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About the Album:
‘Rainstriker’ is an original crossover/new age album inspired by fantasy, myth & legend. Sung in a striking fusion of English & Anglo-Saxon, the album was influenced by the first episode of the highly successful BBC One David Dimbleby Series, ‘Seven Ages of Britain’, in which Eleni co-wrote & sang songs & cues, including the end title song, in Anglo-Saxon. This was an original idea that Eleni conceived & developed for the series’ soundtrack - inspired by David Dimbleby reciting from the great 9th century epic English poem, 'Beowulf', in Anglo-Saxon.
Eleni co-wrote (words & music), produced, engineered, arranged & performed instrumental, lead & backing vocal tracks, mixed the album & oversaw the mastering sessions. Eleni also designed the digital & CD package artwork. Five years in the making, the fifteen-track album was released internationally on the 22nd of June, 2015.
Songs of Fantasy, Myth & Legend
Music by: Adam Violaris & Eleni Violaris
Words by: Andonis Violaris & Eleni Violaris
Produced & Mixed by: Eleni Violaris, Adam Violaris
& Andonis Violaris
Digital & CD Package Artwork by: Eleni Violaris
Sung in English & Anglo-Saxon
“Rainstriker is a real winner”
- John Kelleher, Head of Warner Classics & Jazz
With its ethnic elements, film music style arrangements & themes that draw on Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Norse myths & legends & other tales from across the sea, ‘Rainstriker’ taps into the fantasy genre given global profile by films such as, ‘The Lord of the Rings’, ‘Thor’, ‘Beowulf’ & ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ as well as the popular TV series, ‘Game of Thrones’.
‘Rainstriker’ evokes a mythical age centring on Celtic, Brythonic & Norse Gods & Goddesses of the earth, moon, sea, sky, rain, wind & fire. With elegant melodies & harmonies that encompass late nineteenth century romantic style (as found in film music), ‘Rainstriker’ tells the tales & colourful sagas of marauding Vikings & great mythological heroes, as found in the great epic English poem, ‘Beowulf’; depicted on the album in the song, ‘Beowulf and Grendel’.
Immortal love stories permeate the album too, such as depicted in ‘A Lover’s Tale’, which recounts the tragedy of ‘Hero and Leander’; a story about a young priestess of Aphrodite who lives in a tower by the straights on the European side of the Dardanelles (also known as the Hellespont). In the tale, Hero falls in love with Leander, a young man from across the straights, who throughout the summer swims the Hellespont to be with Hero; guided only by a light she shines from her tower. When on one fateful winter’s night, storm winds extinguish Hero’s light, Leander loses his way & drowns. On seeing Leander’s lifeless body washed up on the shore, Hero leaps from her tower to be united with him in death. The tale has been an inspiration for artists, poets & composers throughout the centuries, including Lord Byron - the first known person to have swum the Hellespont, in honour of Leander.
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