KIM & SYMPATHIA
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Kim Gravelle is a Canadian musician who is the creator of her own instrument, the Sympathia.
This is a bass flute with sympathetic strings which create a natural subtle echo effect. The strings can also be played directly. The result is a highly unique instrument. There is no other like it in the world.
The sound of this instrument is earthy and rich.
Gravelle's playing style is to create landscapes of sound which can be meditative or wild, depending on the circumstance.
In addition, she makes a great deal of use of vocalizations, further augmenting the tonal palette.
The Sympathia is also completely chromatic, allowing for all the melodiousness of any western instrument, yet it's focus is on sound and the variations of timbre.
Kim also plays and makes other instruments but flutes have become her instruments of choice because of their ability to taper a sound out into nothingness, or bring sound into existance from complete silence...and for the use of breath, which is so much like the wind.