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.”
Heroic themes, vocal chants, and African-influenced percussive rhythms propel Gunn’s flute through expansive compositions. —Billboard Spot Light
Following Gunn’s recent hit release The Sacred Fire (top ten on Billboards’s charts) is the inspiring addition to Real Music’s National Parks Series — The Music of the Grand Canyon. Experience the contrasts of the canyon from the percussion — driven rush of a panoramic “Flight Over North Rim” to the tender piano ballad of star-filled “Canyon Nights.” The stirring flamenco guitar of “New World” honors the legacy of the early Spanish explorers while the melodic “South Rim” awakens the soul as morning unfolds along the Kaibab Trail.
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.
Lush and bountiful, the sacred pulse of the earth resounds richly with gentle rhythms and melodies played by Mike Hamilton on his acoustic guitar, Richard Hardy on a variety of flutes and, of course, Grammy-nominated Peter Kater on piano.