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"Contemporary Canadian harpist Sharlene Wallace melted the snows of winter at her recent performance in Vankleek Hill (Ontario) - March 6, 2005. With her fiery playing and warm audience rapport, Sharlene transported the listeners into her musical world "Beyond the Waves" - Sharlene's latest CD. Whether playing original works, such as Lost River, Dream Habanera and Wallace Bay; or interpreting the work of Alfredo Rolando Ortiz - Llano, El Rio or the searing Merengue Rojo - Sharlene displays a meticulous control that, while technically virtuosic, always manages to be sensuous and organic, all the while appearing as easy as child's play. A personal favourite, "Windows on the Sea", shows Sharlene at her best. This work opens with a gorgous celtic-inspired piece, written by Canadian wind player Craig Noseworthy, then soon moves into Sharlene's playful South-American inspired rhythmic vatriations. A highlight of the concert was Sharlene's 3-movement "Island Mountain Suite". This airy, verdant work is a gem - mixing elements of celtic dreaminess, rhythmic complexity and beautiful, memorable melodic writing. This was performed with fellow harpist Lucile Brais Hildesheim and brought the comment from many listeners that it was like hearing harps in stereo. Fabulous bassist George Koller accompanied Sharlene on many of the pieces on the programme and brought an added dimension of rhythmnic verve and harmonic profundity. A fantastic, joyous musical adventure that ended far too soon."
— Ian Hepburn, director of concert series "Music Alive! Musique en Vie", Vankleek Hill, Ontario

"When we sold out just through word-of-mouth and without even advertising the performance, I knew she was good. But the first time I heard Sharlene play I was in an adjoining room: The music was so intense, so vibrant, so amazing I thought there was a trio playing. How can you do that with just one set of hands!?"
— Les Jones, Bookstore Cafe, Camden East (2005)

"We've had some very successful workshops recently. Sharlene Wallace delighted a packed room with her Celtic harp expertise."
— Ottawa Folklore Centre, Ottawa, ON (2005)

2005 Mozart Harp and Flute Concerto: "The andantino gave Miss Wallace more opportunity to demonstrate not only the instrument, but also her capacity to make it sing. Wallace's distinctive plucking carried each note throughout the theatre, sounding positively angelic. The melodic and well-known rondeau brought the piece to a glorious finale."
— Danny Gaisin, Oakville Today (2005)

"...so fluid and musical that it could take your breath away."
— Harp Notes Ontario

"Sharlene Wallace may not be a household name here in Canada; indeed, if she were a racing car driver with her accomplishments, her name would have been spread across every newspaper and news report ..."
— Steve Fruitman, CIUT-FM University of Toronto Radio

"...a harpist who takes chances!"
— Lise Watson ,'twas, Toronto

"soulful, emotional performances "
— The Multicultural Heritage Centre, Stony Plain, Alberta

"an accomplished, innovative harpist ...impresses with the intensity of her playing ...a personal style that is at once rhythmic, ethereal and slightly exotic."
— Don Butler, The Ottawa Citizen

"...so much intensity and musical depth that she took us away to another world."
— G. Davies, International Folk Harp Journal

   
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