This is a performance from one of the daycases at WOMEX 2011 in Copenhagen.

Laima Jansone plays a Latvian lap harp called the kokle. It is a variant on the psaltery, an instrument that stretches back thousands of years. Jansone’s way of playing the kokle is decidedly personal and non-traditional. Her improvisations go from dynamic strumming patterns to delicate fingerpicked motifs. The slide show above her was a plus, as she is so engrossed in her playing that she has no stage presence beyond that one thing. I was very lucky to get a separate audio file from the mixing board, as there was so much noise from the trade fair floor below, that her music was barely audible. Now with a clean track one can hear everything she is doing and how between the projected images and the music coming from the kokle, this is a strong, ambient presentation.

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