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.
Free As a Bird is the much-anticipated follow-up to Omar's 2002 release, Opal Fire. Exotic, sensual, and brimming with life, it was worth the wait! Richly arranged and orchestrated by David Dial and Gregg Karukas, real instruments replace some of the keyboards from the earlier release, and the interaction of great musicians such as violinist Charlie Bisharat (one of my all-time favorites!), Ramon Stagnaro on guitar, Gregg Karukas on keyboards and percussion, and Pedro Eustache on flute makes the music even more exciting. It is impossible to not think of Yanni's best work when listening to Omar. International flavors and a strong, optimistic spirit ignite the upbeat pieces, and the quieter songs are full of heart and passion. Quite simply, this is a GREAT album!
On his debut album, we spent an Afternoon in Sedona with flutist/multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Gunn exploring the spirit of the magnificent Southwestern desert landscape. The Sacred Fire captures Gunn’s eternal reverence for Mother Earth and the sounds that echo from ancient peoples who once tread delicately upon it. On tracks such as “Odessa,” lush orchestrations punctuated by percussive tribal beats and stirring vocals burn with the intensity of primitive dance, while the tender romantic ballad “Midnight Hour” embraces us under a moonlit sky warmed by the beat of fire’s dying embers. Gunn says, “The Sacred Fire symbolizes strength, romance, power and sensuality — a true reflection of life.”
As the title of his new album suggests, Nicholas has reached a crossroads from which he moves boldly in a new and exciting direction. Traveling with his trademark sound evoking the spirit of the American southwest, the journey is enriched by the uplifting, sensual and provocative rhythms, textures and dynamics of Latin America. With spectacular production, Gunn’s flute soars and spirals amidst a seamless backdrop of exquisitely arranged accompaniment featuring acoustic guitar, piano, violin, marimba, synthesizers and excitingly diverse percussion. This is a beautiful and refreshing recording. Take a journey to the Crossroads and feel the heartbeat of the earth!
Afternoon in Sedona is the debut release from flutist/multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Gunn, the hottest new name in contemporary instrumental music. With an album that is at once tribally powerful and inwardly serene, Gunn’s rich full sound takes us on an incredible global journey. Through his mastery of the flute, synthesizer and percussion and inspired by the environmental issues that challenge today’s world, Nicholas takes us to the great American southwest in a way that you will never forget.