Release Date: June 10, 2022
Label: IndependentRed Sky Prairie is the last album I heard in 2019 by Sharon Fendrich. I can enjoy the gorgeous soundscapes that this talented composer creates on Sapphire Oak nearly three years later.
The title track, “Sapphire Oak,” is a mesmerizing combination of word and song. The chorus is sung in Ta’ek, a language devised by Sharon as follows…
Ge klad dokh ya rade (My song is your compass)
Um yi red a kha ya size (Let it lead you to your calm)
Tzafir dokh mes mosh ta (Sapphire is the color of love)
Ek dokh stu’ah (Oak is strength)
Tzafir ta, kmo Ek stu’ah (Sapphire is love, and Oak, strength)
The devised language is a mixture of sounds based on nordic languages, and a bit of Hebrew. I think it’s brilliant that she discovered a language of her own making. That is an excellent example of creativity functioning on an entirely different level than adding all the music to it to make it complete. To me, that is amazing. I have listed all the credits and acknowledgments for your interest. I think it is essential regarding this project.
The use of natural sounds and the interconnectivity of life are evident in this music. Suggesting the strength of an oak, and if you listen to the words, she says it can be your compass to where you need to go in that moment.
The music, separate from any vocal attributes, is very cinematic. It is full of beauty and emotion. As you listen to the ebb and tide of the music, you may think of the past and the promise of the future in your life. Tracks like “The Oaken Door” gave me chills and injected energy into my being.
“Of Badges and Crowns” has a world Celtic flavor. I love that kind of mixture; it stands so tall and proud. I found not only the picturesque elements of cinema and emotion evident, but it was also like a reach back to times long ago when we did not have technology. A bell tolling in the background, the wind blowing softly on your face, all those feelings are present and come alive within you. This is powerful music that will quickly paint the intended picture of the artist.
At this moment, as I write, I needed to hear, feel, and absorb everything about this recording. Seek, and ye shall find, or in some cases, it will find me. Sharon Fendrich, composer, producer, and arranger, gave herself 100 percent. The instrumentation is superb, including the violin, cello, harp, Irish whistle, and the lush phrases of the Symphonic Recording of the orchestra connects all the dots and creates another musical work of art. I also need to cite the vocal prowess of Sharon and Talia Valdez, with many of the tracks adding a special touch that make it soar and envelop you.
Music always gives me what I need, and Sapphire Oak appeared at just the right time, thank you, Sharon.
Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-MuzikMan.net Founder
June 10, 2022
01. Sea of Oaks (5:33)
02. Leaves of Glory (3:40)
03. The Grove at Dodona (3:55)
04. Runic Roots (4:15)
05. Call of the Ruins (5:37)
06. The Oaken Door (3;30)
07. Dryad's Rejoice (5:10)
08. Of Badges and Crowns (4:41)
09. Under Her Canopy (5:47)
10. Sapphire Oak (3:55)
11. Carry the Oak (5:35)
Credits and Acknowledgments:
Composer, Producer, Arranger: Sharon Fendrich
Orchestration, Contractor: Joaquin Garcia
Recording Engineer: Katharina Nuttall
Mixing Engineer: Linus Andersson
Mastering Engineer: Bruce Maddocks
Orchestra: Symphonica Recording
Conductor: Vladimir Martinka
Vocals: Sharon Fendrich, Talia Valdez
Violin: Lisa Rydberg
Cello: Klara Källström
Harp: Stina Hellberg Agback
Irish Whistle and Uilleann Pipes:: Ian Harpe