An hour of flowing melodies to bathe you in dreamy relaxation. Koch's piano compositions, enriched with flute, guitar and soft percussion, open the window to a peaceful, healing breeze.
Fueled by reflective dreaminess and soft, emotive piano melodies, Koch creates tapestries of soft instrumentation and lilting melody lines. Serene music for relaxation and quiet times.” —Music Design
According to a wise old parable, a gentle breeze is more welcome than a mighty storm. So it is with Koch’s fifteen new compositions, though within their gentle nature is contained a spirited essence. The effect upon listening is of one’s spirit being caressed by a gentle breeze of hope.
Round River takes its name from Aldo Leopold’s metaphor for ecology of the mythical river that was not linear but circular, forever flowing around and back into itself. Welsh national park ecologist Mike Howe is inspired by the never-ending circle of nature to compose beautiful, heartfelt guitar melodies helping to foster a world in which the things that grow are love, spirituality, creativity, community, sustainable living and the healing of the Earth.
Round River has been nominated Best Instrumental Album - Acoustic by ZoneMusicReporter (formerly NewAgeReporter). It is also number four on Michael Debbage's Top 15 2010 Favorites and one of Kathy Parson’s Top 25 Favorites!
My desire with my compositions is to create soothing, melodic and catchy tunes that are presented simply, as an antidote to an oft-chaotic world filled with complexity. The guitar gives the melodies an acoustic clarity, allowing listeners to imagine themselves wherever they want to go, to their own personal Island of Anywhere. — Mike Howe
Soft rhythms of liquid, mystical motion blending Chinese and electro-acoustic harps, congas, flutes, didgeridoo, guitars, violin, penny whistle. While Native American, Tibetan and Hawaiian voices sweep you off to a blissful escape.