heard some wonderful offerings by other artistes over the past year, I can hand on heart say that this is my favourite…”
(full review here: http://www.livingtradition.co.uk/webrevs/amcd01.htm)