Jay Ansill

Mind & Body

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You get a good idea why Ansil is considered an Enfant Terrible of the Celtic harp. As he says, "Putting music into categories is dangerous business." So, this CD is an eclectic collection that lets us hear Ansil's unsegregated view of music. The repertoire runs from a William Butler Yeats poem set to a string quartet plus wooden flutes and voices; "Hakshyon" pits Ansil successfully against banjo conceptualist Tony Triska, "Tabhair Domh Do Lamh" features his solo harp and "I Hear Your Laughter" is a '60s sort of psychedelic song on which Ansil sings. This is a fine wide-ranging album which proves that musicianship with a sense of humor knows no bounds. Ansil is also an established origami artist with a few instruction books on that subject as well as one of his original paper works to his credit. His previous album is entitled Origami.