"Silfra, just outside of Reykjavik, marks the divide between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. It is preternaturally still, colored in shades of blue and green not found anywhere else. To snorkel there in a snowstorm is to be suspended in an ancient space, feeling tiny and surrounded in all directions by an unending otherworldly landscape. Silfra feels more like a seam binding two entities than a rift. We recorded this album in Iceland, which was a symbolic location for us between our continents of origin. It was a place to meet in the middle, but not because it combines Europe and America. It has its own character. We felt that we could go anywhere we wanted within the music if we created it in surroundings that would give us the freedom and independence to explore. We prepared for two years. We didn't start out to make a record. Silfra grew out of our efforts to find an integrated musical voice as a duo instead of simply mixing together what we typically do on our own. We met regularly for improvisation sessions. Eventually, we had taken our work as far as we could in rehearsal and it was time to challenge ourselves further, so we went into the studio. We showed up with virtually no pre-planned material but with a clear sense of how we wanted to proceed. We were surprised by how far the process pushed us. Our decision to record in Iceland made a big difference. That country is small, vibrant, and hardy, an environment in which artists are encouraged to follow their creative instincts. We could not have made this particular album anywhere else." (Hauschka & Hilary Hahn)
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