• Anne Vanschothorst

lady Ferrus

How my cloud rider took lady Ferrus as it were .. i am on continuously on a sound search, a longing to find that beautiful and touching voice .. and i found out about Diana Ferrus through Ingrid Jonker on youtube. Every once and a while i watch the Ingrid Jonker documentary Korreltjie niks is my dood and in the recommendations was a poetry video about Saartje Baartman mentioned recited by Diana Ferrus. So i started following Diana on twitter and facebook. And yesterday i was called as it were to search on soundcloud for her voice. Because i wanted to see if there would be a hq recording of one of Diana's poems. And there it was "Letters", such a heartfelt and profound poem. I recognized my music, my story about the Cloudrider in the poem. It matched perfectly, i did not have to change my music or the poetry to make it work. How wondrous!

"Die gevoel en emosie is in elke snaar vasgele, soo pragtig. Ongelooflik !!"

Diana shared the poetry on her facebook page where the response is overwhelming - it made me realize that i am able to give voice through my 47strings to a poet who really matters and needs to be heard. The impact of a human voice in combination with the singing harp amazes me every time. This vulneralble synergy is very powerful indeed. I am obviously free to engage to who-ever i want but it means the world to me when the poet feels empowered by my work. When the listener truly resonates with the harPoetry i feel acknowledged as a human being.

soundcloud = https://soundcloud.com/harpandsoul/diana-ferrus-letters

"Oh much more happiness raining down ! Anne Vanschothorst beautifully plays her harp to my poem 'Letters'. Thank you Anne, thank you !!! This is beautiful ! How much good can one person endure? I am overwhelmed !" Diana Ferrus

Diana Ferrus - Lief vir Suid Afrika

About the Cloudrider What strikes me in this picture (lyrisches by Wassily Kandinsky) are the blue and red of the clouds and self-sure posture of the green rider and the movement of the horse's manes .. drawn in just a few lines with an amazing drive and passion. The colors and the seemingly simple playful way of painting give a sense of urgency. I have the feeling that the rider wants to rise above the earthly and maybe he wants to jump out of the actual painting in due time. - I wanted to capture this idea of escape in music. It begins with a run-up, the movement of my harp sounds become faster and faster – just like a rider who wants to jump, then holds his breath for a split second and takes the plunge. The rider is transcending – he is in the clouds, the time stands still, a dream come true .. the rider is one with his horse, at full gallop and freedom of movement they ride through the clouds to flee reality. After the jump one can hear a slightly dissonant harp sound that gives room and relief to end up in a meditation. How I wish this bliss could be never-ending. This melancholia suits me and touches me to the core. This amen or resolution is clearly my perception. My emotional life. As a musician I love to become one with the music. Such a tremendous joy to be in my world of harp and soul, a wonderful world of beauty and consolation. The dreamy and esoteric are to me an escape – like a painter who steps into his painting and disappears – that is how Kandinsky's rider could jump into infinity – he has become one with my last sounding harp tone.

For museum Boijmans van Beuningen i composed 'The Cloudrider'


'Minimal harp in landscape music reflects and evokes landscape, nature and place.' AV | LandscapeMusic.org