By Chris Gardner
Viriditas, the debut album from NYC based composer/guitarist Charlie Rauh, takes its name from a word favored by the 12th century mystic Hildegard Von Bingen. Throughout Hildegard’s prolific writing and musical compositions, the term, which translates from Latin literally to greenness, is used to exemplify renewal and divine grace as evident in the world’s natural surroundings. The record pays tribute to people and places that continue to inspire a renewing sense of gratefulness.
The album consists of 8 original solo guitar pieces, and was recorded at Le Feuil, a farm in the south of France owned by fellow composer and collaborator Sasha Zamler-Carhart.Viriditas was recorded in a single 45 minute session with the goal of simplifying the approach to creating a record consisting of a solitary guitar. Renowned engineer Andrea Friggi wanted to capture Charlie’s guitar with immediacy, and vulnerability, and that he did. On Viriditas, Charlie’s soft guitar drifts through your mind like a dream that takes you to places full of lush greenness. So put on your headphones, hit play, and get ready to drift away.