While I’m not “in it for the local bands” as much as I should be, I have to admit that Fort Lauderdale’s Silver Nightingale was an interesting proposition. Silver Nightingale is the alter ego of Laura Sue Wilansky, armed with her silver flute. This album does not rock, neither does it roll, rather it gently lulls you into a reverie. I realize that solo flute interpretations don’t seem too tantalizing on the surface, but Ms. Silver Nightingale is no mere journeyman on her instrument either. She interprets pieces from Bach Sonatas, traditional songs like “Danny Boy” and “The Water Is Wide,” as well as a few somnolent solo pieces. I’m at a bit of a loss for words here, because Sarabande exists in its own emotional space, neither needing nor eliciting much emotion or interaction with the listener. New age without the cliches, perhaps? Regardless, Silver Nightingale is creating music far removed from Twenty-First Century trappings.
Silver Nightingale, P.O. Box 1748, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302; http://www.safari.net/~silver