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Nancy Goudinaki Ariadne’s Lullaby Review

by August 28, 2019

Nancy Goudinaki Ariadne’s Lullaby Review

 

nancy-g-cdNancy Goudinaki is a guitarist and vocalist, originally hailing from Thessaloniki , Greece.  She studied with master classical guitarist, Costas Cotsiolis, and received her degree in Musicology and diploma with honors in classical guitar.  Discovered by Greek bassist, Lakis Tzimkas he encouraged her to pursue singing.  She performed as a vocalist in local jazz venues, restaurants, hotels and private functions, both in Athens and in her hometown. Upon moving to New York, Goudinaki studied with several recognized jazz stalwarts including, jazz forerunner JD Walter, jazz composer and lyricist Miles Griffith, Cynthia Scott (member of the legendary Ray Charles vocal group, “The Raelettes”), and Barry Harris (recipient of the 1998 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award). Her debut album titled; I Wanna Be Your Star was her first debut foray in 2014.

About the Single

“Ariadne’s Lullaby” is a Goudinaki original that was inspired by her niece Ariadne. Goudinaki’s skill as a composer is evident in her balance of form and development of the melody. The composition develops over time and is performed by Goudinaki in a solo format, with a nylon-strung guitar. Though the recording quality is a little crude, the emotion still rings clear and transfers beautifully.  Goudinaki’s emotive style is immediately recognizable as unique and defined.

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“Ariadne’s Lullaby” has many colors and techniques that Goudinaki executes with precision and finesse. The harmonics ring clear, the nancy-gpercussive effects on the guitar body are in time and add to the flow. It is easy to hear the Goudinaki is a vocalist as she transfers a lyrical quality to her guitar playing. The tune has a wide appeal and is very relaxing. Goudinaki explains, “Although this tune was initially written and produced for my niece, it is intended for a larger audience- future mothers, fathers, grandparents and caregivers.” Also adding to the soothing elements and sounds is the incorporation of classical and jazz elements in the harmonic progression. The recording includes Goudinaki’s niece and her first babbling sounds, certainly an inventive concept, that every new parent cherishes for their lifetime.

In Conclusion

Goudinaki certainly is a talented Aunt, and her niece will eternally have something to cherish in her lifetime, from her doting Auntie.  “Ariadne’s Lullaby,” is much more than a family keepsake, it’s a beautifully executed lullaby that is a welcomed addition to any bedtime relaxation or peaceful moment. The single is uplifting and wonderfully conceived.

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Nancy Goudinaki

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Ariadne’s Lullaby

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Self-Released

Release Date

September 30, 2019

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