"Somewhere In a Hidden Memory" is a very soothing and peaceful collection of fifteen Celtic harp solos by Trine Opsahl. Born in Norway, Opsahl moved to Denmark at the age of six. Her first instrument was the accordion, for which she won national and international prizes in her adolescence. She graduated from law school and became an attorney for the Danish Justice Department. A series of life-changing events occurred that caused Opsahl to explore and practice healing arts. This eventually led her to abandon her career as an attorney to follow her heart's true desire. She acquired her first Celtic harp in 1996 and began composing music on it as soon as her fingers stroked the strings. She established herself as renowned harpist in Europe and released three CDs which were recently released in the US. Opsahl performs in concerts, plays at weddings, festivals, funerals, and local church services; she also enjoys teaching Celtic harp. The work she loves most is playing at the bedside of hospice patients to help facilitate peaceful transitions. Quoting her, "Music has a unique ability to bring silence and rest to a busy mind and to those who suffer from illness and distress." Somewhere In a Hidden Memory is very calming and soothing either in the background or to actively listen to and get lost in.
The album begins with "To a Wild Rose" (an original composition, not the classic by Edward MacDowell), a very gentle but evocative melody played simply and from the heart. "A Star in Heaven is Born Tonight" is a favorite. Very peaceful and full of grace, the harp almost speaks, telling a magical tale of a star's birth. "Sister Moon" has more of a folk feel - a short and very touching piece. "The Light Dances my Love" makes me think of sparks of light "dancing" on water, casting a hypnotic spell. "Ladybirds and Butterflies" paints a lovely portrait of some of nature's gentlest and most endearing winged creatures. The motion of the piece is slow and graceful, making is easy to visualize butterflies flitting from one place to the next - another favorite. I also really like the tender and bittersweet "Love Waltz." "Ripples in Water" picks up the tempo a bit with a rhythmic and sparkling piece that captures the essence of water's gentle movement. The title track is both gorgeous and poignant, speaking truths from the soul - my favorite of the set. "Be my Vision and my Light" ends our lovely journey with something of a hymn or prayer.
"Somewhere in a Hidden Memory" is one of the best harp albums I've heard. Check it out!
-- Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano,

I love this album! I haven't heard anything as peaceful as this since Kim Robertson's first Celtic harp releases in the early '80s. Trine Opsahl's harp play is a therapy for body, mind and soul! A gentle sound bath - meditative and rejuvenating. Inspired by Therese Schroeder-Sheker who reinvented Music & the Art of Dying a practice for people who make the transition to another plane, Trine also plays in hospices in her homeland in Denmark. It is interesting that harp music is thought to be the music of the heavens and that angels play the harp! There must be something in the sound of the harp that is healing, angelic and soothing. Somewhere in a Hidden Memory is highly recommended.
-- Tajalli Moonstar

Trine Opsahl's music is so peaceful and resonant. The Celtic harp is such a glorious instrument. Her original compositions for harp blend one into the other like floating on clouds of different sizes, shapes and textures. To give an idea of the range: the opening track "To a Wild Rose" is wistful and contemplative, while "Crossroads" is like sonic pixie dust & "Ripples in Water" embodies a bubbling brook running briskly. "Brother Sun" and "Somewhere in a Hidden Memory" are lovely melodies that grow gracefully with repeated play. For fans of harp music, this is a delightful disc. Enjoy!
-- Lee Armstrong

Trine Opsahl draws her music from Nordic traditions and uses it as a balm for the soul. She began playing her first Celtic harp in the mid 1990’s and has become a force to be reckoned with in the New Age music community. Known as a composer and harpist in Europe, she had developed what she calls her true purpose in life as a harp therapist, composer and performer. Somewhere in a Hidden Memory is her newest release. It was recorded at Nasima Music in Copenhagen and was produced by Samir Cuhtait.
Listening to this album is like drifting on a sea of consciousness that guides you away from the frenzied pressures of life and living. The first piece that lures you in is “To a Wild Rose.” Like a flower blooming outward in a steady awakening of colors and splendor, this orchestration is short, but you know you are in for a treat for the rest of the album.
The journey continues with “A Star in Heaven Is Born Tonight.” Languid harmonies ease you into the piece, drifting on puffs of air that remind me of fairytales and ships drifting off beneath silvery moons. Gallant pirates bow to bejeweled ladies and gallant knights kneel to damsels in need of their aide. Dragons be gone from here. This song holds other meanings as well. Opsahl’s occupation as a harp therapist offering aid in the hospice field is very visible. One of the finest things in life is to bring comfort to a soul in distress and Opsahl uses her divine gifts to sooth the suffering of those around her. This piece is just one example of an album filled with audible images of peace and tranquility.
“Somewhere In a Hidden Memory” is the title track for this album and with good reason. It is a tapestry of well woven threads that holds the secret to the colors of life and living beyond the tangible. The center is in the soul and that is the place that Opsahl’s music pours from like a fountain of youth and everlasting tranquility.
Bringing my work with me today as I had lunch with friends, they delighted in the soothing compositions of this album and wanted to know more about it. Both are needle work artists who found it relaxing and one friend wanted her grandson, who is undergoing cancer treatments, to listen. I cannot think of a greater compliment than that. The gift of healing in unexpected ways and places is a gift and a blessing.
Opsahl has captured the feeling of eternity in her playing. Drawing on the deepest confines in the soul, she followed her dream to become a harpist, leaving behind her work as an attorney. She is now a part of the IHTP (The International Harp Therapy Program) and uses her gifts to bring others relaxation. Opsahl enjoys her work in the hospice field helping people to transition into new phases of their journey into eternity. If you enjoy blissful harmonies and harp music with a celestial feel, I think you will enjoy this album as much as I did.
-- Dana

The great American mythologist Joseph Campbell once wrote: “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” Such was the case for Norwegian-born harpist Trine Opsahl, who walked away from her career as a lawyer to devote her life to music. After graduating from law school and becoming an attorney for the Justice Department, as well as giving birth to two children, a series of unexpected circumstances led her to re-evaluate her situation and follow a different calling. As she explains: “When life brought many challenges to my doorstep, playing Celtic harp became an ever-expanding opportunity for my personal development. I intuitively knew that I had embarked on my true purpose in life.”
Born in Norway and moving to Denmark when she was six years old, music was always an important part of Trine’s life and as a youngster, she won a number of national and international awards for playing the accordion. However, the harp always held a fascination for her and in 1996 she acquired her first Celtic harp. She took to it naturally and began composing her own music on it. Since that time Trine has recorded three albums and performed in a variety of venues. However it is the healing power of music that inspires her most: “Creating and playing our own music is like a prayer. The music creates a sacred space that brings us closer to who we are and to each other.”
Trine was deeply influenced by the work of music thanatologist, Therese Schroeder Sheker. Music thanatology is: “a musical/ clinical modality that unites music and medicine in end of life care. Fundamental to music thanatology is an underlying recognition that the experience of dying is a sacred, spiritual process within which exists the possibility for a peaceful death. Central to the field itself is the healing potential of sound and the intention of deepest respect in music played prescriptively. The music thanatologist utilizes harp and voice in a vigil setting, to lovingly serve the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the dying and their loved ones with prescriptive music.” Although Trine performs at various concerts and events, as well as teaching Celtic harp, playing at the bedside of hospice patients is most near and dear to her heart. She was educated under the International Harp Therapy Program and officially became a Therapeutic Musician, who devotes part of her time to doing this work in two different Hospices in the Copenhagen area, in addition to hospitals and rest homes. She is also an advocate for healing music and harp therapy within the health care system of Denmark. As she explains: “The harp, with its soothing timbre and spiritual associations, has been revered as a healing instrument by many cultures for thousands of years.” Along with her music, she also incorporates holistic breathing practices.
Trine’s latest CD, Somewhere In A Hidden Memory, is steeped in her Nordic roots, while combining the transcendental qualities of new age music as well. The album contains 15 tracks, with a number of them being in the one to two minute-range in the first half of the CD. They created a feel almost like an interlude or motif within a composition, and I enjoyed the arrangement of the shorter and longer pieces. As I listened to the opening tune, “ To A Wild Rose,” literally within a few seconds I began to feel a sense of peace and relaxation as my whole mind and body became attuned to the vibrations of the harp strings. Trine speaks from experience when she says: “Music has a unique ability to bring silence and rest to a busy mind and to those who suffer from illness and distress.” And I agree that the harp in particular, is one of the foremost musical vehicles for healing energy, especially when the intention of the musician is focused. According to Trine: “While playing the Celtic harp, I travel through a place of immense beauty and silence.”
On the appropriately named “A Star In Heaven Is Born Tonight,” the plucked notes twinkle like celestial lights in the darkness and evoke an image of looking up at the vastness of the night sky. For me, a song entitled “Crossroads” elicited a sense of trying to decide which path to follow. This was perhaps inspired by Trine’s own times of challenge and change that led her to pursue her passion in life. Trine’s music has been licensed for commercials in Europe, and while listening to “Brother Sun” I sensed a cinematic quality, and thought that it would make an excellent soundtrack. Another example is “Love Waltz” with its romantic grandeur that sweeps you along in its dance, and shows what an emotionally evocative instrument the harp can be. Of course it is Trine’s dedication and experience as a musician and composer that is the wind in the sails of the instrument. One of my favorite songs was the title track, which created a wistful dream-like ambience that evoked rich visual imagery listening with eyes closed.
Trine has produced an enchanting album that reflects the diverse facets of the human experience – from light and playful, to tranquil and ruminative. Being able to use her gifts to help people on such a personal level is a sure sign that she has indeed, chosen the right direction for her life. In Trine’s words: “Music has always brought me so much comfort, freedom, and joy. It has lifted me up to a higher level of existence and brought me a glimpse of eternity – this is what music can do for all of us, if we just listen carefully, if we just let the music into our hearts.”
-- Michael Diamond, Music and Media Focus,

Иногда вместо веселой компании нам нужно уединение. Иногда впереди, на дороге жизни, нас ждут потери. Иногда…бывает все не совсем так, как этого хочется. В такие моменты нужно собраться, пережить их и начать все заново, но иногда нужно и просто побыть одному, не отказываясь, однако, от любой помощи. И часто таким помощником становится музыка, которая не подвигнет нас на подвиги или кардинальные перемены, она просто создаст комфортное пространство и поможет на время обрести душевный покой, утихомирив бой потерь и поражений.
Как человек, переслушавший сотни дисков с народной и целебной музыкой, я часто задавал себе вопрос – почему я постоянно вижу и слышу последствия этого тандема «женщина и арфа»? Теперь, кажется, я смогу дать ответ, и поможет мне в этом исполнительница из Дании Трин Опсаль, со своим новым альбомом «Somewhere in a Hidden Memory». Как раз в этой самой скрытой памяти ответ вполне очевиден: что-то, безусловно, женское, есть в звучании арфы, что-то, что заложено еще во времена древних Богинь, избравших этот инструмент в противовес более суровым и громогласным мужским инструментам. И это женское начало пробуждается, когда струн касаются женские пальцы, происходит обмен энергиями, которые образуют мощный поток, направленный к слушателю. Ирландская арфа – инструмент с очень уютным и богатым звучанием, которое идеально подходит для сопровождения долгих северных сказаний, для богатых на изумрудный цвет пасторальных пейзажей, или же для медитативных, глубоких состояний, в которых порой разрушенные бедой и горем кусочки разбитой души собираются в единое целое. Думаю, Трин знает, о чем это я, т.к. ее музыку часто можно услышать как в хосписе, так и на сеансах психоаналитика. Впрочем, пожалуйста, не фиксируйте внимание на этом и не создавайте предвзятое отношение к «Somewhere in a Hidden Memory». Когда у вас все хорошо, но душа просто хочет отдыха и покоя, эта музыка совершенно точно вам понравится. Комфортные авторские мелодии Трин, сыгранные только на арфе, без дополнительного аккомпанемента, навевают приятное, расслабленное состояние, заставляют вспомнить о чем-то солнечном и хорошем, а их тонкая связь с древними историями и музыкой кельтов и друидов поможет восстановить духовный контакт с забытыми, архаичными фрагментами родовой памяти. Ровное звучание альбома и волны женской энергии помогут провести время в приятной компании, направят мысли в нужное русло и, как знать, станут тем позитивным стимулом, который сможет изменить вашу жизнь, аккуратно избежав проблем и негативных эмоций.
-- Sergei Oreshkin, Ascentor,

Niels Horskjær создал видео на трек Trine Opsahl Somewhere in a Hidden Memory из одноименного альбома. Прекрасное и задумчивое звучание, проникновенная игра, природные зарисовки и естественный звук — все это лишь отдельные части богатого мира Trine Opsahl. Взятое изнутри впечатление продолжает жить своей независимой жизнью снаружи. Лицо арфистки озаряет свет и улыбка, и это значит, что сами высшие силы помогают Trine во время ее игры.
Niels Horskjær created a video for the Trine Opsahl track named Somewhere in a Hidden Memory from the same album. Lovely and thoughtful melodies, nature sketches and pure sound - there are just some parts of the rich world of Trine Opsahl. Internal impressions continue living with their independent lives outside. Light and smile are on the musician face so that means that God helps Trine during her playing.
-- Antony Krakhmalnik,,

El arpa celta en todo su esplendor, así nos muestra la compositora y arpista noruega, Trine Opsahl, su instrumento. Un álbum que toma forma con quince tracks solistas de carácter apacible y dulce; una combinación perfecta para aliviar nuestros pensamientos y vislumbrar un escenario verde, donde la paz es la auténtica protagonista.
La pieza más hermosa de álbum es la que precisamente lo presenta, “To a Wild Rose”. Una música entrañable y cariñosa que nace de unos dedos llenos de afecto. La pasión es quebradiza y el sentimiento mayúsculo en esta pieza, donde imaginar a la artista interpretar la pieza aporta un momento de inmensurable paz.
Una canción de cuna es “A Star in Heaven is Born Tonight”, otra de las grandes composiciones de este álbum. Poseedora de un estribillo y una combinación de notas realmente interesantes, Opsahl acude a las más altas para ofrecer a la pieza un toque de fragilidad y ternura. Es hermosa, es emocionante, sincera. Cautivadora melodía.
“Sister Moon” es de un tono más serio y apagado que las dos pistas anteriores. “Sister Moon” sí recuerda a grandes piezas celtas, donde la melancolía nacía de melodías celtas en bandas Europeas. Es breve, pero fascinante!.
“Morning Mist and the Breathing of Evening” es la música perfecta para presenciar un hermoso amanecer. Ver como el sol surge en el horizonte, mientras las flores son mecidas por el paso de la brisa. El toque continuado y repetido de algunas notas ofrece un toque de misterio a la composición, es la música para el fresco nacimiento de un nuevo día.
Al igual que “Sister Moon”, “Crossroads” es una de las piezas más celtas del álbum por su carácter apagado y buena combinación entre silencios, notas altasy bajas. Pasa algo desapercibida, ya que es una pieza que carece de la fuerza melódica de las piezas anteriores, pero su poder relajante es excelente. Una composición perfecta para conseguir el mejor de los descansos.
“The Light Dances my Love”, “Brother Sun”, “Ladybirds and Butterflies” y “My Way up High” forman un conjunto fantástico, radiante y lleno de luz. Entre algunas notas apagadas, siempre resurge una melodía atractiva y cariñosa. Son hermosas, casi inapreciable el fin y el comienzo de la pieza que sigue.
Otra de las grandes composiciones que podemos encontrar en Somewhere In A Hidden Memory es “Love Waltz”. Un baile de cuerdas y acordes con un sentimiento agridulce, donde nacen notas optimistas y en algunas ocasiones, algo más apagadas. “Love Waltz” es, junto a las dos primeras piezas del álbum, otra a tener en cuenta en este CD.
“True Thomas” es melancólica, donde el arpa juega con los silencios en una melodía profunda y contemplativa. “True Thomas” es otra de mis preferidas, una música que consigue que en el oyente despierte un sentimiento de abatimiento y tristeza. Me gusta esta composición.
“Ripples in Water” es repetitiva, desconcertante con su peculiar repetir de notas. Es una de las composiciones que mantienen al oyente en continua tensión.
Aparece la pieza que da título al álbum, “Somewhere in a Hidden Memory”. Una pieza introspectiva, algo nostálgica. Las cuerdas del alpa dan voz al sentimiento que fluye por los dedos de la artista. Una melodía apagada que deja un desconcierto en lo profundo del oyente.
Interesante el cambio que hace Trine en “The Space Between the Fish and the Moon”, un toque muy oriental en su melodía. La belleza de la variedad reside en su música, todas las notas, los acordes surgen sin seguir un patrón establecido, pero juntos consiguen dar vida a una música inspiradora y cordial.
Un final plácido para el álbum con “Be my Vision and my Light”. Una pieza que invita a soñar, a descansar, donde la artista nuevamente juega con el silencio para ofrecer a su track un encanto único.
Somewhere In A Hidden Memory posee un poder curativo en contra del stress que es difícil de explicar. El sonido cristalino y brillante del arpa, unido a unas hermosas composiciones, capturan nuestro interés con gran fuerza. Somewhere In A Hidden Memory es el escape hacia lo deseable en un mundo loco donde no damos importancia a nuestro tiempo y la compositora y arpista Trine Opsahl nos regala ese tiempo para que lo podamos disfrutar!. Somewhere In A Hidden Memory es un álbum recomendado para realizar ejercicios de relajación, o simplemente, para escaparnos en nuestros propios sueños.
-- Alejandro Clavio, Reviews Newage,