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.

Playlists for March 2016

March 2016 playlists for our weekly one-hour programs

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.

 

 

Album Review of Urban Metta, Vol. 1 by Anaamaly


Urban Metta, Vol. 1, is the debut album by Anaamaly (pronounced “uh-nom-uh-lee), the alias of electronic music composer Phil Strickland. Featuring eleven tracks that are titled after different affirmations, it is a deeply relaxing electronic album with many organic elements. Peaceful, subtle melodies drift in and out over a bed of droning bass lines, washes of synths, and many unidentifiable or muted sounds throughout that seem to mimic nature.



Album Review of Celtic Fairy Lullaby by 2002


Celtic Fairy Lullaby is the follow-up to 2002’s landmark album Trail of Dreams, and once again showcases the angelic voice of Sarah Copus (daughter of 2002 husband and wife team Randy and Pamela Copus). While many listeners could easily mistake this for Enya, 2002 have their own signature sound, although similarities to the Irish singer are probably more pronounced than ever given the Celtic bent of this album, with lyrics sung in Gaelic, Welsh and English. Pure magnificent beauty seems to be the primary objective of 2002’s music, for every track on the album sparkles and shines. A pristine arrangement of both electronic and acoustic instruments is present here, with Randy on keyboards, piano, bass and guitar, and Pamela on flute and harp. Sarah provides both lead and back-up vocals as well as additional harp.

 

Playlists for February 2016

February 2016 playlists for our weekly one-hour programs

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