Album Review of Journeyman by Crystalline Dream

 

Journeyman is the follow-up release to Treshold from Crystalline Dream, where multi-instrumentalist Richard Ross provides a diverse array of keyboards, synthesizers, flutes and percussion. His talents are once again complimented by the acoustic and electric guitar contributions of Korey Ross, as well as those of Peter Phippen, who plays both Shakuhachi and Native American flutes. The sonic palette of this album is bolder and a bit more nocturnal than its predecessor, as the trio creates blissfully meditative soundscapes throughout the ten compositions on this forty-eight minute sojourn.

 

 

Album Review of Threshold by Crystalline Dream


Threshold is the debut album from Crystalline Dream, a meditative musical project by multi-instrumentalist Richard Ross. Comprised of eleven tracks spanning fifty minutes, Richard provides an array of flutes, chimes, gongs, Tibetan prayer bells, piano and synthesizer, as well as percussive instruments. Musician Korey Ross also lends touches of both acoustic and electric guitars.

 

Playlists for June 2016

June 2016 playlists for our weekly one-hour programs

Album Review of “The Wisdom of My Shadow” by Lisa Downing

Gifted pianist and composer Lisa Downing’s fourth release is aptly titled “The Wisdom of My Shadow”, which alludes to the shadow-self of Jungian psychology. Additionally, a feminine theme of mystery and receptivity is further illustrated by the cover artwork of Susan Seddon-Boulet, which depicts the ancient Babylonian creator goddess “Ishtar”. Comprised of ten original compositions including two collaborative pieces, plus four cover songs, a short background story is included for each of the tracks detailing their deeply personal and interpretive meanings for Lisa, from which greater depth and insight can be gleaned.

Album Review of "In the Midst of Stars" by Majestica

“In the Midst of Stars” is the collaborative effort of Arizona-based flutist Sherry Finzer and multi-instrumentalist Cass Anawaty, both award-winning composers who’ve released their joint debut under the name ‘Majestica’. Incorporating elements from various musical genres, the duo create an eclectic blend of acoustic and electronic instrumental compositions on this essentially chill-style album.

Album Review of From the Depths by David Clavijo

 

From the Depths is the follow-up recording to The Landing by composer and multi-instrumentalist David Clavijo, who was born in Andalusia, Spain. Inspired by a trip to the nearby Balaeric island of Ibiza, which is renowned for its distinctive brand of chillout and electronic music, David’s influences also include artists such as Mike Oldfield, Enigma, Vangelis, Brian Eno and Jean Michel Jarre.

 

 

Album Review of "Rendezvous in Paris" by Lena Natalia

Lena Natalia is a Chicago-based pianist and composer whose album, “Rendezvous in Paris”, is the follow-up to her debut release, “Sundays in Paris”. Classically trained since the age of four, she has stayed true to her classical roots, crafting original piano compositions within a more minimalist framework, also explored by the likes of Ludovico Einaudi, Nils Frahm and Philip Glass. Inspired by her time living in Paris before returning to the United States, the twelve compositions on “Rendezvous in Paris” are energetically imbued with a French mystique.

Album Review of "Follow the River Home" by Jeff Pearce


Follow the River Home is the highly anticipated follow-up to the award-winning album With Evening Above by Indiana-based ambient guitarist, Jeff Pearce. Mastered by Tom Eaton for Imaginary Road studios, the album is comprised entirely of electric guitars that often resemble a surround-sound of both guitars and synthesizers resonating throughout a cathedral.



Album Review of "Legends" by Sequential Dreams

“Legends” is the seventh album from Sequential Dreams, an electronic musical project by Kuutana who has also released more ambient solo works, as well as a chillout musical project titled Sundown Café. Also contributing to this album is ex-Tangerine Dream guitarist Bernhard Beibl on guitar and violin, as well as Ryo Utasato on synthesizer-arrangements, with piano contributions by Kori Linae Carothers on a couple of tracks. Comprised of eleven compositions spanning nearly eighty minutes total, “Legends” takes the listener on a thematic musical excursion inspired by individual tales.

Playlists for May 2106

 

May 2016 playlists for our weekly one-hour programs



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