Album Review of "Ambient Highways" by Keith Richie

Few things are as delightful as when a truly remarkable ambient-electronic album crosses my path, and listening to Keith Richie’s “Ambient Highways” is about as sublime as it gets. Visually interpreted by what just may be the coolest album artwork I’ve seen in a while, “Ambient Highways” takes the listener on a fascinating voyage from start to finish. Although not derivative, notable comparisons can be drawn to Tangerine Dream, Christopher Franke, John Carpenter, Vangelis and Carbon Based Lifeforms, all of whom Keith cites as musical influences.

Album Review of "Simply Beautiful Collection II" by Laima Gaizutis

“Simply Beautiful Collection II” is the follow-up to “Simply Beautiful Collection” by pianist and composer, Laima Gaizutis. A Lithuanian native currently living in Houston, Texas, Laima began playing piano at the age of six. Featuring eleven piano ensemble pieces which span forty-two minutes, Laima is joined on various compositions by Lauren Chauvin on violin, Beth A. Wiehe on flute, Buzzy Smith on jazz piano, David Caceras on alto saxophone, Warren Sneed on soprano saxophone, and Gary Wiedon on harmonica.

Album Review of "Dreamwalker" by Pati Pellerito & Mark Holland

“Dreamwalker” is the collaborative effort of Pati Pellerito and Mark Holland, who’ve created one of the most rewarding meditative albums I’ve heard in a while. Recorded in the moment while in the studio, just as they do during live performances, the album serves as a continuous sound healing journey which has been divided into nine tracks, spanning seventy-three minutes total. Pati showcases an array of exotic, mostly Far-Eastern musical instruments, including Tibetan singing bowls, quartz crystal bowls, planet gongs, handmade accent gongs, wind gong, Kaizen drum, Shruthi, Kochi chime, bells and tingshas. Mark plays a variety of Native American style flutes, Bansuri flutes, Anasazi flute and Buffalo Horn flute.

Album Review of "Invisible Vortex" by Jim Ottaway

Jim Ottaway is an electronic music composer from Australia, whose album “Invisible Vortex” was created using an impressive array of electronic music gear and equipment, including several different keyboards and synthesizers. Dedicated in part to the memory of Tangerine Dream founder, Edgar Froese (1944-2015), notable influences of musical styles spanning several decades are evident, in particular, 80s-era European electronic music, 90s-era trance-techno, modern electronica, chill-out and a touch of progressive rock.

Album Review of "Everything In Between" by Jeffrey Seeman

Jeffrey Seeman picked up the guitar at the age of eight, having been influenced by a variety of musical styles growing up and playing in a few bands. His album, “Everything In Between”, was produced by Will Ackerman, co-produced, mixed and mastered by Tom Eaton, and recorded at Imaginary Road studios in Vermont. Jeffrey is joined on this album by a handful of musicians who lend instruments such as cello, violin, viola, saxophone, bass, percussion and Hammond organ to various compositions.

Playlists for March 2016

March 2016 playlists for our weekly one-hour programs

Album Review of "Signature - Synchronicity" by Fiona Joy

“Signature-Synchronicity” is the highly anticipated album by Fiona Joy, an award-winning pianist, composer and vocalist from Australia. Recorded at Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont, the album was produced by Will Ackerman, Tom Eaton (who also mixed the recording) and James Englund. As the sequel to her “Signature-Solo” album, “Signature-Synchronicity” features piano ensemble arrangements of its predecessor’s solo compositions.

Album Review of "Dividing the Darkness" by Steve Rivera

“Dividing the Darkness” is pianist and composer Steve Rivera’s second album, this one having been produced by Windham Hill founder and guitarist Will Ackerman, and recorded at Will’s Imaginary Road Studios. Tom Eaton also co-produced and mastered the album, as well as plays keyboards, percussion, electric guitar and bass on various tracks. In addition to Steve’s dynamic and poised piano playing throughout, he is also joined by other musicians who lend varying instruments to eight of the nine tracks total...

Album Review of "Trialogue" by Sherry Finzer, Darin Mahoney & Will Clipman

“Trialogue” is the collaborative effort of award-wining multi-flutist, Sherry Finzer, guitarist, Darin Mahoney (who plays both self-built koa and cedar guitars), and Grammy-nominated global percussionist, Will Clipman. This proficient and talented musical trio has crafted a diverse album centered on variants of three main instruments, which is mostly evocative of American landscape and the scenic Southwest, although the compositions occasionally traverse along more exotic terrain.

Album Review of Dark Sky Island by Enya

 

Following a seven year hiatus since her 2008 album, And Winter Came, Enya returns with the long-waited, Dark Sky Island, which is named after the island of Sark in the English channel where the absence of light pollution allows for naked-eye astronomy. As if to pick up where she left off twenty years prior, I can honestly say this is easily the best album the beloved Irish singer has put forth since The Memory of Trees. In fact, it’s a rather stunning return to the formulaic sounds and concepts of her most seminal works, Watermark and Shepherd Moons, yet it’s also freshly modern and musically evolved. The many shades of mystique are back, conveying a perfect balance of light and shadow, as are the lush orchestrations, enveloping, cathedral-like atmospheres, and Enya’s ever-captivating multi-layered vocals, each having been recorded separately and then stacked upon another to mimic a choir of hundreds.

 

 

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