Basia Bulat – a Canadian singer/songwriter plays some very special instruments: the autoharp, ukulele, charango and the very special pianoette – a fretless zither from the beginning of the 20th century.
I have discovered Basia Bulat from some free concerts on the NPR site and a short feature about her autoharp playing.
But the most fascinating video that I have found is Basia Bulat with her song The Shore. In this song Basia Bulat plays the Pianoette, one of the rare kinds of fretless zithers that were invented during the first years of the 20th century. When I first saw the video I was really wondering how Basia Bulat could produce this fascinating sound with chords and even a tremolo sometimes with just one instrument.
The pianoette has a special mechanism to play chords with the left hand, while the melody is played with a little hammer that beats onto the double strings in the same way as the hammered dulcimer is played. It is even possible to play a kind of tremolo with the swinging hammer.
The pianoette produces a great sound, and makes this song to a very special one:
#16.1 Basia Bulat – “The Shore”
Wideosesja Basia Bulat with – a young Canadian with Polish roots.
In the Palace of Culture during a concert at the Cultural Cafe Basia promote their second album “Heart Of My Own.” With this album specifically for the Free the Music! played the songs “The Shore” and “Hush.”
HibOO d’Live : Basia Bulat “The Shore”
Playlist Basia Bulat
Homepage Basia Bulat:
concert by radio 3 (Spain) – great concert video – Basia Bulat plays the charango, autoharp, guitar, piano and keyboard.
Homepage about the fretless zithers:
About the Osborne pianoette:
NPR concert – Sasquatch 2011: Basia Bulat, Live In Concert:
NPR Tiny Desk concert:
Basia Bulat: Making The Autoharp Cool:
My post abouth fretless zithers in Switherland (German – will be translated within the next days):