Fralalai (Francesca Lai) is an Italian harp player and singer-songwriter based in Amsterdam.
Her music is infuse with dreamy Celtic atmospheres, as well as with the emotional intensity of Mediterranean and Middle eastern tones.
She sings in a variety of languages, including what she calls "channeled languages": abstract words that she uses in an evocative way.
Her solo repertoire includes her original songs mainly performed with Celtic harp and voice (and with other instruments such as lyre and frame drum). Fralalai, inspired by ancient legends, mysticism and Nature, defines herself as a Neo-ancient Bardess who's mission is to create a heartfull expereince through music and to connect our modern times with the wisdom of the ancient worlds.
Her performances lead to enchanted inner journeys, which allow you to reconnect with your emotions and with nature, and to celebrate your soul.
MY CREATIVE MISSION - "Free your Enchanted Life"
Like a traveler on a flying carpet, I move between real and imaginary worlds: I invoke muses and mermaids, stars and angels, to receive inspiration; I listen to the echoes of the green hills and of the dark caves, to the silence of the stones and to the songs of the birds, and suffuse my music with their spirit.
Through the shimmering strings of the harp, the earthy depth of the drum, and the angelic and deep sounds of my voice, I serve to reconnect us with our heart and sensitivity, and to awake what is magical, mysterious and profound in our essence, allowing it to shine.
I sing in voices of known and unknown lands and in evocative words that flow into me, to create a universal language which communicates to the heart, above all.
I’m inspired by those myths and traditions which tell of iconic Bards and Gods who used the power of music and words to heal, transform, and connect us with our divine dimensions. My music serves as a bridge that connects the values of these ancient worlds with our modern times.
We live now in an ever growing materialistic world, which buries our free spirit and in which we are disconnected from each other’s shared essence and from Nature itself. Through my creative endeavors, I wish to mobilize authenticity and empathy, restoring the spiritual values in our modern societies.
Free your enchanted life !
THE MEANING OF "Fralalai"
My artist name "Fralalai" is a combination of my name and my family name (Francesca Lai) who's meanings and origins carry symbolic values which I want to honour through my art
-it comes from "franca": it means "free woman" (The "franchi" ,free folks, were
Celtic tribes who resisted the Roman's invasions)
-Medieval love and fantastic poems with supernatural and fairy-world Celtic motifs, accompained by music.
-Lament, poem, song, emotional expression,
-Word of celtic (irish and breton) origins meaning "song"
My logo is inspired by the ancient carvings from the Menhirs of Laconi (Sardinia) where my father's family come from. I interpret this mysterious shape as a winged figure, and as a symbol for divine inspiration. I added the "f" of my name mirrored, to form the shape of a stringed instrument resembling the harp.