Hania Rani will release a stunning personal rendition of ‘Silent Night’on digital and streaming platforms on Friday December 18th
In Hania’s own words:
“The track was inspired by one of the most famous carols in the world – “Stille Nacht” composed and performed originally in 1818 in Salzburg in Austria during Christmas Eve. I composed this track when working on music to a theatre play “Nora” based on a drama written by Norwegian writer – Henrik Ibsen. The story takes place around Christmas, but instead of moments of joy, the characters are accompanied by tension, loneliness and lack of understanding.
I improvised a song that could accompany those bitter moments happening during one of the most wonderful days of the year. My improvisation is mixed with different feelings – peace and quietness stand near by sadness and solitude. I played this piece only once and the recording includes an original, uncut performance of my improvisation. Although the famous theme of the song appears in my interpretation in a minor key I found this tune calming, swinging silently from the beginning till the end of the piece.”
Her follow-up sophomore album, the expansive, cinematic, ‘Home’, was released on May 15th 2020 and finds Rani expanding her palate: adding vocals and subtle electronics to her music as well as being accompanied by bassist Ziemowit Klimek and drummer Wojtek Warmijak. The album reunites her with recording engineers, Piotr Wieczorek and Ignacy Gruszecki and the tracks were again mixed again by Gijs van Klooster in his studio in Amsterdam and by Piotr Wieczorek in Warsaw. ‘Home’, before being mastered by Zino Mikorey in Berlin (known for his work on albums by artists such as Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnalds). The album earned Rani another notable accolade of ‘Best Composer’, a further acknowledgement from Fryderyk with Rough Trade including it in their essential ‘Albums of the Year’.