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
With orchestrations to match the majesty of the spectacular Olympic National Park, Mars Lasar's musical panoramas sweep across glacial valleys, through lyrical alpine meadows, and into the secret shaded worlds of the moss-draped Northwest rainforest. The music moves effortlessly from grand, inspired vistas to details of delicate beauty. It celebrates the area’s earliest Native American settlers and, earlier still, the primal forces that originally shaped this ice-hewn land. This is the finest album yet from Lasar, whose heroic melodies were used for the televised 1992 Olympic Games in Albertville, France.
With flute melodies floating like clouds on a whispering wind, tribal rhythms intense as lightening showers on a hot summer night, Passion in My Heart embraces with a sound enticingly seductive. A piece of Nicholas’ heart lives in this grand and mystical land where his flute captures an ancient breath and his spirit dances to an ageless melody.
Remember when you’ve heard music so beautiful that it captured you, lifted you up, opened your heart and mind? Perhaps you were having a massage, doing yoga or just being silent but whatever you were doing, you wanted that music to continue. This is the music of One. Music to keep you there. Over an hour of guitars, tablas, oboe, cello, tamboura, harp, English horn, voice and many other soft sounds woven together with no abrupt changes, the timing set to the gentle rhythm of the ocean.