I am so pleased to report that 2002 is out with Land of Forever, their fourth release and the second in the Cocoon Series. 2002 consists of Pamela and Randy Copus, who compose, perform, and arrange all the music. They fill their compositions with extraordinary light and peace, as angelic choirs, strings, keyboards, flutes, and harp join with guitar in a journey of healing joy. Long, gentle notes float like feathers on a spring breeze, gently transporting the listener into realms untouched by the ravages of time.
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Using piano lines over broken-chord arpeggios and luscious synth strings, Kevin Kern composes soothing instrumentals of peace and tranquillity. Bamboo chimes open the concert for the springtime “Blossoms on the Wind” with piano and synth-orchestra. “Through Your Eyes” features the smooth acoustic guitar of Davis Ramey, while Jeremy Cohen’s violin provides a soulful and innocent recollection in “Childhood Remembered.” Especially poignant and meaningful is the matrimonial “From This Day Forward” in honor of Kern’s recent wedding.
The most lyrical and romantic New Age harp music came from the strings of the late Hilary Stagg, whose albums have brought pleasure to millions of listeners over the span of his all-to-brief years of music making. Drawing from his quintet of albums, this memorial collection includes eight of Stagg’s best compositions, supplemented by a trio of songs from Andreas Vollenweider, 2002, and Kevin Kern.
Pack your bags and get ready for a trip to the sun-drenched Mediterranean. Guitarra del Fuego, Johannes Linstead’s latest album, sounds like the soundtrack for a long, leisurely tour along the Côte d’Azur. With sales of his first two Real Music releases – Sol Luna Tierra and Kiss the Earth – having exceeded 100,000 units, Linstead clearly has struck a popular chord with his fresh brand of acoustic, contemporary flamenco stylings. Danceable rhythms and gorgeous melodies are woven on the delightful Guitarra del Fuego.
Recording duo Pamela Copus and Randy Copus make up 2002. Across an Ocean of Dreams, the pair’s sixth release, is quintessential 2002, filled with quiet eloquence and lyrical melodies. Their all-original music is ethereal, ambient, and exquisite in its healing power. The music washes over listeners in waves of delicious bliss. Against a backdrop of languid, drawn-out synthesizer chords, acoustic guitar and piano dance ever so sweetly as choirs of angel voices soar.