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.
Oboe as the principal instrument sounded like it could be kind of awful, but it is instead rather awesome! All of the nine tracks are ensemble works that include piano, keyboards, guitar, vocals, and strings, but Walder’s oboe sings with and soars above them all in a marvelous mix.” —Solo Piano Publications
“Rarely does an album featuring oboe as the lead instrument land on my desk…a pure sound reminding me of carefree summer childhood days spent blowing on a piece of reed. Exquisite playing both joyous and tender, this music speaks a language I have so yearned to hear. From the first notes there was never another title considered, referred to from day one as Pure Joy.” —Terence Yallop, President, Real Music