Elisabeth Valletti

Scrapbook & producer’s note

The Age Of Trees 1991 (from Elisabeth Valletti’s scrapbook)
Fiddling around with the various sound treatment racks at the studio, we get this awesome organ- like sound coming out of “The Blue” (as Camac named their first electric concert harp). Handing me a poem he had just written down, Jean-Michel asks me – just for fun – to try it as a song. Coincidently, a harmonic suite I had in mind was perfect for the organ sound and was put down to tape. I then recorded the lead vocal in a single take while holding the poem in my hand. No thinking, no hesitations, as if the melody was naturally calling my voice to sing it.

Note from the producer : Often, for a valid reason, at the time of deciding on the songs that will make it on the album, some songs are left aside and don’t make the final cut. They are doomed to be forgotten. Years later, a tape might resurface from the vaults, and upon listening to it, you can’t help but wonder why this particular song was left out. You have no answers, just a blurred memory and a song once in your hands; this time, ready for release.

The Age of Trees

The age of trees
The age of forests and of woods
The age of trees
Who can tell you and me the truth?
Who can tell you and me the truth?

About the age
The very age
The mysterious design of lines meeting
As they go ‘round in a circle
The mysterious age of the trees
How old my leaves and how old yours?

We’ve been forests me and you
We’ve been forests together
We’ve been forests together

Ageless designs in the open trunks
Into each atom of our bones
Into the soul of our heart
Feel the message in the stones
On which you walk upon
You’re dancing your life on ancient love

Guessing the age
The very age of trees
Of forests and of roots
Of hearts and bones
We’ve been forests
We’ve been forests
Long before we knew we were
Mysteriously growing
We are
We are
We are
We’ve been forest
We’ve been long before we knew we were
Mysteriously growing
We are

The age of trees
The age of forests and of roots
The age of trees
Who can tell you and me the truth?
About the age

We’ve been forests me and you
We’ve been forests together
We’ve been forests together
My love

Jm Reusser/Elisabeth Valletti
© Takticmusic

Biography

Harp-obsessed composer, sound designer, and vocalist Elisabeth Valletti graduates at thirteen years of age with a special prize for harp awarded unanimously from the National Conservatory of Marseille. She studies harmony and composition in Berkeley; film-making and ethnology in Paris. Passionate and curious about all genres of music, she performs in Europe, Japan, Israel, and the USA. She works with the likes of Leonard Cohen, Lauryn Hill, and French producer Hector Zazou along with John Cale & Ryiuchi Sakamoto in the studio.

In the late 80’s she asks world-reknowned French harp manufacturer Camac to design an electric concert harp and they bring forth “The Blue”. An innovator in amplified harp, Elisabeth Valletti takes the sound one step further by implementing processing equipment and added pedals. “The Blue” is used for the recording of her first album “Innocenti” which she co-produces with Jean-Michel Reusser. Elisabeth is signed by Chris Blackwell’s publishing company Blue Mountain Music, the album is released by Universal UK. In support, she tours the UK and Europe.

She learns advanced recording technologies from Pro-Tools to MaxMSP and uses only processed harp sounds for her commissioned works (fashion shows, theater, documentaries, advertising).

In 2011, Camac asks her to test the first prototype of a Midi Harp. In residency at Ircam + GRM in Paris with this cutting-edge instrument, she produces a contemporary classical music solo album titled “Sacrum’5” which is released by Megadisc Classics.

In the first half of 2020, she co-produces “A Tale” with reknowned English producer, John Reynolds, who defines the album as folk/pop/baroque.

Elisabeth Valletti has been calling Paris, London, and New York home since the 90’s.

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