Fotos: Brian Tomczyk, Niels Horskjær and Michael Opsahl

Dana Wright –

Trine Opsahl draws her music from Nordic traditions and uses it as a balm for the soul. She began playing her first Celtic harp in the mid 1990’s and has become a force to be reckoned with in the New Age music community. Known as a composer and harpist in Europe, she had developed what she calls her true purpose in life as a harp therapist, composer and performer. Somewhere in a Hidden Memory is her newest release. It was recorded at Nasima Music in Copenhagen and was produced by Samir Cuhtait.
Listening to this album is like drifting on a sea of consciousness that guides you away from the frenzied pressures of life and living. The first piece that lures you in is “To a Wild Rose.” Like a flower blooming outward in a steady awakening of colors and splendor, this orchestration is short, but you know you are in for a treat for the rest of the album.
The journey continues with “A Star in Heaven Is Born Tonight.” Languid harmonies ease you into the piece, drifting on puffs of air that remind me of fairytales and ships drifting off beneath silvery moons. Gallant pirates bow to bejeweled ladies and gallant knights kneel to damsels in need of their aide. Dragons be gone from here. This song holds other meanings as well. Opsahl’s occupation as a harp therapist offering aid in the hospice field is very visible. One of the finest things in life is to bring comfort to a soul in distress and Opsahl uses her divine gifts to sooth the suffering of those around her. This piece is just one example of an album filled with audible images of peace and tranquility.
“Somewhere In a Hidden Memory” is the title track for this album and with good reason. It is a tapestry of well woven threads that holds the secret to the colors of life and living beyond the tangible. The center is in the soul and that is the place that Opsahl’s music pours from like a fountain of youth and everlasting tranquility.
Bringing my work with me today as I had lunch with friends, they delighted in the soothing compositions of this album and wanted to know more about it. Both are needle work artists who found it relaxing and one friend wanted her grandson, who is undergoing cancer treatments, to listen. I cannot think of a greater compliment than that. The gift of healing in unexpected ways and places is a gift and a blessing.
Opsahl has captured the feeling of eternity in her playing. Drawing on the deepest confines in the soul, she followed her dream to become a harpist, leaving behind her work as an attorney. She is now a part of the IHTP (The International Harp Therapy Program) and uses her gifts to bring others relaxation. Opsahl enjoys her work in the hospice field helping people to transition into new phases of their journey into eternity. If you enjoy blissful harmonies and harp music with a celestial feel, I think you will enjoy this album as much as I did.