Emancipator’s Loci Records imprint has cultivated quite a following since its inception in 2012. Russian-born violinist and longtime Emancipator member, LAPA [Ilya Goldberg] is once again stepping directly into the spotlight with Spirit Vessel, out now on Emancipator’s Loci Records.
Following up on his well-received debut Meeting of the Waters,Spirit Vessel kicked off on January 19th with lead single, “Stoika,” featuring West Coast multi-instrumentalist and singer Random Rab.Recorded over the last year and a half, Spirit Vessel is truly home made, using live instruments – drums and percussion, electric bass, violin, charango, mandolin, vibraphone and synthesizers.
The concept of Spirit Vessel holds special meaning for LAPA. “I believe that every piece of art is in some way a direct reflection of artists inner and outer worlds,” he says. “Spirit Vessel is no exception. I found myself thinking of nature, friends, my dogs, west coast where I live, different cultures around the world, time, meditation, and celebration of life.”
LAPA describes his work as a “musical adventure and experience, that blurs borders and transcends boundaries, illuminating the resonance of universal forces and teleporting people to wild, dream-like places of serenity and connection.” Spirit Vessel, like all his previous solo work, more than lives up to that description and promises even greater delights in the future.