Gentle Spirit is the perfect title for this latest release from German composer/pianist Bernward Koch. Silken melodies float on soft languid tones, soothing the mind and easing away the cares of the day. A few of the fifteen tracks have strong but quiet rhythms, while others are more ethereal. Koch appears on piano, keyboards, guitar, bass, glockenspiel, and programming. He is joined by his wife, Christiane Boehm, on flute, and his brother, Christoph, on percussion, making this is an elegant family project.
This is Kenio Fuke’s debut for Real Music, though the Brazilian pianist apparently has several recordings to his name. The musical arrangements reflected on Relaxing Melodies Of Nature are sophisticated, stylish and subtle and it begins with the delicate “Song For Kiara” followed by the flowing “Summer’s Love”. But by the third track we are introduced to the sounds of nature which initially compliment the music but this becomes more distractive than complimentary as the album progresses.
Relaxing Melodies of Nature is Brazilian-born composer Kenio Fuke’s debut on the Real Music label. (He has released several CDs previously on other labels, mostly imports.) A classically-trained pianist, composer, and conductor, Fuke’s music is a perfect fit for Real Music’s high recording standards and legacy of relaxing, soothing, and often nature-based music. Birds, water, and other natural sounds run through the piano-based music, accompanied by strings, keyboards, and an assortment of orchestral instruments.
Silent Star is Bernward Koch’s fifth release on the Real Music label and his ninth album to date. Koch’s longtime fans from around the world will be thrilled with the gentle, beautiful music they have come to love and expect from this German multi-instrumentalist and composer; if you are new to his music, it’s a wonderful introduction. The music was inspired by and is dedicated to Otto Lilienthal (1848-1896), the “father of flight” and an inventor Koch has admired since childhood. Koch composed and recorded the pieces during a very creative period last fall.
Quiescence: A World At Peace is the Real Music debut by Amberfern, a composer of meditative healing music who lives and works in the heart of England’s New Forest National Park. A professional musician since 1978, Amberfern plays and composes for a wide variety of instruments including guitars, bass, piano, keyboards, synthesizers, drums, percussion, ethnic flutes, hang drums, and a growing collection of unusual and evocative world instruments. Nature sounds and human voices are also a part of the mix, giving Amberfern a rich musical palette of many, many colors.