It may be my age, but those moments when a piece of music really hits me in the solar plexus seem to get rarer and rarer. But during my recent extended travels in India I was metaphorically punched time and time again when listening to ECM's Codona recordings on headphones. Recent posts have touched on the potential of virtual concert halls and the fact that no one mixes for speakers these days , and the Manfred Eicher produced Codona sessions from between 1978 and 1982 really demonstrate the impact of the up close and personal sound of headphones . The line up for Codona was African-American trumpeter Don Cherry, Brazilian percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, and Colin Walcott on sitar, tabla, hammered dulcimer, sanza, timpani, and voice. The band took its name from a circus trapeze act of the early 20th century called the Flying Codonas , and the three albums packaged by ECM for CD as The Codona Trilogy capture the peerless musicians-beyond-frontiers performing their creative hig
But I'm afraid it is not St. Theresa. She was busy with rehearsals when the photo was taken.
Yes, the mystery lady was Arianna Stassinopoulos, now Arianna Huffington.
She was an item with Bernard Levin for quite a while, and John Tavener dated her sister Agape.
For completeness the other party people, from left to right, are Michael Hastings, Angela Huth, Josceline Dimblebey and Gaia Servadio,