Alesa Lajana

Alesa Lajana

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With an ABC Classics Record Deal under her belt, Alesa Lajana is a guitarist, singer & composer of remarkable talent. She blends intricate guitar skills with soaring vocals, enchanting audiences with her original compositions & the traditional music of Scotland, Ireland & Eastern Europe.

Biography

Alesa Lajana is guitarist, singer and composer of remarkable talent. Aside from her instrumental work, she blends her intricate guitar skills with soaring vocals, enchanting audiences with her original compositions and the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland and Eastern Europe. She has performed at many festivals around Australia including the Woodford, National, Yungaburra and Port Fairy Folk Festivals. Alesa has composed music for short films such as “Aeroplane Dreaming” directed by Tristan Pemberton, and has appeared in concerts with Scottish guitar virtuoso Tony McManus, Jeff Lang and ABC Radio National Presenter Lucky Oceans to name but a few. Recently her latest album 'Celtic Gypsy' was released through ABC Classics.

Alesa grew up in Southern Queensland Australia and from an early age, she showed promise in Visual Art, Dance and Music. At 16 she took up guitar, inspired by some of the outstanding performers she had witnessed at Folk Music Festivals in Australia. She was later one of 3 people in Australia accepted into the prestigious Bachelor of Classical Guitar course at the Victorian College of Art, under the direction of Antony Field.

Alesa has been influenced by a wide range of musical genres, ranging from Bob Dylan to Augustin Barrios. Her enthusiasm for music was sparked after listening to folk artists such as Bela Fleck, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lang, Lunasa, Tony McManus and Ani Difranco. This led her to explore the traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Eastern Europe and Spain, as well as Jazz and Bluegrass. She has a deep love of both Western and Indian Classical music. Her greatest inspirations to date are artists such as John McLaughlin, L. Shankar, Dusan Bogdanovich, John Coltrane, Mark O’Conner, Edgar Meyer and Yo Yo Ma.

Today, Alesa enjoys playing in a wide range of concert scenarios both in Australia and overseas. She works extensively in the arts industry not just as a performing artist, but also manages the infamous Shenzo’s Electric Stunt Orchestra, as well as performing with world class violinist Shenton Gregory.

Lyrics

Nesta's Lullaby

Written By: Alesa Lajana

The Lyrics are sung in German. This is the English translation:

"In the belly of the caravan there sleeps a child,
He dreams deeply of becoming a Prince,
The moon brings him silver,
Through his little window,
My child,
Dream deep.

One thousand years in your sights,
Like the night so quickly gone,
As short as the clock,
That brings the night to it's end,
My child,
Dream deep."

Copyright Alesa Lajana

First Star

Written By: Alesa Lajana

Lyrics are sung in German. The English translation is:

"Sun don't beam so proudly,
My sadness runs deep,
My heart is so raw,
My love so far away,
Oh first star in the sky,
fulfill me my wish.

I dream every night of your eyes,
As black as sweet dark chocolate,
but every morning I awake alone,
First star why must it always be so?

Sun don't beam so proudly,
My sadness runs deep,
My heart is so raw,
My love so far away,
Oh first star in the sky,
fulfill me my wish."

Copyright Alesa Lajana

Discography

'Ceol Si' (Independent Release)
'Home Calling' (Independent Release)
'Celtic Gypsy' (ABC Classics)

Set List

Alesa Lajana can perform a solo concert up to an hour.

1. O'Carolan's Welcome/Dr. Gilberts (trad. arr. A. Lajana)

2. Blue Light and Red Roses (composed A. Lajana)

3. Heaven Rising/The Kerry Reel (composed A. Lajana/ trad. arr. A. Lajana)

4. Secret Garden (composed A. Lajana)

5. The Owl, The Fairy & the Grasshopper (composed A. Lajana)

6. Work Song (N. Adderly, arr. A. Lajana)

7. The Notnehs Monster (composed A. Lajana)

8. Si Beag Si Mor (O’Carolan, arr. A. Lajana)

9. Ceol Si/Banish Misfortune/The Twins (A. Lajana / trad. arr. A. Lajana / J. Earp)

10. The Breizh/The Seagull (F. Morrison / D. MacLeod)