Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Beginning with the title piece, “Little Red Boat” is guided along by a gently flowing melody and an overall sense of optimism. Much like the rest of the album's compositions, this piece moves along in a constant forward motion, as if allegorically riding an ocean current to wherever it may lead the traveler. Next our attention is turned to “Woman in the Moon”, a nocturnal piece and one of my favorites herein. Quietly contemplative with a classical bent, it conveys an almost mythical quality, as the listener might easily imagine themselves sailing the seas at night while gazing upon the moon and finding reassurance in its company. Also noteworthy is the comparatively more buoyant “The Joy of Ten Knots” wherein a ballet-like melody is set to a gently galloping pace that simultaneously gives the composition a dynamic yet dainty quality. Another one of my favorites is the slightly wistful “Sailing This Sea Alone”. Conveying both a sense of fortitude and solitude, the piece is intriguingly characterized by higher register notes occasionally trickling upon the main melody like raindrops on the ocean. Additionally worth noting is “A Song About Sea Turtles”, which makes for a fitting tribute to one of the most cherished and remarkable sea creatures on the planet. Seemingly illustrative in composition with subtle twists and turns along its course, this delightful tune feels like a musical overview of a sea turtle’s long oceanic journey and graceful determination.
Just as the ocean’s tides and currents flow endlessly, likewise Mary Lydia Ryan’s hands are in constant motion throughout the compositions; her playing style brightly bold yet mellifluously fluid. Seemingly drawn from the personal diary of a lone seafaring adventurer, Little Red Boat conveys emotional reflection perfectly illustrated by nautical metaphors. Furthermore, this album beautifully exemplifies the profound inspiration that one artist’s mode of creative expression can have on that of another’s! ~Candice Michelle
For more information please visit the artist's website. This album is also available at Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and CD Baby.
Friday, January 18, 2019
ARTIST NAME – TRACK TITLE – ALBUM TITLE
The Piano Guys – Epiphany – Timeless
Kerani – Fantasy in White – Small Treasures
Snatam Kaur – Water of Your Love – Beloved
Dulce Joya – Shadows of My Soul – Reality of Dreams
Bluesilhouettes – Crystal Skies – Looking for Utopia
Michael Kollwitz – Cloud Number Eleven – Serenity III
Mary Lydia Ryan – Woman in the Moon – Little Red Boat
Samer Fanek – Newborn – Guide Me
The Haiku Project – Au Revoir les Enfants – Life
Imogen Heap – Burning Bed / A Nice Day – The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Greg Maroney & Sherry Finzer – The Beauty Lies Within – Remembrances
Pangaea Projekt – Time to Dream – Winter, Vol. 4
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
“Valley of Hidden Treasures” introduces the album with a melodic exchange of flute, cello and piano until the piece's collective instruments build into an escalation of cinematic drumming towards the end. Immediately apparent from the onset is the seemingly improvised 'out-of-the-box' structure of this tune and others that follow. Next is “Peach Blossom Spring”, an interesting jazzy lounge composition with a downbeat groove and subtle imbuing of Indian psychedelia. A kaleidoscope of colors seemingly characterizes the equally intriguing “Dance of the Flickering Fire” in the form of whirling xylophone-like timbres and a cycling percussive pattern that feels somewhat circus-like. One of the most introspective pieces on the album is “Solitariety”, a solo piano number that passes through changing moods, as twinkling high notes offset more dramatic lower chords. Following next is the classical-tinged “Glass Flower City” with its graceful symbiosis of cello and piano that are joined at the bridge of the song by cinematic drums. Another notably intriguing piece is the curiously-named “Glass Butterflies” wherein a fanciful flute melody seemingly rides upon a constant stream of percussive bells. And lastly, my favorite piece on the album is perhaps “Take Me to Elysian Fields”, which makes for the perfect ending. Here an amalgamation of crystalline piano, swooshing effects and tribal-like tonal percussion seemingly suggest that a long dreamed-of and fantastical place is finally within the seeker's reach.
Delightfully whimsical and decisively unpredictable, Looking for Utopia could even be described as a kind of experimental lounge music. Consciously genre-defying, the music herein conveys more observation than emotion to my ears, while seemingly encouraging a daydream state within which the listener’s mind is free to wander, explore and discover! ~Candice Michelle
For more information please visit the artist's website. This album is also available at Amazon.
Saturday, January 5, 2019
After having had the pleasure of listening to Nimoh’s latest album entitled Conversations on Piano, it was immediately evident that those inspirational music roots are an integral part of his impressively refined and lovely sound. Comprised of twenty original solo piano compositions spanning almost an hour of simplistic authentic beauty, Conversations on Piano effortlessly weaves elements of jazz, gospel and classical music among its divinely-inspired compositions.
“Anything for You” serves as a beautiful opener with its moderately-paced melody gently played in the mid-range. A defining attribute of Nimoh’s music is the warmly personal and down-to-earth vibe that it conveys, which seems to speak directly to the listener’s inner thoughts and feelings. Although dynamic at times with often unpredictable transitions, Nimoh’s compositions never venture into the ornately bombastic, nor do they convey that of a grand stage performance. Rather, one might envision themselves cozily nestled in an upscale piano lounge or relaxing comfortably by the fireplace at home while listening. Likewise, Nimoh possesses a seemingly natural gift for smoothly transitioning among varying moods and tempos – even within the same composition) – and there’s a subtly improvised quality to his melodies, as they typically avoid following along a narrowly predictable path.
Softer pieces like “Morning Dew” perfectly capture the quiet calm of an early morning mist with its sparser notes perfectly placed among thoughtful pauses throughout. In subtle contrast, Nimoh lends a delicate force to “Conversations”, a bold yet tender composition that stands out as one of the album’s most melodically flowing and memorably engaging. Encouraging song titles such as “Don’t Be Discouraged”, “His Plans are Sure”, “Time for Change”, “Searching for Answers” and “I Am With You” aptly reflect a heavenly guidance that’s undeniably infused in Nimoh’s elegant compositions, which seemingly serve as gentle reminders of faith, hope and fortitude.
Beautifully embodying a supernal essence within its intimately personal compositions, Conversations on Piano is a most-fitting companion for prayer, reflection or relaxation, while simultaneously possessing a revitalizing quality that is sure to lift the spirits and pacify the mind! ~Candice Michelle
For more information please visit the artist's website. This album is also available at Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby and Google Play.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Presented in alphabetical order by artist name.
|Artist Name||Album Title||Record Label|
|2Cellos||Let There Be Cello||Sony Masterworks|
|Acoustic Ocean||Blue Moon Rising||Natural Health Source|
|Al Jewer & Andy Mitran||Perihelion||Laughing Cat Records|
|Andrew Colyer||Christmas Time||Inner Nova Music|
|Ann Licater||Quiet Spaces: Flute Meditations for Mindfulness and Relaxation||Cul de sac Mystic Productions|
|Blue Silhouettes||Looking For Utopia||Blue Silhouettes Music|
|Brenda Warren||Beautiful Journey||Seven Mile Music|
|Brian Crain||Piano and Night||Crain Records, Inc.|
|Charles Denler||Noel||Little River Music|
|David Lindsay||Last Passing of Summer||David Lindsay|
|Dulce Joya||Reality of Dreams||CD Produktion und Vertrieb|
|Hanson||String Theory||Three Car Garage|
|Imogen Heap||The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child||Masterworks Broadway|
|Joseph Nimoh||Conversations on Piano||Joseph Nimoh|
|Karen Biehl||Starlight Dreams||Karen Biehl|
|Kerani||Small Treasures||Kerani Music|
|Libera||Beyond||Invisible Hands Music|
|London Music Works||The Nativity||Silva Screen Records|
|Mary Lydia Ryan||Little Red Boat||Mary Lydia Ryan|
|Michelle Qureshi||Silver Chord||Heart Dance Records|
|Pam Asberry||Thankful Heart, Joyful Mind||Optimistic Flamingo Music|
|Robert Ziegler||Christmas at the Movies||Sony Classical|
|Sangeeta Kaur||Mirrors||Sangeeta Kaur Music|
|Sarah Brightman||Hymn||Decca Gold|
|Snatam Kaur||Beloved||Spirit Voyage Records|
Saturday, December 22, 2018
TIME / ARTIST NAME / TRACK TITLE / ALBUM TITLE
00:00 / Altan / Soillse Na Nollag / Celtic Christmas
04:29 / Thano Sahnas & Lauren Sahnas / Angels We Have Heard on High / Christmas from the Heart
08:20 / Dulce VAS / Silent Night / Christmas Picante
11:59 / Blackmore’s Night / Oh Christmas Tree / Winter Carols
16:52 / David Wahler / Snowflake / Christmas at Home
21:21 / Phoenix Rising / Five Year Christmas / In My Dreams Again
25:18 / Enya / The Spirit of Christmas Past / And Winter Came
29:26 / Michael Kollwitz / Pile of Presents / Pile of Presents (single)
33:05 / Pam Asberry / Sing We Now of Christmas / Thankful Heart, Joyful Mind
38:11 / Moya Brennan / The Wexford Carol / An Irish Christmas
41:44 / Sultans of String / Niel Gow’s Lament/Rakes of Mallow/Rouge River Valley / Christmas Caravan
47:20 / London Music Works / Carol of the Bells (Introduction) / The Nativity
48:55 / Seay / Winter’s Light / A Winter Blessing the Gift
53:57 / Anne Trenning / Do I Hear Christmas / Beautiful Song
Friday, December 21, 2018
We’re delighted to present an audio interview with the band 2002, which is comprised of family trio Randy and Pamela Copus along with their daughter Sarah Copus, who is a more recent addition to the lineup. Often described as ‘neoclassical new age’ music, 2002 integrates Celtic harp, ethereal vocals and cinematic orchestration into their enchanting soundscapes. We’ll be discussing their brand new album entitled A World Away as well as highlight Sarah Copus’ recent debut solo album called Moorland Winds. So please tune-in for some conversation, music and a glimpse into A World Away!
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