Improvisations that utilize interplay between guqin and the xiao (a type of bamboo flute). The pieces are simple with a zen feel. This is an ideal recording for private meditation and finding peace within oneself.
Music Design - In Review
Part of Peter Kater’s Elements series of albums, which are themed after the intrinsic beauty found in the elements of nature, Water focuses on music that is rejuvenating, cleansing and fluid. The selections here are an equal mix of composition and improvisation, with an emphasis on acoustic instrumentation. Piano melodies play the largest role on the album (Kater’s musical contribution), with accompaniment from Paul McCandless on oboe and English horn and Mike Hamilton on guitar. This series marks Kater’s first appearance on the Real Music label.
Although classically-trained at the prestigious Berkeley College of Music, Thierry David prefers the freedom of ambient chill in his musical dabbling. If Zen Pause is any indication, it seems he’s making the right choice. David’s debut album for Real Music, Zen Pause is awash in colors and moods. It’s the kind of album that makes you feel relaxed while listening to it, but at the same time has a dose of upbeat energy and lots of style. Synthesizers comprise the backdrop, while piano, guitar and light electronic rhythm revolve as the focal point.
Like ONE, his Real Music debut, Mark Ciaburri is in the zone for meditation with his sophomore effort, this time traveling from the sacred spaces of Asia to the languid beauty of the islands. Tropical Meditation features several elongated tracks that blend piano, flute and slide guitar with ocean ambience (waves lapping, gulls chattering) and sweeping synth backdrops. Ciaburri does provide vocals from time to time, and his voice has a sweet, emotive quality that is similar in nature to that of Patrick Bernard.
Next time you need to quell a bit of road rage from the fifteen minutes you've spent stuck in traffic or from the guy who cut you off while talking on his cell phone, this is the album to have handy in your glove compartment. iRelax in Traffic features a dozen of Real Music's always tranquil selections of mood music that were chosen for their ability to put you in a calm, happy place.