Playlists for March 2018

 

March 2018 Playlists for our weekly one-hour themed broadcasts 

 

Album Review of Songs from the Wounded Heart by Keith Richie


Texas-based electronic music composer Keith Richie creates beautifully cinematic ambient and melodic space music that is often inspired by sci-fi movie themes, including classic film scores composed by legendary artists like John Carpenter, Vangelis and Tangerine Dream. Having initially been introduced to Richie’s mesmerizing world of music via his 2015 album Ambient Highways, I’ve enthusiastically monitored his continually evolving music career ever since. Comprised of eleven beautiful compositions, Songs from the Wounded Heart was inspired by moods and motifs of sorrow and mournfulness – featuring both new compositions as well as those compiled from previous albums.



Concert review of Steve Roach at the Galactic Center in Tucson, AZ

 


A weekend excursion in Arizona with flutist Sherry Finzer, where we visited harpist Peter Sterling in Sedona, percussionist Byron Metcalf and vocalist Jennifer Grais in Prescott, and then finally, set-off to Tucson for an exhilarating concert performance by Steve Roach. Video highlights included along with a selection of 10 of my favorite essential Steve Roach albums!

 

Playlists for February 2018


February 2018 playlists for our weekly one-hour themed broadcasts.

Album Review of They Were Here by Byron Metcalf & Jennifer Grais


Byron Metcalf is a master world-percussionist whose music I’ve enjoyed immensely for many years. On They Were Here, he teams up with fellow shamanic practitioner and vocalist, Jennifer Grais, with whom Byron first recorded and performed, in collaboration with Steve Roach on his 2004 album Fever Dreams II. Comprised of seven compositions spanning a little over an hour, They Were Here explores the bonds that have long existed between horses and humans – paying musical homage “to the eternal spirit and mystical healing abilities of these treasured (but quickly disappearing) icons”. Like the very nature of these beautiful creatures that inspired it, the album’s musical essence is elegant, mysterious and powerful – as fervent trance-shamanic drumming melds with atmospheric textures and the often-sound of horses running wild. Jennifer’s resounding voice possesses a gothic-tribal quality that's stylistically similar to Lisa Gerrard – with her expressively soulful wordless singing and seemingly extempore ecstatic chanting serving as the perfect complement to these deeply immersive, organic-electronic soundscapes.

 

One Grammy To Rule Them All (plus 15 Grammyless “new age” artists who’ve had huge success)

The Super Blue Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse!


On Wednesday, January 31st, we’ll be simultaneously treated to a Supermoon, Blue Moon and Total Blood Moon Eclipse! So naturally of course, what better music to pair up with such a fascinating and rare celestial event that hasn’t occurred in 152 years than something primal, ominous and hypnotically otherworldly? Well I’ve got the perfect soundtrack to recommend for watching the event unfold!

 



Playlists for January 2018

 

January 2018 playlists for our weekly one-hour themed broadcasts.

 

Album Review of Let There Be Light by Tom Moore & Sherry Finzer

 

Let There Be Light is the second collaborative release by multi-instrumentalist Tom Moore and international flutist Sherry Finzer. Continuing along the musical path of their phenomenal debut album entitled Whispers from Silence, the talented pair create sublime ethno-ambient passages on their fantastic follow-up release. Comprised of nine compositions spanning fifty-five minutes, Let There Be Light is a sonic exploration of nature’s most omnipresent element, as the duo weave electronic and organic instrumentation into a musical mandala of seemingly Zen-like mysticism and transcendent tranquility. Despite the album’s title, the pair elegantly contrast the light with shadow by blending in darker shades of mystery throughout – thereby imparting a perfectly balanced semblance of yin and yang.

 

 

Album Review of 2440 Millennial by Renascence

2440 Millennial is the second volume of a project called Music Uniquely Yours by Texas-based composer Tony Clark and released under the project name of Renascence. Conceived with the intention of inviting the listener on a peaceful, relaxing journey, the album’s title was inspired by the Millennial generation – particularly one individual named Juha – to whom this album is dedicated. Composed on electronic keyboard and synthesizer, the approximately 40-minute album is comprised of four immersive soundscapes that traverse ambient, minimal and experimental space music terrain.

 

 

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