Grace features Ilia Mazia playing a Duduk. Ilia is an artist in Jerusalem and I’m very grateful to have gotten his contribution. Ilia is excited to share this piece of his culture with the world.
“The duduk, the Armenian oboe, is a double-reed wind instrument characterized by a warm, soft, slightly nasal timbre. It belongs to the category of aerophones.”
Grace was released on Good Friday to honor what Easter actually represents. From my Global exposure as a kid, I wanted to develop a musical identity that is culturally diverse with international appeal. I wanted to use the duduk to give GRACE an atmosphere of inspiration and serenity through an instrument authentic to the time.
The inspiration for the lyrics of GRACE was a beautiful writing from St. Bernard of Clairvaux about the Un-payable Debt (the original title of the song) we owe God. A debt, not just for “preparing for us a place,” but for our Creation and our Re-Creation that saves us from ourselves and gives us Entrance into that place. Below is his quote.