Fiona Joy Hawkins and Rebecca Daniel – Blue Coast Records
“Heavenly Voices” is sensitive, expressive, and evocative piano, violin, and “heavenly voices,” in a perfect conversation of beauty and harmony. A collaboration between Australian composers Fiona Joy Hawkins and Rebecca Daniel, the studio album was recorded live in a single take at the end of their 2019 USA tour. The album is produced by Grammy® nominated producer Cookie Marenco for Blue Coast Records using proprietary E.S.E (Extended Sound Environment) recording techniques. The album is 9 tracks and about 49 minutes, with a classical, yet otherworldly feel. Rebecca’s performances glide effortlessly into, over, and through Fiona’s contemplative piano foundations. An exquisite recording.
Pam Asberry – Optimistic Flamingo Music
Award-winning solo pianist and composer, Pam Asberry, has one of the most delicate and precise touches in the world of New Age solo piano today. Gorgeous all through, “Twelvemonth” is 45 minutes of solid peace. Classically trained, Pam holds a master’s degree in piano performance and piano pedagogy. Inspired by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s “Das Jahr” (“The Year”), this is a musical journey consisting of twelve solo piano character pieces each representing a particular month, January through December. Pam’s combination of contemporary, New Age, and classical styles creates music that is melodic, graceful, peaceful, hypnotic, and gently powerful. Elegant and relaxing.
Bill Leslie – Greycliff Music
It takes a special kind of musical artistry to craft a Celtic album. I think you have to feel it in your soul. Like so much beautiful music emanating from the collective soul, “Celtic Peace” was born out of the 2020 pandemic, which will always be remembered as a dark, fear-filled, isolated, and uncertain time for most. The album is twelve instrumental tracks incorporating Celtic whistles, piano, guitar, violin, flute, and oboe, in an uplifting Celtic style that brings us back immediately, and without further ado, to the light and optimism that is life. A Celtic music lover’s dream.