Lies Beijerinck & Aura Rascón
SANSZUS Was born out of the special encounter and organic alchemy of two unique wind instrumentalists:
Lies Beijerinck, one of the top female contemporary Didgeridoo players in the world today and
Aura Rascón, a versatile flutist specialized in the Bansuri (Indian bamboo flute)
to the core and at the highest standards under the guidance of legendary master Pdt. Hariprasad Chaurasia.
Making use of two beautiful elements of nature - wind and wood - SANSZUS, as an ensemble, is truly quite simple in its construction, but at the same time rich in its musical DNA heritage… This is the encounter of
two ancient instruments which are rooted in powerful music traditions: the Didgeridoo coming from the music of the Aborigines of Australia; and the Bansuri, present in various forms of Indian Classical and Folk Music.
Taking this ancestry and background of their instruments with the utmost respect, the instrumentalists try to also be coherent their own identity as people and musicians and to their own cultural background, taking therefore, the initiative to break cultural gender discrimination barriers and manifesting their music with these two beautiful ancient instruments in a context of contemporary cross-over, with freedom for innovation, experimentation and their own intuitive creativity.
'AERA, Tales of a breathing planet'
7 tales, 7 songs dedicated to the element air....
‘Through breathing, we feel the living planet that gave birth to our musical instruments, through breathing, we create the music that connects our souls with yours…’
AERA, TALES OF A BREATHING PLANET
AERA takes us back to the origins of the word ‘AIR’, rooted in the ancient Greek language. That subtle element, that you can’t touch or own, but is present everywhere, connects us all and is vital for our survival.
We see our beautiful planet as a giant living organism, which equally ‘breathes’ as we do. Air is its life force, which nourishes and connects us all, no matter how close or far we are from each others in the world.
‘AERA, Tales of a breathing planet’ pays then a humble tribute to this most subtle but also powerful element of Mother Nature, which is at the same time, the most important element in our music.
As musicians, we wanted to challenge ourselves by exploring the possibilities of doing an album exclusively with wind instruments and in our case in particular, this meant of course to explore an intimate and in-depth dialogue between our main instruments the Bansuri and the Didgeridoo.
In this spirit, we created 7 songs, 7 wind tales different in character, where we tried to express different aspects of this special element of nature and also the different nuances and wider spectrum of our instruments.
While playing, we aimed to connect to that sacred space, where the division between the inner and outer realms start to fade away... Simply, by remaining open as the channel where air can flow freely within our bodies, be canalized throughout the corridors of our instruments to be later manifested as sound.
Magic is when the alchemy of this cycle is completed, but that can only happen when there is someone to receive it, so thank you, for being here, now, at the end of this journey with us!
We hope you enjoy merging into the sounds and vibrations of AERA.
Aura & Lies