Geodepédie – Hidden Light
Christina Tourin, Emerald Harp Productions
Christina is one of the world’s most renowned harp educators. There is something truly magical about a harp. And there is something special about geodes, with their hidden crystalline light emerging when you open them. Aptly titled, one of Christina’s goals with this album was for the music to “create a place to find the center of one’s being, allowing each listener to let go of tension and rise into the cumulus of their own imagination.” A host of stellar musicians join Christina here, bringing synth, guitars, more harp, and vocals into the mix. The result is ultra-relaxing, uplifting, and effortlessly therapeutic. Brilliant.
Our April Tigers
Michael Whalen, MWM/Spout
The new album release from Emmy® Award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist, Michael Whalen is an amazing collaboration between Michael and four other world-renowned artists. Bassist Michael Manring, guitarist Michael Brook, trumpeter Jeff Oster, and percussionist/remixer Karsh Kale join Michael here for this high-level musical collaboration. Here we have seven instrumental tracks, adding up to about a half hour, which defy any particular genre, in an engaging and emotive album. With its lush, textured arrangements and impeccable production values, the album is a true testament to the musical talent and creative vision of these five composers and musicians. Invigorating and exciting.
A Blueprint for Life
Michelle Qureshi, Music as Metaphor
Award-winning composer, Michelle Qureshi is a multi-instrumentalist and classically trained guitarist who brings a contemporary, yet timeless aesthetic to listeners through her music. This brief (13-1/2 minutes) five track guitar-centered album creates a sonic landscape that encourages reflection and inner exploration. Here we are transported effortlessly and immediately to a place of serenity. We find ourselves mesmerized by and completely immersed in these melodic and flowing acoustic guitar compositions, which are focused on elements of “home.” And, therefore, time simply melts away and ceases to exist. It’s a wonderful escape from the stresses of daily life. Home, we are.