"I was mesmerized by the first piece, Postales del Alma, for which the CD gets its name, translated in English to Postcards from the Soul. Ironically it is written by another Argentine composer, Andres Martin. Martin, who lives in Mexico now, began a collaboration with Godinez when she discovered his unique ability to make the harp sound rich and luxurious. In her position as president of the San Diego chapter of the American Harp Society, she successfully raised funds to commission this new work and also premiere it. Martin plays bass in the Baja California Orchestra and has a special feel for what happens when you allow the strings to ring and create overtones. In addition, neither musician is afraid to shock us with the rattling of strings as pedals change, a wake-up call of sorts that gives dimension and muscle to an instrument we are only hearing through speakers. It’s magical.
Postcards of passion, sadness, and fury lead to At Dusk in Arthur Foote’s genial miniature. Cellist Omar Firestone plays with a luscious tone matched by the light and rhapsodic flute played by Leopoldo Gonzalez.
Expressive and unafraid to take dynamics all the way, Paul Creston’s Olympia is sumptuously self-indulgent in its cascading arpeggios. Godinez makes it sound as fun to hear as it must be to play. I would imagine a piece like this is why someone would want to play the harp in the first place, to just get all over the strings. She plays with confidence and joy.
Since Vivaldi’s La tempesta di mare and Debussy’s La Mer, composers have attempted to harness the power of the sea in all its vastness, colors, and changing moods. Gardner Read’s Sea-Scapes is capricious and mysterious; we hear bubbles rising from the ocean floor, distant murmurings of creatures from great depths, and the quiet serenity of another universe sharing our world. Godinez lingers and savors each moment. I can’t help but think of the late free diver Natalia Molchanova who spoke of the allure of being underwater. “When we go down, if we don’t think, we understand we are whole.”
Lou Harrison’s Suite for Cello and Harp is simple, repetitive, and meditative with an air of primitive music. It’s a perfect cap to a beautifully recorded CD of well-chosen repertoire." Allison Young, The Harp Column
"Michael Byron and Cold Blue Music have released a new CD of gorgeous music for the solo harp, co
mmissioned and performed by Tasha Smith Godinez. In the Village of Hope contains a single 22 minute track that unfolds with such delicacy and grace that an hour of it would not seem too much. The composer writes: “With a sound reminiscent of wind chimes, it yields fields of harmonic stasis, that mysterious circumstance of individual notes diverging and merging to form a delicate fabric of sound...
This music is perfectly suited to the harp providing just the right timbre for the complexity and hopefulness that are combined in this piece. There is an exotic and idealistic feeling to In the Village of Hope that is beautifully drawn out by the playing of Ms. Godinez, who negotiates the 22 minute shower of notes with assurance and perfect command of her instrument. This is an impressive work, both in concept and performance – In the Village of Hope perfectly captures the optimism and tranquility that seems so elusive in our busy lives." - http://www.sequenza21.com/cdreviews/2015/08/michael-byron-in-the-village-of-hope/
Tasha Smith Godínez performs the monumental solo work by New York based composer, Michael Byron on this 26 minute single released on the Cold Blue record label.
In the Village of Hope, Michael Byron
Tasha Smith Godínez performs works composed by both north and south American composers. Postcards from the Soul communicates from the soul of the American classical musician and composer.
Postales del Alma - Andrés Martín
At Dusk - Arthur Foote
Olympia, Rhapsody for Harp - Paul Creston
Sea-Scapes - Gardner Read
Suite for 'Cello and Harp - Lou Harrison
Copyright 2013. Tasha Smith Godinez. All rights reserved.