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Chakuna Machi Asa has been working for years on perfecting her art and music, figuring out the best ways of sharing healing energies with all who will benefit from it. "My intention as an artist is to help open you up to a new experience of the multidimensional reality of human existence," she shares. "I always set my intention that any songs I create are healing for the listener. Overall, I am striving to evoke or call upon a more peaceful vibe in your mind, body, heart and soul."

Her roots are mostly Scandinavian, she is a Spiritual Healer, Artist, Vegan, Crystal Lover, and Seiðr, which appears to translate from the Old Norse tongue, something along the lines of “cord, thread, snare, or halter,” originally from the world of looms and weaving, and is related to the mystical Shaman healing practices, with a distinctive Northern European root. With a cord, one can not only bind, but also pull remote things closer. The ancient practice of a Seiðr is concerned with discerning the course of fate and working within its structure to bring about change, and the transmission of healing energy, thus combining seeing the future and taking steps to correct or positively influence the unfolding of destiny. What I hear is awesome vibrational energy with a profound awareness of sound, essence and healing, all working in perfect harmony because they're an extension of nature's innate balance, and here to give us love and light. The elements of this music all work together because they're an extension of nature's advancement, bringing good thoughts, a healthy mindset and creating an increased feeling of overall well being, which promotes the flow of good energy to protect and guide the people in our lives, and all around. Learn to let go of fears that hold you back in life.

A soft glow appears in the Eastern sky at the end of a night of the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis, marking the new dawn. In this new work, her third full album of healing music, Chakuna taps into her gifts to bridge the gap between modern culture and the ancient ancestors, and shares it with all to inspire personal transformation. Listeners of Auroral Magic will hear Chakuna's talent as both a vocalist and peaceful nature sounds; her prayer to the ancestors, cantillating Elven spirits, a dream voyage to a distant planet

“Throughout her recordings and live performances, she has artfully incorporated indie, folk, sound healing, chakra music, ambient music and relaxing piano music," wrote Jonathan Widran in JWVibe. "In creating her latest masterwork Auroral Magic, Chakuna Machi Asa draws upon many of these influences while tapping into a profound sense of connection to her cherished Nordic/Scandinavian ancestry. One of the planet’s greatest natural phenomena, the Northern Lights fit in perfectly with the theme that developed over the course of the album, which she realized was her attempt to use music as a way to get in touch with her own lineage.”

Chakuna released her first album, Activation Sounds: Ancient Chakra Healing Chants in 2013, and Moon Eye: Ancient Healing Sounds in 2014, followed by a single, Pachamama in 2015, and in 2021, an EP with three tracks, The Gift, followed by a single, Ambient Meditation. She has been featured by The Shift Network, The Heart of the Healer, and Shamans Market, and is currently a double nominee in the retailer-selected COVR Awards, in the Iconic Music and Stone Jewelry categories.

In a recent artist interview with Chakuna, she expands upon her song craft, "My intention as an artist is to help open you up to a new experience of the multidimensional reality of human existence. I always set my intention that any songs I create are healing for the listener. Overall, I am striving to evoke or call upon a more peaceful vibe in your mind, body, heart and soul."

The title track, "Auroral Magic" (4:51), presents with full synthesizers, bells, chimes, wind chimes, piano, sometimes shimmering, a haunting melody. I think of exquisite crystals, the dawn, and something like a new beginning. Chakuna leaves us with this reflection, "The track, "Auroral Magic," is in honor of my life, my musical gifts, my angels, guides and my Nordic ancestors that are supporting and helping me. This song is a giving back from my heart to the universe in so many ways to honor everything that has been given to me. It represents my experience of the Northern Lights and a feeling of hope that I have carried very strongly in my soul for a very long time. I hope that it brings about these feelings in others."

I have been exchanging email correspondence with Chakuna, discussing her music, her art, and her path on this Earth. My inquiry had to do with how life on Earth has developed the use of speech, storytelling, and the preservation of history.

I asked her to speak about how she understands the creative arts, and how this ancient musical craft fits into our larger sense of human destiny.

CHAKUNA MACHI ASA: I look at music more in terms of sound, generally. Different beings and creatures all use sound to communicate but just in different ways. I do not see much of a difference between our speech phonics and syllables of sound patterned together to communicate in comparison to how whales use shorter or longer frequencies or birds use distinct songs. I actually think other creatures' methods of communication are sometimes more intelligent because they are functional but simple frequencies. I mean, do you ever wonder why some of the most intelligent people wear the same color clothing or outfits everyday? It’s because they have simplified a process so it consumes less time in their day. Well, animals and plants have an intelligent innate simplified system that works to connect everything in nature.

I doubt anyone could really disagree with the fact that humans have a lot of communication issues. I mean, I am kinda convinced that misunderstanding each other is one of the main principles that constricts the evolution of humanity. So, with that in mind, music is sounds brought together to form a structure. Some songs have lyrics, and lyrics tend to connect you to another dimension of the sounds.

Also, songs with lyrics often tend to connect people together that have things in common and this is what makes some songs last for decades because they are so relatable and simple. I feel like the spiritual dimensions of a song run in parallel to what you are physically hearing. What you feel when you hear a song is what connects you to the spiritual dimension of a song. That is why some songs are uplifting vs. others that elicit feelings of sadness or anger.

ROBIN JAMES: What is your task as an artist?

CMA: My intention as an artist is to help open you up to a new experience of the multidimensional reality of human existence. I always set my intention that any songs that I create are healing for the listener. Overall, I am striving to evoke or call upon a more peaceful vibe in your mind, body, heart and soul.

I also hope to create a new feeling of safety for you so that you can explore your own authentic nature, one that has a deeper connection to the Earth. In other words my intention is to create a new connection between you and the frequencies that we all naturally vibrate to because we are made of mostly the same stuff the earth is otherwise we wouldn’t be able to survive on this planet. And, while I may not be literally physically changing your state of matter through the sound vibrations I create… for example, like the crystal glass shattering from a high pitch sound, lol. I still hope to influence your awareness of your connection to the earth and yourself.

I personally experienced this profound healing from music and sound, starting at the age of 11, when I discovered singing helped me transform my own emotions and gave me a new feeling of hope. I talk about this in the liner notes of the album. And, I have had many profound experiences since then as I started more purposefully sharing sound as a method for energy healing, in my 20s.

RJ: Are you able to bring music back from your nocturnal dreams?

CMA: Yes, I have a few times used my dreams for inspiration for my music.

I have always had a lot of conscious dreams since I was a child. By this I mean I am aware that I am dreaming and I am aware that I can manipulate my dream with my mind. I once became aware I was dreaming and flew out of the Earth, out into space, to another planet. I met with other beings that lived there. We made an offering together, a sort of wrapped up package that I was to bring back here and offer to the Earth. Of course, when I woke up there was no actual physical package anymore.

However, I felt like it was a sign that these beings were out there somewhere offering us help and I was carrying that message to people on Earth. The song “Planet Xeron” on my new CD album, Auroral Magic, is about this experience and carries the energy of this dream to you.

RJ: Dreams can be interpreted as one's internal dialog, each character you encounter is really yourself, and the messages taken from these mysterious phenomena are only subjectively given meaning by each individual dreamer. On the other hand, Jung was talking about a collective unconsciousness and a universal language of symbols.

CMA: Yes, dreams are always interpreted in different ways by different people. Philosophers, doctors, scientists and psychologists all have different theories. A dream could be a reflection, a collective unconscious symbol, or an interpretation of my daily experiences. But, possibly, a conscious dream could be an actual soul traveling experience. And, so let’s say that my soul traveling experiences are actually “out of body travel”. That seems like a far cry from our current physical reality and some psychologists may chalk it up to being “a vivid imagination” or a very conscious mind body experience. But, what if it was real in the way I experienced it? My awareness or my energy really could have the capability of traveling away from my physical body and connecting to other beings when I intentionally change the vibrational frequency of my brain waves. Honestly, I believe that being open to that possibility is more hopeful for humanity. It is saying that we have more potential than our current reality and that we aren’t really alone but we are all connected to the universe in a really profound scientific way that we could evolve into.

Our imagination may really be more than what we think it is and all we need to do is evolve this cyclical dance of frequencies so that we have the power to tap into and open our brains electromagnetic communication system up to other worldly dimensions. I’d personally rather believe that there is more potential for this atomic dance in my brain! If you think about it the only real way to evolve on any level of humanity is to remain open to the possibilities of not what it is but what could be.

That is actually the driving force of my purpose. It’s my choice, what I choose to believe and that is the exact way we move our brains energy, right?

That's why I have learned over the years that our belief systems are the most powerful structures and also the most powerful change agents on the planet. Belief systems based on fears tend to hold us back in life. It’s the “what ifs” that really get you. Except that during a profound healing you realize maybe my past traumas are really making up my current fears and they don’t hold true today. That’s a good place to come to. Letting go of fears that hold you back in life. I think everyone is in this process at some point in life, hopefully.

And, so somehow in order to move forward together as a collective we must change the negative what if’s into positive what if’s. So... “what if” we can evolve and all feel more connected? That’s what I choose to believe.

What ancestral lineage is in your family?

CMA: My lineage is mainly from Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Scotland. I am approximately 70% Nordic bloodline. I also have some bits of English, German and French.

My great grandparents on my mom’s side were born in Sweden and Finland. My mom said her grandma didn’t want to be assimilated in the United States. She didn’t speak much English and didn’t really want to. I wish I had known her better and that we could have kept our native tongues, because when our family lost our language, I feel like we lost so much of our history. My grandfather spoke fluent Finnish but was encouraged by the government not to pass our languages and traditions down to our family. He told me that they encouraged the family to assimilate and try to speak only English. On my fathers side, I am a descendant of Robert Munro (14th Baron of Foulis), the Foulis Castle, of the Munro Clan in Scotland. Marilyn Monroe is actually my distant family member as we share ancestors of the same line. My lineage is important to me and I am proud of my ancestors and our family history. Honoring my ancestry is one of the main themes flowing through my album Auroral Magic. It is also how the northern lights tie into the theme. You can explore more of my sharing about this and my spiritual name in the liner notes of the CD album.

RJ: I want to be sure to explore with you the task of the Seiðr. How did you find your way here?

CMA: The term Seiðr is what I resonate with most strongly now because it reflects the old world spiritual traditions that have been a bit buried throughout our history. From my research, Seiðr is what I find to be most closely related to my current path, purpose, visions, inner guidance, and my ancestors' transmissions to me. Of course it is not exactly matched to my current practices as nothing in old text holds the same energy when mixed with the modern era. All my current spiritual practices are executed in energetically different ways than they would have been in ancient times . For example, I do have some spiritual gifts that I do not utilize regularly and this is due to the current climate of humanity and how my energy is woven in. However, I feel from the depth of my soul that this Old Norse Seiðr lineage is in my Nordic bloodline. It explains all of my dreams, visions, gifts, my draw to both ancient shamanic lineages and my connection to magic. I am more grounded in my sense of my spiritual practices because I have learned that much of the indigenous traditions that I have studied are also similar to the practices of Seiðr. And, yet now I feel more connected to my own ancient ancestral traditions of my bloodline. I do believe that spiritual gifts are passed down through your bloodline. I never directly had a family member share their physical traditional knowledge in a way that some pagan lineages still have today, but I can feel my ancient ancestors with me, guiding and helping me re-kindle this earth-based magic in my life.

This is part of the expression of the song “Blood of My Ghost.” It is my ancestors singing through me. “Can you hear me?” “Can you hear me?” “Whispering to you through the blood of our ghost.” They are asking you to stop and listen because they have important things to share with you. And, I am their channel to share this energy with you. However, please keep in mind that the only intention that I set for this album was to share healing energy with you. I do not plan out a mental concept or reflective nature prior to creating an album. I let that process flow through me, naturally. I later just reflect on what the album means to me. So, it might take on its own life inside of you as well. I appreciate what it means to each listener and it can vary from my own interpretation. Each person's own perception, lineage, spiritual nature, and cultural background may bring forth their experience of the album in their own unique way. And, because I feel that I channel my work, I have even found that some of the words that I channel mean the same or slightly different things in different languages where the similar sounds emerge.

I also feel that cultural and religious oppression has influenced the current fabric of our planet in such a way that has influenced our human evolution. I believe that one of my jobs is to move energies in a way to allow for people to remember the authenticity of our humanity. This is not as extravagant as it sounds though. It could be as simple as knowing and accepting that the feeling of hope is alive inside you and it will never die. Helping you feel safe by reintroducing you to a more earth-based grounded sense of the natural world vibration. Or it could be the awareness that we really do all share a common thing, our nature, which is the foundation of our humanity. And, so I want to also mention how this relates to sound healing for me. You asked about the fabric that Seiðr energetically weaves which is similar to the concept of sound healing. We use the vibrations of sound to transmit energy into the energetic fabric. If you would like more information about the nature of this patterned fabric. One of my favorite books that touches on this concept is "Dancing Wu Li Masters, An Overview of the New Physics," by Gary Zukav. It discusses our own atomic/molecular structure, how it is in relation to the world around itself and the universal quantum dance of energy that ties everything together. My own interpretations of the energy fabric are made up of a combination of wisdoms from that book, string theory, and my own interpretations of the meaning of time, based on my studies over the years. A couple of my songs on the album Auroral Magic are directly related to my interpretations of time, this patterned fabric, and its connection to gravity. The lyrics for the song “Space Shift” are inside the liner notes. The song “Time Womb” is the other one but it has no lyrics. It is more of a musical interpretation of the cycles of creation and its relationship to this energy fabric.

RJ: One of your strengths is crystals, which are in themselves a lifetime of exploration, but as they are big in your online presence, I want to touch on crystals and music/sound. For the curious and uninformed, what do crystals do?

CMA: Each crystal has a different elemental structure and is made up of electromagnetic vibrating energy. If you sit with different crystals you may find each one may have a different effect on you. Crystals are said to each have their own healing properties based on their vibration and are often imprinted with the energy of their origin. I use the different vibrations of the crystals to accent my art, wands and jewelry that I make. I also show people how to create crystal grids to help ground their intentions, goals and assist in their meditation practice.

Did you know that quartz crystals are actually used to track time in clocks because of their cyclical vibration and they are also used in radios because you can tune them to particular frequencies? The study of crystals is an amazing thing. I am actually also certified in crystal healing therapy. I learned how to lay crystals on the body to tune the body's electromagnetic energy field to the frequency vibration of the different crystals to help with energy healing, relaxation and meditation.

So, it is a study that is using a bit of intuition and then understanding the healing properties of the piece. I usually feel that intuition plays a vital role in the use of crystals. If you are drawn to a particular crystal or crystals that is the one that's vibration is calling to your electromagnetic field. If you can tune a crystal to a particular electromagnetic frequency then the crystal’s energy can definitely have an impact on you, right? Anyway, that's a really basic way to start to understand the connection of crystals with our energy field and the planetary field. As they are made of the Earth's atomic structured frequency. Except of course for the meteorites which vibrate to frequencies that are slightly unique from the crystals made of the Earth's elements.

RJ: What is your most cherished accomplishment?

CMA: Learning about boundaries and how to respect myself. I have experienced some truly severe trauma in my young adulthood and youth. I am lucky to have my supportive parents, spouse, therapist, and spiritual traditions that have helped me heal over the years as I have not told too many people about my experiences and might not talk too much about any of it at this point in my life.

The staff Chakuna is holding symbolizes the prophecy of the condor and the eagle coming together. Some things about the mystery are unveiled slowly, the meaning of the staff has yet to be understood fully because it has not yet entirely manifested. It is related to indigenous traditions and a reconnection of humanity. Some things are better kept from the human mind because we tend to distort it with our own perceptions that are based on our individual reality.

Chakuna says “I think that's the best part of mystery related spiritual traditions. We unveil knowledge through experience and from our own viewpoint, rather than reading everything in a book”.

The Earth, America, and perhaps the larger globe and all of humanity has provided us with the legends that we grew up with and they have become the heart and soul of our personal spiritual environment. Some of these important stories have been told for thousands of years, and they are still being told and retold, refitted and reshaped to meet our changing needs, even created anew out of a contemporary woman's vision. These stories arise out of the Earth's plants and animals which are integral parts of the human realm. They are embedded in the ancient sounds, languages and flow according to the rhythms of the natural world, at a different pace from that of a technological, man-made environment. Eyes on the clock, most industrialized people are fragmented by the pressing problems of spit-second society with little time or inclination to speculate on the communal nature of the world. Mutually shared and supportive legends about the spirits of our ancestors seem hopelessly beyond the modern vision. Chanuka is specifically trying to bridge a gap between modern culture and our ancient ancestors in herself and then share this with others.

In addition to her professionally produced albums, she also has a firm footing on the older healing ways. Her YouTube channel, "Activate Your Life," contains her intentional works, made for the healing ceremony, and more potent than anything else you might hear elsewhere. She offers this powerful medicine freely to all who are ready to accept it.

You can find her in these places:

In addition to her music, Chakuna is an Instagram influencer, sharing her crystal wisdom and specialty crystal products with over 36,000 fans/followers. She also offers video teachings, high vibe energy healing tools, crystals, handmade wands, and jewelry to encourage individuals to explore their spiritual energy, to get in touch with their authentic selves, and to add a spark of inspirational magic to everyday life; follow Chakuna on IG as @crystalomchakras, and see some of her jewelry in a popular video interview with Beth Ann Hilton at

You can have a listen here:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery & Country Music Star, Jimmie Allen, Celebrate Record Store Day with a Limited-Edition Vinyl & Music Video Release Called Hazy-O! Dogfish Head, the “Official Brewery of Record Store Day,” collaborates with multi-platinum, chart-topping recording artist and American Country Music Awards 2021 “New Male Artist” Award-winner, Jimmie Allen, on a limited-edition vinyl and music video. Dropping on Record Store Day (Saturday, June 12), an annual celebration of independently owned record stores, the album features three of Jimmie’s hits and a brand-new song co-authored by Dogfish Head Founder & Brewer, Sam Calagione. Named for the brewery’s oat milk-centric hazy IPA, both the record and its leading track are titled Hazy-O!, and they are best enjoyed with a beer in-hand. Grab a copy, drop the needle and let the “Good Times Roll.”

“Each year for Record Store Day, we collaborate with a different musical artist, but this is the first time we’ve partnered with someone in the country music realm,” said Sam. “Jimmie’s connection to Delaware – he grew up just a mile from our brewery in Milton – made this collaboration feel like kismet and effortless. Not to mention, he (like all of us at Dogfish Head) is a beer geek with a music problem! Having the opportunity to personally create a song with Jimmie was a thrill for me and we are super proud of the results.”Hazy-O! is a four-track vinyl with the following tunes: “Hazy-O!,” “Happy Hour,” “Slower Lower” and “Good Times Roll”. “Happy Hour” and “Slower Lower” were originally as part of Jimmie’s Slower Lower Sessions in 2018, while “Good Times Roll” is featured on his critically-acclaimed EP Bettie James, released July 2020. These easy-going, day-drinking anthems pair perfectly with any off-centered ale, but the record’s title track, “Hazy-O!,” is best enjoyed alongside a can of its namesake beer. Hazy golden in color, Hazy-O! is an “ooooh-so” juicy hazy IPA brewed with four types of oats – malted, rolled, naked and oat milk. Smooth, refreshing and chock full of tropical fruit notes, this summer-sipper’s attributes and taste profile acted as the liquid muse for Sam and Jimmie’s cooperative tune.“It’s always cool working with Dogfish Head, it’s another chapter in a relationship we’ve built,” said Jimmie. “Looking forward to people hearing the record and seeing the music video.”Drawing musical inspiration from the likes of Kenny Chesney, Bob Marley and Bob Dylan, – or as Sam calls them, “the great musical triad” – “Hazy-O!” offers a beachy, sunset-kind-of vibe with a chorus that will have everyone singing along. “Hazy-O!’s” lyrics come to life in a seaside music video starring Jimmie and Sam.

The video features folks enjoying the Delaware coastline’s many natural wonders: beaching, boating, fishing and more, and concludes with a shot of the “hazy-o” sun setting over the water. Get a sneak peek, here. The full video drops on Record Store Day.But that’s not all! Dogfish Head will continue the Record Store Day celebration at its new Miami brewpub with the release of Sweat? … Sweet! Brewed in collaboration with Sweat Records, one of Miami’s greatest music hubs, Sweat? … Sweet! (5.4% ABV) is a tart ale brewed with jackfruit, tamarind, cardamom and sea salt. With a punch of tangy fruitiness balanced by a slightly spicy, umami-forward finish, Sweat? … Sweet! will be available beginning at 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 12 for just $16 per 4pk/16oz cans. Those in attendance will also have the chance to win a selection of Record Store Day-themed giveaways, including a copy of Jimmie Allen’s new Record Store Day album, Hazy-O!, and a Dogfish Head Bumpboxx.In addition to the release of Sweat? … Sweet!, guests visiting Dogfish Head Miami this weekend can enjoy the first of the brewpub’s “Waffle Party Brunch” events. Slated for Sunday, June 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dogfish Head Miami’s “Waffle Party Brunch” will be hosted in collaboration with Sweat Records. Chow down on some delicious brunch dishes while listening to live vinyl music by PHAXAS.

To learn more about Dogfish Head or Jimmie Allen, please visit or, respectively.

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New Video Oh So Mellow (What A Good Day) Busy life with sincere obligations, with music taking a back burner for a while. However, I felt I had to put a video together for Oh So Mellow (What A Good Day) as it has been so well received and listeners now look for so much more in entertainment. Premiering on Youtube from midnight 10th June UK time. I hope it gives you good vibes!
Ancient Future Concert Streams Live June 12, 2021 at 3:30 PM PDT Alternate Reality Concerts Continue
First Ancient Future Concert Since 2019!

Subscribers to the Ancient Future Times wrote to suggest that Ancient Future offer virtual concerts during the pandemic and beyond. A new series of Alternate Reality Concerts from the Ancient Future was created in response, and Matthew Montfort was the inaugural performer on his birthday, February 12, 2021.To sign up for upcoming shows, simply send your email address to Put "Alternate Reality Concert" in the subject. You will receive a link to participate before each performance. There's currently no charge, but donations are very much needed to support the music, especially in this time of uncertainty as to when concerts will again be safe and potentially economically viable.

Exactly four months later, Ancient Future will perform a live streaming concert on June 12 at 3:30 PM PST. It's the first Ancient Future performance since the end of their 40th anniversary season in late 2019, when the band performed at the Kentucky Mine Amphitheater in Sierra City, California. Tabla master Aditya Kalyanpur was on that date and handed his iPhone to audience members to take videos of the performance. He shared the results with Jhankar, an Indian arts organization in Cincinnati, and they came forth to sponsor this streaming concert. The concert features a trio program consisting of Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar, Aditya Kalyanpur on tabla, and Frank Martin on keyboards. The set list features compositions by Matthew Montfort and Frank Martin.

Saturday, June 12 , 3:30 PM PDT
Ancient Future Trio
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Saturday, June 12 , 12:30 PM HST (Hawaii), 6:30 PM EDT (East Coast USA), 7:30 PM GMT-3 (Rio de Janeiro)
Sunday June 13, 12:30 AM CEST (Central Europe), 4:00 AM IST (India), 7:30 AM JST (Japan)
Aditya Kalyanpur (tabla, percussion)

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Aditya Kalyanpur began his training on the tabla at the age of five under the guidance of two of India's top tabla masters: the late Alla Rakha Khan and his son Zakir Hussain. Aditya was first seen performing with Ustad Zakir Hussain for the famous "Wah Taj!" television commercial at the age of 11. His style consists of bold and clear execution of syllables, pinpoint precision in rhythm coupled with a colossal repertoire of compositions and improvisational technique. He has performed with top Indian artists including Shivkumar Sharma, Shujaat Khan, and A.R. Rahman. He can be heard on Katy Perry's "Legendary Lovers" from her album "Prism," and also recorded with Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones.
Frank Martin (keys)

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Master keyboardist Frank Martin has performed and/or recorded with a wide variety of artists that include Stevie Wonder, Sting, Larry Coryell, Flora Purim & Airto Moriera, Herbie Hancock, Tuck & Patti, Nguyen Le, Trilok Gurtu, John McLaughlin, Santana, Chris Isaak, B.B. King, Larry Carlton, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Patti Labelle, L. Subramaniam, Ramsey Lewis, Stanley Turrentine, Turtle Island String Quartet, Zakir Hussain, Wayne Shorter, Chico Pinheiro, Mel Torme, Dizzy Gellespie, Ronnie Laws, Charlie Musselwhite, Annie Lennox, John Mellencamp, Run DMC, MC Hammer, and many others.
Matthew Montfort (band leader, scalloped fretboard guitar)

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Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort is a pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar (an instrument combining qualities of the South Indian vina and the steel string guitar). He is on's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists list. Inclusion on the list is based on originality, innovation, technique, and influence on other acoustic guitarists over the years. He has performed worldwide, including the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain near Barcelona, the Mumbai Festival at the Gateway of India in Bombay, and the Music for People and Thingamajigs Festival in San Francisco, from which a segment of his performance was broadcast on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC along with an interview about his guitar work. Montfort wrote the book Ancient Traditions - Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India, which has been used by many musicians to improve their rhythm skills.
What I Learned From 10,000 Musicians At an early age, my father showed me some moves on an old handmade, nylon string guitar that he had traded for a couple of packs of cigarettes on the WWII Dutch warfront. I am forever in his debt. My greatest recording accomplishment is, and will always be, the recording I made of my father.

What I learned? You never forget your first song. And, while there may only be a total of twelve notes to learn, you never stop learning how they are supposed to go together.

Then, I became fascinated with percussive sounds from around the world… especially African and Latin American rhythms. I fanatically traveled the world collecting anything that you could bang, scrape or hit.

What I learned? Border customs people really don’t appreciate the true value of handmade African caxixi shakers or a Brazilian berimbau. They just want the serial number.

More importantly, a single clicking or ringing sound in a song can make or break that song.

My very early 'professional' musical career consisted of touring with various rock and pop groups, often in questionable bar venues.

What I learned? The drink in hand is often more important to many people than the band or talent on stage. But you still put your heart and soul into playing for the few who actually listen.

I toured Canada, USA and Europe and recorded many “world music” albums (before it was called that), with my late, musical soul mate, Dario Domingues. We played in grand churches, the water reservoirs under Munich, on an island where 100,000 doves were released at the climax of our performance, the first-ever “simulcast”, live satellite, intercontinental concert and then, the humbling experience of being involved in Berlin, in front of 500,000 people, for a series of anti-apartheid concerts featuring ‘Sting’. For our 'world music' efforts, we were awarded the Deutscher Schallplattenpreisan (1983) accolade by the Deutsche Phono-Akademie, an association of recording companies of Germany that recognizes outstanding achievement in the music industry.

What I learned? Music is truly a universal language. Around the world people are drawn to music. Of course, different strokes for different folks!
I remember the time we were on a very successful European tour and had the privilege of playing in communist East Germany just before ‘The Wall’ came down. The audience was hard-working, lovely farm families, but they sure didn’t 'get' us… at least, in those times ☺ But wow, that didn’t keep them from serving us the most delicious Spätzle … ever.
Also, whether you play in front of a half-million people in a field, or 10 people in a bar, your role as a musician never changes.

“Dream of the Drum” – I was commissioned to compose and conduct a score for 40+ percussionists from all corners of the world... Jamaican fire dancers, Trinidadian steel drummers, Japanese kodo drummers, African djembe players, military drummers,... the list goes on.

What I learned? The language of music respects no geographic borders.

Also, never start your outdoor concert, with a lone Native Elder's rain drum song. The drum's magic works!

I helped build three innovative recording studios plus, my current production studio. I academically taught musical acoustics and production for several years.

What I learned? All the mathematics and physics in the world can’t replace a good ear.

Recording studio co-owner, engineer, producer. I had the honour of recording musicians of every calibre and every style imaginable.

What I learned? The talent in this world, locally and internationally, is phenomenal. Most musicians selflessly lay down their talents and their lives for the pure enjoyment of others!
However, I also learned, there is no safe way to record 31 inebriated, fiddle and bagpipe players. But, there is also no other way to have that much fun.

As a producer, I've had the wonderful opportunity to work in great studios in NYC and Nashville with amazing session musicians such as: Eric "Roscoe" Ambel - best known as lead guitarist of Steve Earle’s band the Dukes; Dan Baird of the chart-topping 'Georgia Satellites'; guitarist extraordinaire, Warner E. Hodges, founding member of 'Jason and the Scorchers'.

What I learned? Great musicians tend to be humble but they sure have opinions! In Nashville, I was bluntly told -"No, I won't raise the tom level - in country music, we use toms for holding our bourbon glass." I never did get the toms louder.

I spent many years as President of the Ottawa International Jazz Festival and met some of the greatest musical geniuses in the world.

What I learned? "Man, if you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know."

Music for jingles on radio and TV. Documentaries.
My personal favourite was coming up with suitable music for the mating rituals of pigs or, how to create 60 minutes of Arctic wind sounds for the movie 'Never Cry Wolf'.

What I learned? You can tell an entire story in a 29.5 second radio jingle and music is the glue that holds a great video together.

Presentations to school kids: Through a wonderful organization in Canada called “MASC”, I delivered workshops to thousands of school kids and got them involved with the pulse of the energy and mystique of music.

What I learned? Teachers don’t really want to lose control of 100 students passionately banging percussion instruments. But, the kids really do have a true, innate passion that is just begging to be released and directed.

Wedding bands, survival gigs and house band stints.

What I learned? It didn't matter how good a musician you were. If you couldn't play the “Duck Song” for weddings, then you just weren't a good band. It didn't matter that you could play a ‘diminished 7th chord’ - what really counted was that the drummer was cute:-)

Jam sessions in the living room, garage, basement, attic, school stair-well, or wherever... with friends and family.

What I learned? That is what life should be about.

Having children.

What I learned? No matter how many gigs I play and how much I practice, I'll never be as good as my sons.

That's a good thing.

In the end...

What I learned?

Never enough.
Dozen years ago - concert in Linz (Posthof) It has been a dozen years since we last rocked as a headliner at the Posthof in Linz. Back then we were supported by the support groups Colt and Kitty Cat & the ugly heads.

When it comes to setting up the stage, Adi was skeptical. The concert was great, as musicians we found it overwhelming. Hari while playing Mridangam, Tabala and Ganjira! The man who created the groove and started the party in the after-show! Ajaya played the takil and other percussion instruments. He knew how to make the audience dance. It was a great evening; the middle room was well filled and the party after that never came to an end! Unfotunately, the following year on September 3, 2010, the manager of the Posthof in Linz, Werner Ponesch, died at the age of 56. With him, the underground cultural scene in Linz collapsed. The good guys always die too soon.

Link:, Cozmic, MC Yogi & more to perform at To India with Love As the COVID-19 crisis raging in India sets record death tolls, the world watches from afar. #ToIndiaWithLove will be a week-long impact campaign ending with a benefit concert, sending a message of hope and solidarity with the people of India during this incredibly trying time. The event will be a fundraiser for the International Association of Human Values and its network of 10,000s of volunteers on the ground in India, so they can get supplies to high-need communities, establish COVID care centers and provide and mental health programs during this challenging time around the country. IAHV is hosting a benefit concert May 23rd at 3pm ET. 
Confirmed artists include:, Krishna Das, Ari Afsar, Jennifer Lee Snowden, Ali Stone, Cozmic, Raye Zaragoza, Deva Premal & Miten, MC Yogi, with more to be announced. The event with finish with special guided meditation with global spiritual leader Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and other specials guests. The event will also include conversations with field leaders working tirelessly on the ground to grapple with oxygen and medical supply shortages, and to address the challenges daily wage workers are facing during the lockdowns. 
The event will be hosted by actress Fagun Thakrar and social entrepreneur Johann Berlin and produced by We & Goliath. All the artists and organizers are donating their time. The organizers are asking people across the globe to send #ToIndiaWithLove messages, poems, songs, and words of inspiration to India during the crisis, many of which will be featured in the event and/or website. "We have been so inspired by the compassionate response to our efforts so far. We hope this campaign and event can help spread hope, bring awareness about the situation in India, and raise funds for much-needed support,” shares Madhu Kadari from International Association for Human Values. “India has given so much to the world – including arts and culture, ancient sciences, yoga & meditation and so many technological innovations. 
Now is a time for the world to stand with India in her moment of need,” says Fagun Thakrar, co -host. "Even though the challenges in India are exponential, so is our capacity for kindness, generosity, and spreading hope. Now is a moment where we can all show our support and stand with India and the Indian Diaspora in a time of need," says Johann Berlin, co-host In addition to the thousands of messages of hope and inspiration generated from the campaign, the proceeds raised will go to the International National Association for Human Values for projects the ground - providing beds, oxygen supplies, food, and mental health services. About IAHV: IAHV is a 501(c)3 organization that serves as a global platform for humanitarian initiatives that solve problems by uplifting human values. For 35 years, IAHV, in partnership with Art of Living, has mobilized its global volunteer networks to provide humanitarian and disaster relief through immediate material aid and services, trauma relief, and sustainable community development. IAHV has a strong reputation in India and around the world and sits on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.


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ARTEFACT by Johan Agebjörn & Mikael Ögren is a new album of electronic music inspired by Arthur C. Clarke’s Sci-Fi Novel Rendezvous with Rama. Johan Agebjörn is a Gothenburg-based Swedish producer who works in a range of electronic genres, from electro-disco and house to ambient new age, but always grounds his approach in a deep appreciation for the roots and history of electronic music. Agebjörn had been largely focused on ambient electro productions inspired by fellow Scandinavians like Krister Linder and Biosphere.

Mikael Ögren is a Swedish synthesizer musician heavily influenced by electronic pioneers such as Kraftwerk and Jean Michel Jarre, as well as '90s trance innovators Jam & Spoon. A priest by profession, he's been active as a musician mostly as a hobby until he began collaborating with Agebjörn during the mid-2010s.

In 2017 Agebjörn and Ögren released an ambient album on Spotted Peccary Music called We Never Came To The White Sea, a soundtrack to an unedited roadmovie through Russian Karelia, where Agebjörn's grandfather was born, when it belonged to Finland.

Agebjörn and Ögren have now created their second collaborative release, Artefact, also on the Spotted Peccary Music label, also employing vintage synthesizers (Gear: Access Virus Indigo II, Alesis Micron, Clavia Nord Lead 2, Kurzweil K2000, Novation Supernova, Propellerheads Reason 11 with Korg MonoPoly, Roland DJ-70, Roland JD-800, Roland JP-8000, Thoraiz AS-1, Waldorf Blofeld, Yamaha AN1x) which blend into the ethereal atmospherics and electronic sounds of a classic sci-fi soundtrack, enjoying styles ranging from ambient to trance.

An artifact might be defined as an object produced by human craft, of archaeological or historical interest. After a series of devastating meteor strikes on Earth, project SPACEGUARD began collecting data about all incoming objects that could be observed. One day, in the year 2131, an object that looked big was detected, heading past Jupiter in the general direction of Earth. This new object was soon named Rama, after the seventh avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, The Sustainer. As Rama came closer it was apparent that it was not a solid object, it was hollow, 20 kilometres (12 mi) in diameter and 50 kilometres (31 mi) long, and almost completely featureless. The spaceship Endeavour was sent out to encounter this rapidly approaching gigantic enclosed spinning hollow object.

Artefact is an adventure in electronic music that pays tribute to a classic science fiction diegesis, a story that raises more questions than provides resolutions, which is the best way to write a book. Who made the cylinder? Why did they make it? Where is it going and what will it do once it gets there? Most of the chronicle assumes that Earth is somehow part of the mission of the mysterious craft, at the end of the novel the artifact just whizzes by, and Earth was only a blink on the way past. The sounds are pure electronica, beats and sweeps, beeps and melodies, with lots of awesome effects. Imagine that you are falling slowly through wind and darkness, there are colored lights and extraterrestrial vehicles swaying and moving to the music. We are traveling through the melancholy of a long journey in the cosmos, the feeling is bittersweet and positive, the sound is dreamy and electronic with lots of sustained echoes and glowing atmospheres, decorated with a beating pulse in most places and just soaring with no limits in other places. It works well for dreaming as well as for launching your voyages into deep fantasy, experiencing science fiction stories.

I asked Mikael Ögren how this new project came about. "After the release of our first album ”We Never Came To The White Sea”, I almost felt like being in a creative vacuum, an emptiness where I didn´t find any inspiration. The summer of 2018, I was on a trip to the greek island Korfu and, like I usually do, I brought some books to read – including Arthur C. Clarkes well known sci fi novel ”Rendezvous With Rama”. It is funny I never read it before, since I´m a huge fan of several of his other books. It was kind of a surrealistic sensation, lying there, in the gazing sun by the blue, Mediterrianean sea and practically being sucked into the dark, otherworldly, futuristic and mystical environment that surrounds the Rama novel. And ”BAM!”, it struck me almost immediately, by reading the first pages – this is it. This is our next project. Man, I could practically hear the atmospheric sounds and harmonies! I would even dare calling it an epiphany (after all I´m also an ordained priest, haha). As soon as I got home I called Johan and told him that we just had to do this. And as he also read the novel, he totally agreed. And after all it´s pretty original isn´t it, creating a soundtrack for a novel."

Three tracks from the highly-anticipated album scored exclusive previews on music culture outlets Resident Advisor, Obscure Sound and Vehlinggo. The album released today on Spotted Peccary Music; music fans can listen, view or purchase the music on the platform of their choice at

“This has been such an exciting journey from the beginning 'til the end,” says Ögren. “The first visions and sensations that unfolded as I laid on a beach on a sunny Greek island, reading Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C Clarke’s astonishing masterpiece.”

Artefact also features collaborations with a fellow Spotted Peccary recording artist Stefan Strand (aka Between Interval) and independent musician Johan Emmoth (aka Le Prix), as well as ethereal soprano vocals by Martina Björk.

“Stefan Strand is an old friend of mine,” explains Agebjörn. “This is the first time we have collaborated on an original track. I love his music.” He continues, “Johan Emmoth is a talented musician who I got to know when we made a few tracks and remixes together in disco/synthwave style, but this is more ambient/experimental than the earlier ones.”

Martina Björk -- a friend of Ögren -- is a soprano singer with a PhD in Latin. He says, “She managed to catch the very special, kind of sacred, ancient feeling and combined it with the almost melancholic, sad sense of abandonment that saturates the very moment of the Rama story that this song is trying to depict."

The audience is beckoned to join the brave space expedition inside the artefact, revealing the inner landscapes and prompting the imagination of the listener. Despite the heavy use of synths of the '90s, the whole album carries more of a timeless character than their previous album, covering different styles and images from the '70s, '80s, '90s, and even an echo from the 18th and 19th century through Björk’s beautiful soprano voice.

"The main reason why Rendezvous With Rama attracted me to such an extent, was that the main theme seems to be the encounter with the otherworldy, the very Other, the big unknown," explains Ögren.

On June 11, 2021, a "Space Travel" EP is planned for release, with three electronic remixes. Explore independent album reviews and video premieres of Artefact at the sites below:

"Monitoring the Zooids" on Resident Advisor:

"Space Travel" on Vehlinggo:

"Static Air" on Obscure Sound:

Artefact was mastered by Howard Givens, and is available for physical purchase in CD format and in 24-BIT AUDIOPHILE, CD QUALITY LOSSLESS, MP3 and streaming formats. The CD version of Artefact arrives in a factory sealed 6-panel gatefold package that includes vibrant artwork, liner notes, a 4-page booklet, with illustrations (front, back and sketches) by Kilian Eng, and package design by Daniel Pipitone.

1. Extravehicular Activity
2. Passing the Gates (with Between Interval)
3. The Plain
4. The Storm That Passed
5. Flight Over the Sea
6. Static Air
7. Octapod (with Le Prix)
8. Monitoring the Zooids
9. The Hall of Crystals (with Martina Björk)
10. Interplanetary Threat
11. Space Travel
12. Final Sight

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YEW HAIKU Reveals \ Isolation, post-industrialization, and internet addiction might just be the millennial generation’s drugs, sex, or rock and roll. Yew Haiku, the moniker for singer-songwriter Fuschia Smith, doesn’t want to be another dancing pallbearer. With her 3-song EP release Psy and Cygnet, she has chosen to focus more on storytelling than production, teaming up with one half of Lannds, producer Brian Squillace, for the acousti-pop tracks.

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This is a song about the cruel reality check that follows any kind of projection or idolization, whether through love or consumerism.

Equally inspired by baroque folk and bedroom pop, Yew Haiku felt her own production sound was too reminiscent of ambient or environmental music genres to pair with recurring internal narratives. Looped tape hiss be damned, one gets the feeling the narration of human frustration and hope is more than a superficial pastime but stay tuned.

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 Kristen Mather de Andrade Unveils Stunning Release Kristen Mather de Andrade, the singer, clarinetist, and arranger based in New York, just graced us with her album Clarao’s first single, “Côco Tara Tá Tá". Originally from a small Ohio town, Kristen discovered her niche and passion for Brazilian music in 2011. The music of Brazil has consumed her and her new album Clarao, which means “flash of light” in Portuguese, is very dear to the artist, as her husband is also from Brazil.

As Kristen is principal clarinetist of the West Point Band, it’s not surprising that “Côco Tara Tá Tá” is beautifully done, and a treat to the ears. Beginning with a beautiful clarinet feature by Kristen, this song is upbeat and is sure to lighten the mood of any listener. A mostly instrumental track, it showcases each instrument beautifully without ever feeling overwhelming. A joyful group vocal repeating the songs title leads us out, interwoven with enticing clarinet melodies displaying Kristens masterstry of the instrument. This arrangement of Severino Araújo’s “Côco Tara Tá Tá” is one to take a listen to.

Currently a professor at Manhattanville College, Kristens release of “Côco Tara Tá Tá” is a perfect launch to her first full-length album and music career. The wildly talented musician’s album Clarao will be out on all streaming platforms soon. For now, keep bumping “Côco Tara Tá Tá”!

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DAVIS88 Brings Eclectic New Single Jordan Davis is making waves with the release of his new EP “Lights Up.” The North Carolina based artist just released a compilation of 5 country/hip-hop tracks that are sure to take your breath away.

Going by DAVIS88, Jordan Davis has brought a new innovative sound to the game. Not only is he combining country and hip-hop, but Davis is giving it a hard rock feel, which he credits to the nu-metal bands he grew up on. First picking up a guitar in college, Davis worked hard to teach himself guitar as well as familiarizing himself with other instruments to better prepare him for studio sessions. Releasing one EP and several singles since 2012, Davis is about to make 2021 his year with his latest release “Lights Up.”

“...everything from Hootie and the Blowfish to the doobie brothers through his home boom box are some of his earliest memories.” His influence from these bands is extremely visible through his music. By combining the traditional sounds of southern rock, such as crunchy wailing guitars and organ, with his hip-hop/nu-metal vocals reminiscent of Linkin Park, Davis brings a heavy hitting and catchy new vibe to hip-hop. The title track of the EP preaches the chorus “Lights up, let’s go, all in, let’s roll,” and serves as a song for those who have felt they've been doubted in their journey. A call for never giving up, and assembling those who have felt the same to continue their journey and remain persistent no matter what others say. He wraps up the EP with his own rendition of Cage the Elephant’s “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked.” Incredibly done, this cover adds a new level of southern rock grit to this hit, with a rap thrown in to complete a great cover that perfectly reflects the feeling you get while listening to DAVIS88.

DAVIS88’s latest EP “Lights Up” is not one to miss. We can’t wait to hear what else is coming from Jordan Davis in 2021!

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John Taglieri Comes Alive with Bold New Single John Taglieri is back after being told he’d never sing again sharing his single and video for "Talking to Myself Out Loud."

Twenty-one years, fourteen releases, a new single, and every goal and milestone one could ever hope to have in a career, John Taglieri is indie for life and here to stay.

With two Billboard charting releases to his name a chart topping single on Amazon (the #1 ‘Make Me Believe’), a top 20 selling EP on iTunes (‘Days Like These’), Five Top 10 Singles on iTunes and over 30,000 CDs sold, the multi genre singer/songwriter/producer has managed to successfully do things his way and live to tell about it.

‘Talking To Myself Out Loud,’ is a very personal song. Taking five years off from releasing music due to vocal cord damage, as well as life and being a dad, the new single speaks to a vulnerable singer learning to find his identity and voice again as an artist. A very personal song, it's unlike anything Taglieri has released before.

John also hosts The Sunday Storytellers Series, a weekly TV show about songwriting and the 'why' of why songwriters write. It's not a typical interview show, but more of a casual conversation on the art and reasons for writing. Guests have included Pat McGee, Corey Glover (Living Colour), Reb Beach (Winger), Pete Riley (Edwin McCain Band) and many more.

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The Instruments of Old The instruments of Old is a 30 min. documentary for the whole family. This short film explores over 20 instruments from all over the world. The artist dives deep not only in the sounds of the instruments, but also explains their connotations in tradition and importance in the daily life of the ancestors. Saulius is accompanied by fellow musicians and dance performances. While the film uses a contemporary, minimal aesthetic it is filled with attention catching details and movement. The production is composed of not only short excerpts of each of the instruments, but also with complete songs. One of the aims of this beautifully shot documentary is for the young ones to find an instrument they love and to pursue its wonderful sounds. The film is best enjoyed with the entire family.

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ALMA Acoustic Duo ALMA is a versatile and innovative duo with the singer Alicia Nilsson (Sweden / Argentina)
and the guitarist Martin Weiss (Germany). On their debut album "GRACIAS A LA VIDA" they
present wonderful acoustic interpretations of great international classics by Édith Piaf, George
Gershwin, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Mercedes Sosa. ALMA’s great variety of styles from latin
("Gracias A La Vida") to jazz ("Love Is Here To Stay") and Italian Classics ("Quando") to chansons
("La Foule") flows into fascinating song arrangements with a very special touch.
Alicia's soulful and expressive vocal performance with lyrics in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese,
English and French makes ALMA's album repertoire so authentic and unique. Martin's marvellous
guitar accompaniment plays on a high artistic level and contributes to the unmistakable duo
sound with wonderful arrangements.
"GRACIAS A LA VIDA" is the first album by the innovative acoustic duo ALMA. The music brought
Alicia and Martin together in September 2019 in Stuttgart. Immediately the spark jumped between
them, both professionally and privately. At the beginning of 2020 they moved together in
Mallorca-Spain and founded the ALMA project, which combined all their love and passion in their
music. During the Spain-wide lockdown in spring 2020, they started with some song recordings
and videos for their YouTube channel and released their first EP "Lost On You" with pop cover
songs on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon via the recordJET label.
From mid-2020, however, ALMA switched the musical course to international classics of various
styles: bolero, tango, jazz standards, bossa nova, French chansons and Italian works. The idea for
an album with a selection of immortal classics was born. Among them their favorite “GRACIAS A
LA VIDA”, which was written by the Chilean folklore musician Violeta Parra and made famous in
Latin America by the Argentine singer Mercedes Sosa. The song means a lot to Alicia because it
was one of her father's favourite songs, who died of devastating lung cancer in 2011. In fact, the
album is dedicated to him. Alicia and Martin agreed that "GRACIAS A LA VIDA" would also be the
perfect title for the album as it is a hymn to their love, their music and their life.
The great selection of songs from "GRACIAS A LA VIDA" and the artistic arrangements make this
album so diverse and passionate, intense and unique. The warm and spirited voice of Alicia and
the soulful, elegant guitar playing of Martin ennoble the interpretations of the great composers
George Gershwin, Kurt Weil, Edith Piaf, Antônio Carlos Jobim to a real listening pleasure. For the
album, Alicia and Martin finally composed the wonderful song “Soledad” with Spanish influences.
The ALMA duo received particularly high praise for their YouTube videos and releases on the wellknown streaming and download platforms Spotify, iTunes and Amazon. Including by the worldfamous artist Noa (Achinoam Nini). She enthusiastically commented on ALMA's version of
"Beautiful That Way" - the soundtrack title of the Oscar-winning film "La vita è bella" ("Life is
beautiful“): "The arrangement is just beautiful, so unique, the guitar is fantastic, the vocals so
deep and soulful, congratulations!“
Formed by Nick Schofield and Stefan Christoff in Montreal, Rêves sonores provides a platform for inspired improvisation to interact with contemporary classical compositions, reinforced with experimental electronic production techniques. Their new album, Crépuscule, out now via Youngbloods, was recorded in New York City and Montreal, produced at the Banff Centre and mixed by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh at Hotel2Tango studio.

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Focus track, “Swan Song,” is inspired by violinist Ari Swan whose enchanting melodies elevate the piece to new heights. “Swan Song” begins with warbling piano hits and smoky saxophone loops, but Ari Swan brings a brilliance to the music, like a bright moon emerging from the clouds on a midnight walk.

With its combination of synth, electronica, and storytelling, "The Perfect Son" is a mixture of danceability and darkness. Being the sophomore album of electro-percussive band, Gift of Tongues, and being fifteen tracks long, this record is jam packed and takes the listener on a tale like no other.

Based in Brooklyn and known for his thought-provoking electro-pop music, Gift of Tongues uses his music to heal his depression and anxiety as well as express himself unapologetically. Using masks and costumes to turn his private life into a public persona, Gift of Tongues uses his music to really explore himself and who he is. The songs though seemingly happy on the outside, upon a closer listen, may seem quite dark or even tragic.

Being raised by a single mother, and desperately wanting to please as well as being a considerably lonely child, Gift of Tongues gives us a glimpse into a bit of his youth and does it in a way that is very unique to himself.

The first song "Man of The World" is a very upbeat, rhythmic song full of synth and pulsing bass. The song introduces the listener to the album and subsequently his life story with lyrics such as "I am a man of the world, I've been around the block", effectively bringing the audience into the world of the narration he is about to tell. The third song on the album, "Busted" is our first real introduction to what is happening in the story. Written in a very methodical way, "Busted" explains the beginning piece by piece, almost like a book, "I confess I found his letters in the box under the bed" he explains, "oh man you're busted". The tale is weaved in and out of the following songs with highs and lows, and stories of falling in love until the final fifteenth song,
"The Perfect Son". The song, cinematic in nature, contains instruments not very common in his other pieces such as violins and a handshaker. In this song he describes himself as 'the perfect son' who "did what was told" and due to being "born in the wrong year" and "born at a bad time" he experienced hardship in his childhood. The song does a nice job of summarizing the album and concluding the epic of his youth in a way that makes the audience feel as though they lived the story as well.

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Taking It To A Higher Octave Those who follow my music may have noticed that I have not written any new pieces in several years. The main reason is that I am focusing on daily energy practices. This includes Chinese & Tibetan qigong, the tzolk'in (as used by the K'iche Maya), and other kinds of energy work. In doing these practices I discovered that I can experience many of the creative things that I love about music in new ways.

I was introduced to qigong (related to tai chi as a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine) in 1995 by Frances Gander, who received training with Grandmaster Chian Ho Yin. I felt an immediate connection with it as if I was meeting an old friend again. Then, new worlds opened for me in 2017 when I began to have acupuncture with Michael Perfetto. In addition to classical acupuncture and Chinese herb formulas, Michael introduced me to techniques that were developed by Robert Monroe to assist one in having experiences beyond the physical body.

In one of my early acupuncture sessions with Michael, he showed me how to experience Original Qi and its slow-moving cycle in the body. As I felt this subtle energy, I began to hear a low frequency in my mind. It was like hearing a low Eb below the bass clef staff (Eb1) played on tuba. This was a revelation. From there, I discovered that in doing my practices I could focus on hearing a particular frequency in my mind and my energy field would immediately respond to it. I see this as being similar to changing radio stations.

Along with these energy experiences, I began to have and remember extremely vivid dreams. Many of them were about flying or traveling in various ways. I also often saw myself with a group or team. I know that this will sound far out to some; however, in many of these dreams there was an understanding that we were beyond this planet. When I shared these dreams with Michael and other friends, who also do energy practices, I learned that some of them were having similar experiences.

After one year of acupuncture, I switched to medical qigong when Michael began to offer it. Medical qigong is a direct application of energies without the use of acupuncture needles or herbs. We quickly discovered, as we worked with higher and more refined energies, that intuitive messages, visions, and other kinds of experiences would come to us in our sessions. There was also a distinct sense of being helped in the energy work by my Spirit Guides and others.

In having these experiences, it became clear to me that we (Humanity) are part of a vast community of Life....on this planet and throughout the cosmos. When I experience this, there are almost overwhelming sensations of Love and Intelligence.

As all of this continued to unfold, I found that I could experience these deeper connections anytime I want as well as from wherever I happen to be. (This is especially useful when I'm waiting in line at a store.) It also became clear to me how my background in music serves as a foundation for these experiences. I've come to think of it as taking music to a higher octave.

Several years ago, as I took out the trash one night, these words came into my mind, "You can go to the Spiritual Realms that John Coltrane was reaching for in his music". I was completely stunned and thought to myself, "What?". Since then, I have come to understand that this is actually happening through medical qigong, energy practices, and off-planet dreams. Each day brings new adventures and insights.

​Now, instead of tapping into higher inspiration and writing music to express it, I have direct energetic experiences and then share them with others...without needing to have performances or recordings. This has given me an entirely new perspective on being a composer. ​
Spitzkop Leisure Centre Currently Biscky Lee has signed a 1 year contract as a solo artist,which expires on the 27th of March 2022
And is playing Jazz, Blues and Country music
The scheduled programs starts every Fri,Sat & Sun from 1600hrs to 2100hrs
Carolyn Shulman is a Denver-based folk singer-songwriter whose connection with music has been a lifelong affair. She came by her love of music and all things guitar-related naturally. Her father has played guitar as a hobby for most of his life, so when Carolyn expressed an interest in learning to play, he brought home a kid-sized acoustic guitar perfect for a nine year-old's hands and set her up with lessons. By the time she was fourteen, she was writing songs and playing in coffee shops and restaurants in her hometown of Mobile, Alabama.

Carolyn shares:
"Double Stars began as a song that used the sun and the earth as a relationship metaphor, until I decided that I needed a better metaphor - one that would reflect a more equitable and balanced relationship. I described the situation to my husband, who suggested using a binary star system for the metaphor instead. I laughed, accused him of watching too much Star Trek, and called him a geek. But then I realized it was the perfect solution, and I think it made for a much sweeter and more unique song."

Carolyn recently finished recording her debut album, Grenadine & Kerosene, at Cinder Sound Studio in Longmont, Colorado. She worked with veteran producer and award-winning singer-songwriter John McVey. Shulman and McVey brought in a band of seasoned musicians including Michael O'Connor, Eric Moon, Christian Teele, Chris Engleman and Kramer Kelling. Glenn Taylor of Bonnie & the Clydes plays pedal steel on two tracks, and fellow Colorado-based singer-songwriter friends Edie Carey, Megan Burtt, and Jen Hitt lent their support as background vocalists. Grenadine & Kerosene will be released on May 21, 2021.

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Carolyn Shulman is a Denver-based folk singer-songwriter whose connection with music has been a lifelong affair. She came by her love of music and all things guitar-related naturally. Her father has played guitar as a hobby for most of his life, so when Carolyn expressed an interest in learning to play, he brought home a kid-sized acoustic guitar perfect for a nine year-old's hands and set her up with lessons. By the time she was fourteen, she was writing songs and playing in coffee shops and restaurants in her hometown of Mobile, Alabama.

Carolyn shares:
"Double Stars began as a song that used the sun and the earth as a relationship metaphor, until I decided that I needed a better metaphor - one that would reflect a more equitable and balanced relationship. I described the situation to my husband, who suggested using a binary star system for the metaphor instead. I laughed, accused him of watching too much Star Trek, and called him a geek. But then I realized it was the perfect solution, and I think it made for a much sweeter and more unique song."

Carolyn recently finished recording her debut album, Grenadine & Kerosene, at Cinder Sound Studio in Longmont, Colorado. She worked with veteran producer and award-winning singer-songwriter John McVey. Shulman and McVey brought in a band of seasoned musicians including Michael O'Connor, Eric Moon, Christian Teele, Chris Engleman and Kramer Kelling. Glenn Taylor of Bonnie & the Clydes plays pedal steel on two tracks, and fellow Colorado-based singer-songwriter friends Edie Carey, Megan Burtt, and Jen Hitt lent their support as background vocalists. Grenadine & Kerosene will be released on May 21, 2021.

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Steven Halpern is a Grammy® nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist, composer, producer, researcher, and author. He has pioneered the field of modern sound healing and his internationally-acclaimed albums radiate relaxing, meditative and spiritually uplifting audible and inaudible frequencies that have touched the lives of millions worldwide. Since 1975, Steven’s music has been heard around the world in leading healing and holistic health centers, addiction and recovery centers, VA hospitals, massage therapy offices, private homes, and the top healing spas and popular streaming playlists. His latest release, CANNABIS DREAMS, presents lush “hi-psi” soundscapes that shimmer with luminous keyboards, hypnotic ambiences, and the angelic, wordless vocals of rising star Kristin Hoffmann. Inspired by the healing qualities of cannabis, the timeless soundscapes on CANNABIS DREAMS support relaxation, healing and psycho-spiritual well-being. Learn more at

CANNABIS DREAMS is the latest of Halpern’s 100-plus music albums that for over 45 years have helped his listeners manage stress, reduce pain and facilitate sleep. It is among the first to link healing music and healing cannabis, whose ancient roots trace back more than 5,000 years.

The 11-track CANNABIS DREAMS features Halpern’s signature sound, a Rhodes Mark 7 electric piano. Lush hi-psi soundscapes shimmer with luminous keyboards and hypnotic ambiences. The music supports relaxation, healing, meditation and spiritual well-being.

The seed concept for this album was planted in 1982 when an anthropologist handed Halpern an extraordinary strain used by an indigenous Alaskan shamanic healer.

“One toke, and I heard music in a very different way,” says Halpern, also founder of the “Quiet Revolution” in New Age music. “It inspired an improvised grand piano jam that was different from anything I had recorded previously. I wondered if certain other strains might inspire a new composition if used exclusively. The answer turned out to be Yes.”

In 2015, Halpern was invited to be a Celebrity Brand Ambassador for a leading Cannabis dispensary. Although the collaboration was short-lived, their top shelf strain, called Mystic Haze, evoked a meditative, healing and spiritual high, and inspired the several variations of the title track on CANNABIS DREAMS.

The album was completed when Halpern read about the new spiritually-uplifting strain released by entrepreneurial musician Carlos Santana and Left Coast Ventures.

“After hearing music in meditation after sampling this strain, it was obvious I needed to include a new track inspired by Mirayo® by Santana,” he said. “I was able to book time in a recording studio on 11/11/20, and two extraordinary compositions now complete the album.”

In 2021, with legalization in many states and with the medical benefits of cannabis more widely accepted, Halpern felt comfortable releasing this ‘co-composed’ masterpiece.

The album begins with the wordless vocals of the ethereal Renaissance songstress Kristin Hoffmann, of the internationally renowned BELLA GAIA ensemble, which can be heard on two of the tracks, “Cannabis Dreams” Part 2 and Part 3. “OG Sonic Chronic” is a collaboration featuring Paul McCandless on bass clarinet and Michael Manring on Zon® fretless electric bass.

The spirit of each strain speaks through the music. Deep alpha brainwave entrainment tones are subtly mixed into the music, which entrain your brain to higher coherence to further support your immune system functioning. The artist suggests that one "grabs a set of headphones for the full psycho-acoustic effect."

CANNABIS DREAMS is Halpern’s heartfelt “thank you” to the master growers who keep improving on the spiritually uplifting and creativity-enhancing strains.

Halpern’s undergraduate studies in ethnomusicology and healing music became his life’s focus in November 1969 when he ‘heard’ a new form of music during a spontaneous meditation in a sacred redwood grove, and was urged to share this healing music with the world. He began composing and recording this new music, trading his trumpet and guitar for the soothing tones of the Fender Rhodes electric piano. Since 1975, his music has been heard around the world in leading healing and holistic health centers, addiction and recovery centers, VA hospitals, massage therapy offices, private homes and streaming playlists. His album Deep Alpha has been in the Top 10 of Billboard’s New Age music chart for 53 weeks.


1 Cannabis Dreams (part 2)* (5:23)
2 Cannabis Dreams (Mirayo) part 1 (5:05)
3 Cannabis Dreams (part 3)* (5:07)
4 Cannabis Dreams (Mirayo) part 2 (5:06)
5 OG Sonic Chronic (7:24)
6 Plant Medicine (5:24)
7 Joint Venture (5:00)
8 Cannabis Dreams (part 4) (5:27)
9 Cannabliss (5:00)
10 Maui Wowie Dreams (12:58)
11 Matanuska Thunderf_ck (16:45)

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"I have always wanted to combine live orchestral instrument recordings with electronics," says Deborah Martin, and this was a perfect opportunity to do just that.” Imbued with pastoral and serene points of view, The Silence of Grace is an eloquent and timeless album.

A top-selling award-winning artist on the Spotted Peccary Music label, Deborah Martin continues pursuing her passion of exploring the depths of thematic composition through the process of creative layering of structured studio recorded compositions and live recordings of instruments, blending them into a world of ambient electronic expression. Her music sensibilities enable her to combine scenic melodies, rich symphonic sounds and rhythmic structures to recreate the delicate balance of life in its many surroundings. Deborah's releases include Under the Moon, Deep Roots, Hidden Water, Ancient Power, Convergence, Tibet, Anno Domini, Between Worlds, Etched Into Memory-EP, Eye of the Wizard, and Hemispherica Portalis (Portal of 1000 Years).

Jill Haley is an oboist, English horn player, pianist, and composer who travels throughout the United States visiting National Parks, often as an Artist-in-Residence, and composes music inspired by the Park while living there. She is an accomplished symphonic orchestra player, teacher, and church musician. Jill continues to appear as a guest artist on recordings created at Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Roads Studio; her many recordings on English horn and Oboe were recorded by Corin Nelsen and Tom Eaton. Jill’s releases include Glacier Soundscapes, Zion and Bryce Canyon Soundscapes, Mesa Verde Soundscapes, National Park Soundscapes, The Waters of Glacier, The Winds of Badlands, and most recently, The Canyons And Mesas Of Bandelier.

Exploring various locations in the Pacific Northwest, these pioneering artists experienced first-hand the very essence of the natural world; being steeped in these remote majestic settings culminated in their crafting colorful musical expressions that weave lush ambient textures and melodies layered together with recordings of Oboe, English horn and various percussion, tenderly revealing passions and emotions emanating forth from those moments.

Each of the eight tracks in The Silence of Grace reveal a separate journey unto itself, yet together create an overall sense of beauty and sublime calmness echoing a balance between the light and the darkness, and in the presence of the never-ending cycle of life’s rhythms procures a sensitivity filled with profound dignity.

The richness of Jill’s English horn and Oboe appear to melt into Deborah's signature electronic soundscapes and melodies, while the additional acoustic percussion recordings round out the intimate portrayals of each track. Imbued with pastoral and serene points of view from these expansive sonic expressions, The Silence of Grace imparts a certain mystical wisdom to the elusive existential question of our very existence, giving the listener a deeper perspective of awareness and understanding, while providing warmth and comfort to the soul.

Deborah, a long-standing veteran of the Spotted Peccary label states, “It was such a pleasure working with Jill on this intimate portrayal of nature and the beauty of all that surrounds us. I have always wanted to combine live orchestral instrument recordings with electronics, and this was a perfect opportunity to do just that. It was very exciting to record Jill playing both English horn and Oboe parts, and the end results were so much more than I could have hoped for.”

Jill states, “It was truly amazing to me how the Oboe and English horn fit into this world of sounds. They are being used in ways I have never heard before. My thanks to Deborah for inviting me into a whole new world of creative expression!”

Together, Deborah and Jill create a sonic wonderment and invite the listeners to partake in the experience.

The Silence of Grace releases April 23rd, 2021 in CD format and 24-BIT AUDIOPHILE, CD QUALITY LOSSLESS, MP3 and streaming formats. Find consumer sales and streaming links at

The Silence of Grace was recorded by Deborah Martin and mixed by Matthew Stewart, at Dreaming Edge Studio, and mastered by Howard Givens at Spotted Peccary Studio NW. The CD version of The Silence of Grace arrives in a factory sealed 6-panel gatefold package that includes vibrant artwork by Deborah Martin, Jill Haley and Christopher Lemmon, with liner notes, an 18-page booklet, and exquisite package design by Daniel Pipitone.

01 The Silence Of Grace
02 Indian Heaven
03 Verdant Sanctuary
04 The Stillness of Forest Bathing
05 Fountains
06 Earth Stone Water Sky
07 From Fire Into Water
08 Water Flows of Clouds and Thunder

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Wolfe Hybrid is the musical collaboration of songwriter/producers Jeff Wolfe (vocals) & James P. Noon (acoustic/electric guitars). Both are seasoned entertainment (Film/TV) industry veterans at the top of their respective fields. Wolfe Hybrid was formed in Los Angeles in 2019.

On “All I Ask,” interplay between the group gives the sound true heart for the song is propelled forward by a joyous energy. With nods to classic rock and Americana there is a deeply felt tenderness to their work, from the driving rhythms to the fantastically sculpted riffs that contain so much depth behind them. Nimble to its core, there is a kindness to their lyricism, one that retains a sense of hope behind it. They play with such fire and passion for they burn through the track duration in an intensely focused fashion.

Wolfe Hybrid plans to release a full-length LP of original songs in Spring 2021. James P. Noon is an accomplished VFX Producer known for his work at Yannix where he has worked on more than 300 Feature Film/TV projects. Jeff Wolfe is an award-winning filmmaker (and multi-hyphenate) who took home the 2014 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries or Movie” for his exemplary work on NBC’s Revolution.

“All I Ask” revels in the beautiful storytelling of Wolfe Hybrid as they deliver small vignettes from lives lived to the absolute fullest.

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Wolfe Hybrid is the musical collaboration of songwriter/producers Jeff Wolfe (vocals) & James P. Noon (acoustic/electric guitars). Both are seasoned entertainment (Film/TV) industry veterans at the top of their respective fields. Wolfe Hybrid was formed in Los Angeles in 2019.

On “All I Ask,” interplay between the group gives the sound true heart for the song is propelled forward by a joyous energy. With nods to classic rock and Americana there is a deeply felt tenderness to their work, from the driving rhythms to the fantastically sculpted riffs that contain so much depth behind them. Nimble to its core, there is a kindness to their lyricism, one that retains a sense of hope behind it. They play with such fire and passion for they burn through the track duration in an intensely focused fashion.

Wolfe Hybrid plans to release a full-length LP of original songs in Spring 2021. James P. Noon is an accomplished VFX Producer known for his work at Yannix where he has worked on more than 300 Feature Film/TV projects. Jeff Wolfe is an award-winning filmmaker (and multi-hyphenate) who took home the 2014 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries or Movie” for his exemplary work on NBC’s Revolution.

“All I Ask” revels in the beautiful storytelling of Wolfe Hybrid as they deliver small vignettes from lives lived to the absolute fullest.

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Santa Barbara-based singer Star Goes Nova, also known as Christine Law, has brought us a magical creation with the music video for her song “The Ocean Between Stars” and it’s just what we need on this dreary Monday while we wait for the vaccine to course through our veins and give us life again. The video follows the idea of a calming and magical journey of space and the ocean in beautiful blue and purple hues. The video itself perfectly compliments the song, which utilizes ballad-like EDM style.

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Star Goes Nova is already established in the Southern California music scene as a bass player, but she is honing her sound engineering skills with her newest music. She’s able to take people to a place filled with magic and possibilities. She utilizes her talents when it comes to music production and creates beautiful instrumentations that resonate in the soul with her 115 year old piano and knack for creating great beats.

The road to Ultima Thule has many hazards and traverses infinite colorful sights. Space travel requires a certain sense of wonder, attracting a certain type of kindred person that is passionate enough to keep on going in the face of the endless void. Truly the most valuable trait for surviving in deep space is probably persistence. One of independent composer Keith Richie's favorite authors, Octavia E. Butler, was famously attracted to science fiction because it was so wide open. She was able to do anything in her imagination, there were no walls to hem her in, and there was no human condition that she was stopped from examining. That kindred spirit can also be sensed in the cinematic dark ambient electronic soundscape tracks of his album Ambient Highways.

Richie was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in a town called Pleasant Grove. He has lived for the last 30 years in a small town named Mesquite, where the official town motto is “Real. Texas. Flavor.” I asked him about the famous harsh and expansive Texan landscape and how that might influence his musical composition and style, he told me, "I don’t think the overall landscape influenced me, it’s not that much to look at."

He gets his inspiration from reading science fiction, watching movies and listening to music, from Alice Cooper, Mötley Crüe, AC/DC to Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, John Williams and John Carpenter… to Vangelis and Van Halen. He says that’s why a lot of the music he creates can be so varied from time to time. One day it can be this long droning ambient piece, and the next it’s some hard thrashy techno piece that just doesn’t fit in with what he was working on 5 minutes prior, but it gives him a broad pallet to work with.

"One of my ultimate goals in life is to produce film scores, particularly Sci-Fi and Horror," reveals Richie. "I always hear music in my head as I read. If I could only jot down every single note I hear from every single page I read. In fact, my new company (Other Worlds Than These Music) is heavily influenced by Stephen King and his Dark Tower series."

I had the opportunity to talk to Keith about his album Ambient Highways, and that led to a variety of topics, some of which I will share here with you, Constant Listener.

ROBIN JAMES: What is it about the electronic sound that attracts you to that technology?

KEITH RICHIE: Just how unique it can be, but honestly these days it’s so easy to create a hybrid (Orchestral + Electronic) sound that allows me to express what’s in my head.

RJ: Your styles appear to include ambient-electronic, cinematic (specifically science fiction and horror) and you even have some cowboy-type influences going on in the game imagery department too, how would you characterize the styles or genres of your interests?

KR: I like to think that if you were to take John Williams, John Carpenter, and Vangelis and put them all in the same room… what would the outcome be like. It’s probably those three individuals who have had the most influence on me and I think that I pull the most inspiration from.

RJ: What is your most cherished accomplishment?

KR: Putting Ambient Highways out on vinyl. Even if it doesn’t sell, it’s just something I’ve long wanted to do.

RJ: We who came from the time when vinyl was all that mattered have strong feelings about flat spinning circles of sound and steady tone-arms. The once lost artform of vinyl has made a come-back lately, and one of the things I like about that format is the size of the album cover, because you can look at bigger pictures. You know a band is successful when they have vinyl.

What bands have you played in?

KR: I have a couple of side projects going on. VR (Varosky and Richie) which is a pure Drone/Ambient project I’ve been working on with a buddy of mine from my technical field, Geoff Varosky. There are another couple of projects I’m doing with a friend of mine by the name of Ray Clay. We go way back to high school. Those projects are CTFO, which is like a soft electronic rock or a chill out type of music and binarywaste which is an industrial/heavy techno rock. Being involved in these other side projects allows me to be able to express myself in various ways and not lock myself into one specific style of music.

RJ: I salute your ability to traverse so many divergent worlds. You have the ability to use your synthesizer to convey listeners to many strange worlds, for example, at times boldly going where heavy electronic rock meets the darkness, with your project binarywaste. I just had a listen to “cipher” and “token thief” and appreciate your courage to fuse industrial, synth-wave and techno metal to push the sonic tsunami into new places. This is in stark contrast to your project VR, which uses computer technology to generate long flowing soundscapes and ambient chill-out music that immerses listeners within a virtual world of the mind, places that create a backdrop for the imagination to inhabit. What you are doing this time, with Ambient Highways, is all about visionary cinematic soundtracks and actively exploring deep space.

What equipment do you favor?

KR: Lately I’ve invested in a Native Instruments S88 controller and mostly virtual instruments, but I’m not picky. My thoughts have always been to pick the right tool for the job. I would like to invest in more hardware based modules in the future though.

RJ: What have been your most important discoveries?

KR: That you can actually be successful at failing. You learn from what doesn’t work. You learn how to adjust your path from what doesn’t always work.

RJ: What is your advice to artists who are starting their careers?

KR: Just because you can easily put something out there, doesn’t mean you should rush to do it. Work on your craft. Work on generating the best sound you can get. Ask for outside reviews (not just family and friends), and when you have enough of those people giving you positive feedback, then start releasing music. And don’t short change yourself. Invest in yourself to do it right.

RJ: Which comes first, the big idea, the cover art or the album title (or something else)?

KR: There is almost never one thing that comes first. However, many times I’ve had an idea just sitting for years before I can put it all together. Mostly things
seem to just have a life of their own.

RJ: How do you find your album covers?

KR: Most of the time I have something in mind, and I do some research on the backing of it online, and then composite things I like. I really enjoy having my wife conceptualize things for me. She’ll come up with an idea, and then I’ll bring in the elements into an image editor and see what I can come up with.

My wife will come up with a concept and we work together to flesh them out. She is the true visionary. She’ll listen to a piece of music and formulate what that would look like in her mind, and we work together to bring that to its fruition.

RJ: You are blessed to have that kind of synergy and such an important creative connection in your life.

What are you listening to right now?

KR: The Birthday Massacre. We love them. My wife introduced me to them and we have seen them 5 times in concert. I listen to that when I’m writing code and need to get something done.

I’m also going back and listening through some of my favorite Tangerine Dream material from the early years. Depending on what I’m doing at the moment though, it could literally be anything.

RJ: Who new (or neglected) should we all be listening to?

KR: 20six Hundred. I discovered his music from a Halloween fan film that he wrote and scored the music to. If you’re someone like me that enjoys John Carpenter-styled music and Synthwave, 20six Hundred mixes the two very well.

RJ: What would be the albums that you would take to that proverbial desert island?

KR: This is a no brainer: Pacific Coast Highway by Christopher Franke, Logos by Tangerine Dream and Refuge by Carbon Based Lifeforms.

(RJ) AT THIS point I just have to take a break to listen to these albums, and the time spent was well worth it. I have been listening all my life, but I readily acknowledge that I have only heard a fraction of the wealth of music that is waiting out there to be heard, and some of these groups, or some of these specific albums, are new to me. Here is what I discovered:

The Birthday Massacre: Birthday, and massacre. Light, and dark. Cute, and evil, featuring lead vocalist Sara "Chibi" Taylor, rhythm guitarist Michael Rainbow, lead guitarist Michael Falcore, keyboardist Owen Mackinder, drummer Philip Elliot, and bassist Brett Carruthers. They were formed in 1999 as Imagica and changed their name to protect the innocent. They have a sound dynamic that mixes contrasting elements, tragic comedy, fantasy and melancholy, new wave revival, electronic rock, gothic rock, and dark wave.

20SIX Hundred is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and was founded in 2013. Dark Retro Sounds for an Uncertain Future. Think John Carpenter meets Pink Floyd. Goblin meets Vangelis. Dark Synthwave. Synth heavy and action oriented ambience drenched in the neon glow of late-seventies/early-eighties electronica. 20SIX Hundred is an award-winning electronic composer for film.

Christopher Franke was born in 1953, in Berlin. Initially a drummer with The Agitation, later renamed Agitation Free, from 1971 to 1987 he was a member of the electronic group Tangerine Dream. His focus has always been on the beat, he was not the first musician to use an analog sequencer, but he was probably the first to turn it into a live performance instrument, thus laying the rhythmic foundation for classic Tangerine Dream pieces and indeed for the whole Berlin school sound.

Tangerine Dream pretty much invented the whole electronic space music and Berlin School genre in 1967. If you haven't heard of them already, just stop everything right now, go and immediately start listening to them, they have a huge catalog. I had not yet heard the 1982 album Logo and I am glad to now have experienced it.

Carbon Based Lifeforms is the name of a Swedish electronic music duo that was formed in 1996 in Gothenburg by Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad (né Ringström). Usually, Johannes works on the sounds of the tracks, and Daniel works on the rhythms and creates the tracks from the ideas of the group, they have always been open for collaboration with other composers and musicians. They started to explore electronic dance music and then have gravitated towards ambient music, focusing their attention towards drones, chill-out, and electronica.

There are links to all of these discoveries in the FOOTLINKS FOR A DEEPER DIVE section at the end of this article. Now I should be getting back to work. Keith has been very patient while I went off to educate my ears some more.

RJ: Are you able to bring ideas back from your nocturnal dreams?

KR: Sometimes, if I can get enough coffee in my system to wake up enough. There have been times when I’ve literally started an audio recorder on my phone and started humming a melody I had in my head while I was sleeping just so I don’t lose it.

RJ: Speaking of coffee, I was looking at your channel on YouTube, and I saw a few items, something like "Early Morning Coffee and Music."

KR: I actually have a main show called “Monday Musings with Maestoso,” that I do every Monday evening. I have multiple guests come on where I play selections of my music as well as theirs if they have any to contribute. We also discuss things about the music industry and anything else in general. We took a small hiatus during 2020 but have recently started broadcasting once again. It’s quite fun.

The Early Morning Coffee and Music streams are just that. Me waking up, drinking coffee, working on new material, and sharing small bits with the world as I stitch and piece small previews of material together. I find that there is great interest from people in seeing my creative process and I’m happy to share.

RJ: That sounds cool. Noodlin' before the day really starts.

Uh-oh, it is probably time to start wrapping up our conversation today. How about this, I have a favorite question I try to remember to ask when I talk to mysterious music folks, I get a lot of interesting variations. Here I go.

So... what the heck is music anyway?

KR: It is a way to express myself. It is something anyone can understand no matter the language.

RJ: Arthur Schopenhauer also said that "music a timeless, universal language comprehended everywhere," but I think you just said it better. Thank you for your time, I have enjoyed our conversation and I enjoy listening to your music, thank you for creating it.

Life for your music.

KR: Thank you Robin.

Percolating from darkness, slow mysterious signals are dancing like snowflakes seen from an extremely long distance. Neutrinos typically pass through normal matter unimpeded and undetected. For each neutrino, there also exists a corresponding antiparticle, called an antineutrino, the mass of the neutrino is much smaller than that of the other known elementary particles. "Neutrino" (7:36) asserts our awareness that we are already in space. We will be in space. We are building from the smallest particles to create our infinity.

Beginning as a tone poem parable, dreamy and slowly finding its way, building gradually, staying calm and serene all throughout. Thus unfolds the second track, "V Feeling" (5:45). Thinkers may be seen as cold and heartless by Feelers. Feelers may be seen as unreliable and emotional by Thinkers. Octavia E. Butler, in her Parable of the Sower, reminds us that “All that you touch You Change. All that you Change Changes you. The only lasting truth Is Change.” 

Sometimes the mystery has no explanation, such as when the offspring does not resemble its parents. Could there have been a foreign origin or source? That is the mystery, and each life creates endless ripples. "Xenogenesis" (6:25) begins with the electronic sound of veils or layers, each of which slowly fade to reveal new details, cycling through patterns which had their beginnings in ancient times. 

The objective of this writer is to determine whether electronic sounds and chillout highways significantly influence ambient concentrations of melancholy feelings, ultimately leading to an inspired state, while passively observing the seemingly unaffected hydrogen ions left behind to float around freely. This road is constantly filled with steady lights and throbbing streams of energy. The title track, "Ambient Highways" (6:49) is a story never about the destination, this story is all about the journey itself.

The Weeping Angels are a dangerous race of predatory creatures from the long-running science fiction series Doctor Who. According to the strange Doctor, the Weeping Angels "are as old as the universe (or very nearly), but no one quite knows where they come from." I am hearing dark slow winds and harp patterns with strings, hidden breaths and sighs, and for my own survival I am remembering the Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear. "Weeping Angels" (6:53), is the sound of uncoiling sadness through a dark hall of mirrors.

As a dream symbol, the Ptilopteri may represent feelings of being burdened by unwanted emotions, concrete thinking, lethargy, and a need to achieve balance. As an Alternate-Reality Supervillain, the symbolic Ptilopteri presence sometimes is said to indicate that your problems are probably not as serious as you may think them to be. Ptilopteri are highly gregarious, often locating each other by means of their braying cry, and they swim through arctic waters entirely by means of their flipper-like wings, using their webbed feet as rudders as they search for fish, squid, and shrimp. This track has a big screen feeling, imagine the entire Ptilopteri colony assembled in the arctic twilight, with the soundtrack "Faith's Song (Ptilopteri Waltz)" (5:21). As seen from above, they are whirling together in spirals and loops, dancing ceremonially, wholeheartedly lost in the moment, moving in triple time, around and around, while harp patterns and layers of shimmering electronic strings fill the darkness. 

It came from a black hole, and landed somewhere in the Arctic regions. Arctic exploration has motivated some of the most persistent of scientists and speculative dreamers. They often come to their doom, stranded in remote frozen landscapes lost in wind and ice. The track begins with the sounds of waves breaking, "Arctic Shores" (6:34) in the darkness hear frosty synthesizer woodwinds as they hover over the darkest desolation.

Awakening from the darkness, "Dew from the Mourning Star" (5:08) comes offering an uplifting from out of the depths, progressing through changing patterns, expanding to a richer and colorful soundscape, melodic and harmonically pleasing, plucked tones with piano and strings weaving overhead.

"The night is a tunnel ... a hole into tomorrow." These are the words of Frank Herbert from his epic work Dune. "Keeping the Dream Alive" (5:09) brings to my mind the sounds of a harp and piano with an ethereal crown, providing uplifting and sustaining melodies, building and soaring, this is the key track to Ambient Highways, fulfilling the promise held hidden during the darkness of the prologue territories. 

Poseidon is the Greek name, and Neptune is the Roman name for the chthonic god of all waters, presiding over the realms of heaven as well as the underworld, the horseman of the sea. "Neptune's Awakening" (4:32). The beginning brings a distant continuous eternal roar of the surf, followed by a triumphant rolling procesion with powerful beats. A hero takes measure of the forces around, the new empire is emerging from the darkness and taking form, "Distant Visions" (6:51).

The final track, ``Ultima Thule" (8:00) has a rich mixture of textures, bringing to mind travel to the farthest of all, which are known and spoken of. Thule is an ancient word for any distant place located beyond the borders of the known world, a place where they often say that no one has journeyed this far before, the ultimate destination. Polybius in his collection titled Histories (c. 140 BC), Book XXXIV, cites Pytheas,  "Thule, those regions in which there was no longer any proper land nor sea nor air, but a sort of mixture of all three of the consistency of a jellyfish in which one can neither walk nor sail." 

Richie's studio favorites include a Native Instruments S88 controller and mostly Virtual instruments, his philosophy has always been to pick the right tool for the job.  Like so many expanding enthusiasts, he wants to invest in more hardware based modules in the future. His studio is a refuge for the spirits of lonely pioneers in a world of critical doubters who are too often bewildered by the term "science fiction."

He has been releasing his soundtrack-type listening experiences beginning in 2006 with The Maestoso Interstellar Suite, which contains a continuous piece of space music split across 6 movements. He reprised the album in 2016 as The Maestoso Interstellar Suite 10 Year Anniversary Edition and its’ Sister album Singularities – Music from The Maestoso Interstellar Suite, a space music epic. Other titles include La Famille Du Solénoïde (2008), which is a musical tour through our solar system, inspired by the book The Planets by Dava Sobel. For the Willow Wept…. (2012), a collection of soothing electronic music about those once lost and those found, in 2014 came March of the Inanimate, an homage to the classic horror movie soundtracks produced by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth who co-wrote the music to classics such as Halloween, the Fog, and numerous others. 2016  was a productive time, Skylines, Mister Stichs, and March of the Inanimate: Repossessed, an enhanced and extended version of the original masterpiece. More recently, Gunslinger – A Journey to The Dark Tower in Music: Volume 1., which is his first album of a series based on The Dark Tower books by Stephen King,  Pillars in Time, a SharePoint community dedicated album and Songs from the Wounded Heart, a sad/melancholy sound, a great primer into some of his more ethereal and ambient works.

The composition process was not without its challenges, said Richie, who faced a serious case of writer's block at one point. Perseverance and tinkering built momentum, as did the album's creative design process, aided by his wife, Kayla, whose choice of vivid cover art sparked Richie's imagination.

He shares, "I can still listen to Ambient Highways from start to finish with my eyes closed and visually see this body of music. For me, it leaves a lasting expression of finding beauty within the chaos. Just a moment of clarity. I hope it does the same for you. I am thankful to finally be in a place to share it with you in its full intended form, just as it was meant to be."

Ambient Highways will be released in streaming, CD and limited edition vinyl formats on April 12; the pre-sale is available on Bandcamp and on the official website of Richie's independent label, Other Worlds Than These Music. The first two singles are now on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming platforms.

Connect with Richie for his live video series, “Monday Musings with Maestoso” which includes guest hosts, musical guests, and inside perspectives along with gear talk, creative noodling, and music. The series streams on Facebook, YouTube and Twitch every Monday at 5 pm CDT.

Ambient Highways Trackslist:
Neutrino (7:36)
V Feeling (5:45)
Xenogenesis (6:25)
Ambient Highways (6:49)
Weeping Angels (6:53)
Faith's Song (Ptilopteri Waltz) (5:21)
Arctic Shores (6:34)
Dew from the Mourning Star (5:08)
Keeping the Dream Alive (5:09)
Neptune's Awakening (4:32)
Distant Visions (6:51)
Ultima Thule (8:00)

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Jane Jensen is an ever evolving artist, and she’s proved that once again in her newest “Enchant,” which was released on March 18th.

“Enchant” is the perfect song for people to look introspectively at themselves, to practice wellness techniques, to meditate, or to simply luxuriate in a “rich audio fantasy.” It consists of eerie but beautiful vocals, a relaxing guitar, and a lo-fi beat in the background. It makes you want to become a Yogi and dedicate your life to self improvements.

Jane Jensen is an award-winning singer/songwriter. Jane writes music for film and television and is currently developing an alternative health and wellness series, as exemplified in her newest album. Her music is released through Interscope, Fiction UK, Fifth Colvmn, Martin Atkin’s Invisible Records and her own label Autozen. She’s highly decorated and has been awarded by ASCAP Plus, Unisong and JPF Music.

We are SO excited about Jane Jensen’s newest release, which you can listen to here:
Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Atoosa Grey has just released the haunting and beautiful “Storms.” This chamber pop ballad has lush strings and a melancholy feel.

Grey wrote this song on the piano, and decided to layer her beautiful playing with a small ensemble consisting of strings and woodwinds. In reference to her album, Atoosa says that “there is light at the end of the tunnel, but sometimes the real enlightenment comes from ruminating in the shadows.” This theme plays out in “Storms,” as the narrator reflects on past events that may have caused some negative impact to better understand them.

Atoosa promises she won’t wait another ten years before she puts out more music. Pondering the many gifts of Dear Darkness, she says: “In telling the truth, these songs gave me hope and freedom. The dark can transform, heal, and toughen us; and ultimately struggle can be a source of much richness in our lives.”

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Jaxx & G Bio Two musical forces of Caribbean descent join musical roots to form the dynamic duo that is Jaxx & G! The Toronto based indomitable force consists of Stefan Bindoo (vocalist, songwriter, lyricist) and Gervais De Souza (guitarist, songwriter), 'musical mates', who were both brought up in West Indian households where music was an integral part of daily life.

The duo's debut single 'SMILE' produced by Dennis De Souza Jr., on the Rier Music imprint showcases their unique island, global pop sound fused with uplifting lyrics and positive vibrations, with lots more to come!


The Canadian born singer of Trinidadian heritage musical realm touches a variety of genres including RnB, Pop, Reggae and Soca. A dynamic, energetic performer, he has graced stages across North America and the Caribbean. With this new iteration Jaxx looks forward to taking the groups sound, message and vision around the globe.


As the man with the ‘slick licks’, G’s southern hemisphere roots begin in Guyana via Trinidad and Barbados touching down in Toronto where he was born!

The grandson of a well-known West Indian jazz pianist Dennis De Souza, he started playing guitar at age 13 and has ‘literally’ not put it down since! His musical influences are immense, including Phil Collins, The Police, Earth, Wind and Fire, Nile Rodgers and his all-time favorite artist, Bob Marley.

Along the way Gervais has become an in-demand guitarist for various island pop, calypso and soca music stars such as David Rudder, Mighty Sparrow, and Alison Hinds.

Another one of his passions is playing the Djembe, which he has incorporated into his practice as a Child and Youth mentor, providing music therapy to a younger generation suffering from mental health complexities.
Maryems\'Herre The five basic elements of nature are Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space, and are the basis of all cosmic creation. They have different characteristics and in Ayurveda and Indian philosophy, the human body is considered to be made of these five elements.
In "Maryem's Here" the Taiko, Tabla, Violin, Kathak dance and Vocals each represent one of these elements and how they interact with each other.
This music video was produced during the pandemic with artists in Canada and USA, for the album Unexpected Guests

Produced by Taal Productions and Carillon Audiovisuals
Composed by Ritesh Das and Nagata Shachu
Directed by Melissa Das-Arp
Aki Takahashi
Tony Nguyen
Shamir Panchal
Razak Pirani
Raaginder Singh Momi
Labonee Mohanta
Maryem Hassan Tollar

Kiyoshi Nagata
Ragini Kaur
Rama K Sivamani
Ernie Tollar
Shamir Panchal
Razak Pirani

Edited by Melissa Das-Arp and Harry W Arp
Mixed and Mastered by Gary Honess at Kuhl Muzik

Production Coordinators:
Alysha Addetia
Olga Apanaskevich

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Lalula Exclusive soft release After a year of recording, since we were on lock Down...I'm starting to release some music in 2021, Didn't release a single Track in 2020(unbelievable)...My second release is a soulfully afrocentric track.which is Giving thanks for small Mercies and for life it self.. praises and thank you'd...#Lalula features the Vocal abilities of Laurena alternative Ego Lo-Lo Dee and the Distinctive baritone of DjMerchy who give the track aeven deeper apeal..."like the Bible my eyes Open" #Lalula available Now on all Digital Platform...
Ethno Cloud\'s chart topping Agent Starling Release debut album  European Howl Agent Starling’s debut album, European Howl releases on all the usual digital outlets on May 4th, 2021. The ten-track album is full of catchy hurdy-gurdy tunes, new songs, hypnotic drones, live bass grooves & strings, all with an experimental edge.

If you would like to play them on your show we would be delighted.

I’ve attached two tracks and you can download the full album of radio edits from this link:

If you would like the full album let us know and we can send you a zip of MP3s.

Agent Starling are Quentin Budworth hurdy-gurdy and Lou Loudhailer voices & other instruments. Recorded in the first three months of 2021, European Howl also features Dexter Duffy-Howard on violin and cello. Recorded in Yorkshire UK by Agent Starling, the album was mastered in Oregon by Kevin Carafa.

The album is influenced by musical traditions from nations across Europe. A mix of instrumental pieces, spoken word and songs, themes range from a miscellany of Greek Tales (Wine Dark Sea), an elegy by a dying lover (Requiem) to Helicopter Arms, inspired by the glorious gurdy tune at the heart of the song. Delores County Ride is a tribute to the women who hop trains in Arno Bitschy’s film This Train I Ride, and the album’s title track is an ode to being European, a call for connection in today’s isolationist climate.

Quentin and Lou both have strong musical provenance. Lou was originally in prophetic UK Indie band Red Guitars and has gigged and recorded ever since, heading up psychedelic rock band Loudhailer Electric Company. Originally part of Suns of Arqa, Quentin is the force behind world fusion medieval rave band Celtarabia, also featuring Lou on bass. He spent the year before lockdown touring Europe meeting with other top hurdy-gurdy players exchanging tunes, techniques and experiences. The band usually play the alternative festival circuit throughout the summer, but due to lockdown restrictions on live music, Lou and Quentin joined forces to create Agent Starling and record European Howl.

European Howl releases on all the usual digital outlets on May 4th, 2021 on the DHM record label, catalogue number DHM028, distributed by Label Worx.

Pre-release available from Bandcamp now:

You can see videos of the album preview tracks here: Agent Starling Video Playlist

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Great response to Agent Starling’s preview tracks:

“This is wonderful. It has a feeling of antiquity and a feeling of something new. The music is a blast and the images are a constant wow.” Dan Kellaway (Luthier)

“Great video and what a wonderful, unusual sound.” Aine Kennedy

“Beautiful in every way. The music, the playing and the photography are all amazing.” Richard Harries

“Love this stuff soul-moving.” Kelvin Richmond

“This is wonderful. Love the fluid bass figures.” Landi Michaels

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Israeli vocal-medium Raphaela Gilla just put out her newest spiritual album, “Ancient Angel." Even though she was born in Israel, she is now based in Berlin and London and works as both a musician and Spiritual Guide. She lets her spiritual background take center stage in her music, stating “The first time that I held a Singing Bowl in my hands I heard magical sounds, music & melodies from another world”. She shares her teachings and guidance through both her work as a musician and a messenger of an ancient shaman tribe.

Lead single “The Love Of All” is a soothing ballad filled with an echoing piano, angelic harmonies, and mesmerizing chimes. She slips in and out of English while delivering her empowering spiritual teachings that really resonate in the soul of anyone who hears them. When it comes to her choices for musical instruments, Gilla says, “Since that first time of revelation the same divine magic was happening with every musical instrument that I was holding in my hands. Especially with exotic, far east instruments such as singing bowls, gongs, chimes, shaman drums, shruti box. They have become my loyal musical companions”.

Raphaela Gilla is able to combine her passions for both music and spirituality in such a beautiful way, and that is shown in this record. Her vocal ability, her connectivity to the outer elements of the world, and her capabilities in creating captivating melodies and visuals are just a few of the reasons we were so blown away by this track and accompanying video. The illustration video that she has so tastefully paired with this audio release has completely entranced her fans, allowing them to go along the journey of nature, connectivity, and inner peace.

With the release of her full album, “Ancient Angel” Raphaela Gilla is a force of nature, and is helping her listeners to grow spiritually, mentally, and emotionally along the way.

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Music and nature have always gone hand in hand for New Zealander Rudy Adrian. He first started making electronic music while studying Forestry Science at the University of Canterbury, and in the following years at the University of Otago while completing a degree in Botany. The natural world continues to be a common thread in Rudy Adrian’s music through the exploration of sonic landscapes, where melody and rhythm play a secondary role to the tones and textures created by synthesizers, wood flutes and the human voice.

The phases of sunrise and sunset constantly remind us of the sacredness of life, where the daytime's steady precision of the path of the sun contrasts with the nighttime's waxing and waning of the wandering moon. Life is both as simple and as beautiful as every sunset while also being as delicate and as sacred; perhaps it is impossible to watch a sunset and not dream. Perhaps the true goal of imaginative music is to give face to form, and provide identity and character to the process and proceedings of existence, for comfort as well as for stimulation.

As Dusk Becomes Night, Rudy Adrian's 17th full length studio album, offers a serene and personal exploration of sounds and atmospheres that slowly transition from evening into twilight and on through the night. Whether it is looking down to a desolate moonlit beach or observing the twinkling lights of a city, the delicately shifting synthesizer overtones and calming organic textures simulate these moments of astronomical twilight in the artist's native homeland, New Zealand. The album releases today, and is available worldwide; explore the album at

A visual interpretation of the music is live on the label's "Visionary" playlist on Apple Music:

Subtlety, nuance, and ineffable moments can be skillfully expressed at the hands of such an accomplished electronic music artist, and Adrian's mastery of ambient electronic soundscapes is in top form. The album's eleven tracks are rich with the deep and mysterious tranquility for which he is so well known. Moving through the magical moods of evening, As Dusk Becomes Night reveals a wondrous gloaming that eventually gives way to deep heavenly nightscapes.

Music and nature have always gone hand in hand for this artist, whose MoonWater album is hugely popular in the digital streaming world. He first started making electronic music while studying Forestry Science at the University of Canterbury, and in the following years at the University of Otago while completing a degree in Botany. The natural world continues to be a common thread in Rudy's music through the exploration of sonic landscapes, where melody and rhythm play a secondary role to the textures created by synthesizers, wood flutes and the human voice.

In the back of Adrian's mind while creating the album was fellow musician Jeff Kowal (aka Terra Ambient), who passed away in 2016. He shares, "He also created some of my early album covers. One of the pieces I was working on reminded me of the cover he created for my album MoonWater, featuring a somewhat surreal moon rising over a beach. So I decided it would make sense to call the track "Moonlit Beach" in his memory."

Pittsburgh based artist Jeff Kowal was a trained visual artist and graphic designer, his musical approach had a visceral, painterly quality to it, leaving a deeply unique collection of crossover of electronic, ethnic, acoustic and experimental sounds. "I am still fascinated by the idea of exploring unfamiliar terrain both metaphorically and personally," confided Kowal concerning his creative vision, on his website for what turned out to be his last album, Wanderlust. "Thematically, I love the idea of stepping through an ancient, covered doorway, or finding an unmarked path in the woods, and discovering some place forgotten by time." Sadly, Jeff Kowal passed away in 2016 following a battle with cancer.

“For me, the process of creating atmospheric music is a pursuit of nostalgia, using equipment and software I purchased, at great expense, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, to assemble a relatively sophisticated (at the time) home music studio. I enjoy catching a glimpse of how I felt 30 years ago, young and naïve, but keen to create a music with minimal melody or rhythm, vaguely in the style of some other artists who came before me, but also with my own take on what sounds ‘right.’”

"I spend a fair amount of free time improvising behind the keyboard thinking about sound combinations, and keys and sow gentle melodies which might work in an upcoming piece. It's actually pretty rare I'll turn on the computer and try to commit these ideas to a structured piece. And when I do, it often doesn't come out the way I'd hoped. I use the computer to lay out my music tracks, I like the fact I can adjust individual note values - a bit longer, a bit shorter, a bit brighter, a bit duller, maybe playing a slightly different sound, maybe up an octave. All those tiny adjustments may sound tedious, but can be very satisfying. Because I'm multi-tracking, I often play a musical idea for say 3 or 4 minutes, then I add little overdubs overtop. I do tend to find it gets rather cluttered after a while and I end up muting some tracks to figure out where to go from here. So often I find muting the original track seems to give the best results, so obviously, it's a mysterious process! What I love about atmospheric music is that there's a lot of rules you don't have to follow, because you're hopefully making a slightly mysterious, evolving soundscape."

This new album of electronic ambient soundscapes from Rudy Adrian is about being awake outdoors on a nocturnal journey with timeless diversions to investigate various discoveries. All the music on this album was created using the Yamaha SY77, plus the similarly-designed Yamaha Montage 6, with lots of sampled sounds. Rudy is not a fan of having a recording studio filled with many different synthesizers, whenever possible he might want to spend more time outdoors celebrating nature.

I asked the composer himself about his approach to this craft. "Making this music was also a celebration of the technology from when I started out making atmospheric music in the late 1980s," muses Adrian. "I still enjoy using my Yamaha SY77 synthesizer from 1988 and an Apple Macintosh Plus computer, which boasts one megabyte of memory and floppy discs that hold 800 kilobytes of data."

Featured prominently throughout the album are some interesting trill-like insect sounds that sound a little like a cricket chirp or click, perhaps the winding in of a fishing reel. Sometimes I think it sounds like creatures who are making their signature in the night. Many arthropods are able to generate such sounds by rubbing two hard parts of their exoskeleton together, in a fashion similar to dragging a microscopic stick across a tiny wooden fence.

The dream begins in the sky, "Stars Appear" (6:42), opening up, emerging and swirling, suspended across the night above, the infinite and the supra musical, blending flute and synthesizer with accents from clicking insect calls on earth, and adding a chime or bell's double call. The title track, "As Dusk Becomes Night" (6:28), begins with rushing sounds which are expanding into the void, the night is a time for active hunting and exploration. The synthesizer provides an inclusive blanket of protection and security against the unknown darkness while containing the hand percussion and breath.

The smell of walking in a conifer forest at night is always a delight. The gases that escape the pine tree leaves in the form of vapor carry the strong scent of pine oil, a volatile organic compound. Conifers are aromatic plants that have cones. Conifer seeds develop inside a protective cone called a strobilus. Examples include cedars, Douglas firs, cypresses, firs, junipers, kauri, larches, pines, hemlocks, redwoods, spruces, and yews. "Conifer Grove" (2:05) blends flute breaths with small chimes, enclosed in the synthesizer strobilus, for a short tone poem. Looking through the pine boughs into the night sky overhead, the next piece of music unfolds, "Starlane" (5:32), elements of tonal color and linear ordering reveals new astral vistas, which carry and radiate personality and motion in the atmosphere, as I am thinking about travel in the future, remotely beyond this planet and constantly heading towards increasingly extreme distances.

There are numerous caves in New Zealand, such as the Ngarua Caves, with a variety of stalagmites and stalactites, and skeletons of the extinct moa, which resembled very large ostriches. The word "moa" is from the Māori language, the moa were the largest terrestrial animals and dominant herbivores in New Zealand's forest, shrubland, and subalpine ecosystems. No records survive of what sounds the moa made. The preservation inside the caves is fascinating. "Moa Caves" (4:20) is the fifth track, and develops from water sounds with a melodic presence, soon joined by tones from a glowing synthesizer, and what sounds to me like a rain stick, which combine to take over the subterranean atmosphere. A rain stick is a hollow tube filled with pebbles or seeds that creates a pleasant rustling rain-like sound when gently rotated.

The word crepuscular derives from the Latin crepusculum meaning "twilight." Special classes of crepuscular behaviour include matutinal (or "matinal", animals active only in the dawn) and vespertine (only in the dusk). Nocturnal creatures generally have highly developed senses of hearing, smell, and specially adapted eyesight. "The Crepuscular Wildlife" (5:17) brings a sense of secret motion hidden in the darkness. Crepuscular birds include the common nighthawk and the barn owl. Many moths, beetles, flies, and other insects, as well as bats, rats, jaguars, ocelots, bobcats, servals, strepsirrhines, red pandas, bears, moose, sitatunga, capybaras, chinchillas, the common mouse, skunks, squirrels, Australian wombats, wallabies, quolls, possums, snakes and lizards, ocelots, deer, marsupial gliders, tenrecs, and spotted hyenas are also active at night, especially during dawn and dusk, so mind your step.

Pittsburgh based artist Jeff Kowal (aka Terra Ambient) was a trained visual artist and graphic designer, his musical approach had a visceral, painterly quality to it, leaving a deeply unique collection of crossover of electronic, ethnic, acoustic and experimental sounds. Sadly, Jeff Kowal passed away in 2016 following a battle with cancer. Reflecting on his friend, Rudy shares that "He also created some of my early album covers. One of the pieces I was working on (for this current project) reminded me of the cover he created for my album MoonWater, featuring a somewhat surreal moon rising over a beach.” The seventh track, "Moonlit Beach (for Jeff)" (5:15), has a peaceful glowing energy, sparsely accented with those insect-like purring sounds. Are they lobsters calling to each other?

Continuing on our velvet sojourn, tenebrous shapes take form and I sense that we are approaching something in the darkness, it appears to be a structure, I hear distant night birds calling in the void, and now a lake is open before us. Here is a "Lakeside Shelter" (5:22). The darkness provides space for gigantic overhead activities, I hear rushing sounds carrying chimes and subtle whistles weaving around, "Western Wind" (5:34) depicts an overall zephyral architecture or form fundamental to the ancient language of poetry, dance and music.

The rising of the sun brings a new world belonging to the morning, quiet with emerging light in the Eastern distance, "Night Becomes Dawn" (3:45) and the darkness falls away slowly, as the new morning watches. Now we are left with the final track, "Sunny Day" (7:53), it is quiet and contemplative, giving us time to realize that a new day begins here.

Rudy Adiran has a complex career, his musical accomplishments include being a successful planetarium soundtrack composer, which brings a new dimension to appreciating his studiocraft. He said that this new album "was pretty much entirely created during New Zealand's lockdown in late March 2020, so the album was put together very much in the confines of my own home. Luckily there are some nice views to enjoy from the deck at the rear of my house and watching the sunsets and stars slowly appearing, plus checking online to see if the International Space Station was to soar overhead were some of the inspirations.”

As Dusk Becomes Night is an homage to experiencing the night, suggesting the concept of transformation associated with closure or relaxation, born out of the unusual events which the whole world went through in 2020. "I was trying to make an album which would seem to my listeners to be a logical continuation of what I've done before, as a 'thank you' to those who've liked the music I've created thus far." Rudy wanted to make something peaceful and calm for people to listen to, something to soothe the anxiety and stresses of life in these historic, unusual and uncertain times. The timeless spirit of the hours of darkness will bring you back again and again to an electronic dream of future and ancient nocturnal beauty.

Adrian's previous label releases include MoonWater (LSM07), Desert Realms (LSM11), Distant Stars (LSM17), Atmospheres (SPM-2601), Coastlines (SPM-2602), and Woodlands (SPM-2603).

As Dusk Becomes Night is Rudy Adrian’s 7th release on the Spotted Peccary Label. It was mastered by Howard Givens, and is available for physical purchase in CD format and in 24-BIT Audiophile, CD QUALITY LOSSLESS, MP3 and streaming formats. The CD version of As Dusk Becomes Night arrives in a factory sealed 6-panel gatefold package that includes vibrant artwork, liner notes, a 4-page booklet, and exquisite package design by Daniel Pipitone.

01. Stars Appear 06:42
02. As Dusk Becomes Night 06:28
03. Conifer Grove 02:05
04. Starlane 05:32
05. Moa Caves 04:20
06. The Crepuscular Wildlife 05:17
07. Moonlit Beach (for Jeff) 05:15
08. Lakeside Shelter 05:22
09. Western Wind 05:34
10. Night Becomes Dawn 03:45
11. Sunny Day 07:53

About Rudy Adrian:
Music and nature have always gone hand in hand for Rudy Adrian. He first started making electronic music while studying Forestry Science at the University of Canterbury, and in the following years at the University of Otago while completing a degree in Botany. The natural world continues to be a common thread in Rudy Adrian’s music through the exploration of sonic landscapes, where melody and rhythm play a secondary role to the tones and textures created by synthesizers, wood flutes and the human voice.

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Portland-based Spotted Peccary Music is North America’s finest independent record label with a focus on deep, vast and introspective soundscapes. For over three decades, the artists of Spotted Peccary have been on a mission to develop, produce, publish and release ultra-high-quality, deep-listening experiences that engage the listener and exceed expectations. Every release is carefully prepared in a variety of high quality formats from MP3 to high-res studio masters. Explore more than 165 titles and 45 artists at and

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So you get up with all the best intentions in the world to finish the video to your latest track and spend your day putting plans in place to look after the ones that are most important to you.
Look after your family folks.
To quote Lennons misquote of Allen Saunders "Life is what's happening while you are busy making other plans"
Spring slowly lifts the gloom as crocuses and daffodils find there way into the sunlight.
Hopes rise as we look forward to living new experiences and embracing the joy of life. Yet covid19 still casts it's pall over the lives of so many and lockdown curtails the hopes and imaginations of those who seek the fullness of life and blunts the creative edge. Good wishes to all in these limiting times. We live in hope....
New Miltos Marathon  music video coming soon! Hello my dear friends!
New Miltos Marathon videoclip for the song "Mr no way" coming soon enjoy a screenshot !
Thank you for supporting Miltos Marathon #music.
Birthday Performance from Ancient Future’s Alternate Reality Concert Series This first video from my world music band Ancient Future’s Alternate Reality Concert Series was recorded at the inaugural concert on my birthday. It's also the first video to feature my custom Martin scalloped fretboard guitar! It’s a modal improvisation based on Rag Bhairavi and Spanish guitar music.
Ancient Future Times: Alternate Reality Video from the Ancient Future View Online With Video and Photos:

March 2021 Issue:

Alternate Reality Concerts from the Ancient Future
•Dedicated to a Better Future Through World Fusion Music

Watch and Share the First Video from the Alternate Reality
•Sympathetic Serenade for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort

Alternate Reality Concerts from the Ancient Future
Scalloped Fretboard Guitarist Matthew Montfort
Dedicated to a Better Future Through World Fusion Music

Subscribers to the Ancient Future Times wrote to suggest that Ancient Future offer virtual concerts during the pandemic and beyond. A new series of Alternate Reality Concerts from the Ancient Future was created in response. Matthew Montfort was the inaugural performer with a 30 minute live concert on his birthday, February 12, 2021. His improvisational scalloped fretboard guitar performance was streamed and recorded on Zoom.

More solo performances and call-and-response round robins are in the works featuring master musicians such as Pandit Habib Khan (sitar), Aditya Kalyanpur (tabla), Shenshen Zhang (pipa), and Faisal Zedan (Syrian percussion).

To sign up for upcoming shows, simply send your email address to Put "Alternate Reality Concert" in the subject. You will receive a link to participate before each performance.

Watch and Share the First Video from the Alternate Reality
Sympathetic Serenade for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort

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When Matthew Montfort was working on his debut solo recording for scalloped fretboard guitar (a special guitar modified to enable ornaments characteristic of the sitar), he recorded a number of spontaneously improvised serenades. Were it not for some serendipitous sequencing coupled with the allure of alliteration, it's likely that Sympathetic Serenade would have been released as the eighth improvisation on what became Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar.Instead, this evocative serenade was released as a mini EP to rave reviews, prompting his addition to's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists list. Inclusion on the list is based on originality, innovation, technique, and influence on other acoustic guitarists. In this live recording from the inaugural performance of the Alternate Reality Concert Series from the Ancient Future, he revisits the piece with a new interpretation on his custom Martin scalloped fretboard guitar in which he expands on the original's use of the melodic elements of Rag Bhairavi and mixes in chordal structures from Spanish guitar music.
About Rastak Rastak Music Group is an Iranian contemporary folk music ensemble that was formed as an experimental music group in 1997.Rastak seeks to collect, record and interpret Persian Folk Music for a global audience. Rastak incorporates Persian language, Iranian culture and history as well as merge traditional instruments and forms with contemporary rhythms. Rastak has done extensive research into Persian folk music both academically and in practice. They have been focused for the past two decades on the sound of Iranian folklore and diverse cultures; resulting in five albums, five singles and numerous concert tours in Iran and overseas.

Rastak has appeared on several international music festivals and has held many concerts in Iran, England, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Sweden, United States, Canada, Australia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Chile, Poland, Turkey,Georgia, Belgium, Oman, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh [Dhaka International Folk Fest 2017],Iraq , Erbil, United Arab Emirates among others.
Award-winning singer/songwriter Gilli Moon has released 2 full volumes of her genre-defying double album Beautiful Mess, which in this day and age of single releasing a Smörgåsbord of tunes.

Beautiful Mess Vol. 1 includes the stylistically intriguing “Summer Heat” from Beautiful Mess Vol. 1. The song has a slow bossa nova feel that makes it really jazzy and enjoyable. Moon’s sultry vocals paired with the authentic instrumentation give the song a really nice groove that I know people who enjoy jazz would really vibe with.

Beautiful Mess Vol. 2 includes the song “Ambiguity”, which made sure to give us all the angst. The intro of the song seems to pull influence from the James Bond theme style; insanely sultry and dramatic. When you least expect it, the song bursts into a driven rock song that any woman can relate to. It has all the pent up rage of someone who has had to deal with a crappy guy. Moon’s vocals and songwriting skills are on full display with this single.

With the release of Beautiful Mess, Gilli Moon has proven that she can write songs for any genre. She put her own spin on a Latin-influenced song with “Summer Heat” and she executed it beautifully. “Ambiguity” is a perfect post breakup banger for any woman who needs to get over their lousy ex. People who think Moon is just an indie songwriter are sorely mistaken, especially with the release of this epic collection of songs.

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Composer and soundscape artist Jeff Greinke presents an elegant musical landscape of delicate compositions and harmonically rich ambience, an album titled Other Weather. The eleven slowly-unfolding tracks offer multi-layered textures that weave acoustic and electronic instrumentation into a gossamer soundscape that shimmers with the stillness of a perfectly calm atmosphere in the warm light of early dusk. Other Weather, on the Spotted Peccary Music label. The title Other Weather refers to Greinke's very personal and experiential relationship with the weather, especially the beautiful and sometimes indescribable meteorological phenomena that aren’t often noticed or talked about.

Greinke explains, "My interest in the weather has always been predominantly experiential, and as I get older I find myself attracted to its subtler and quieter aspects. I see a connection between this interest and the kind of music I like to make. This feels especially true with this album."

Jeff Greinke has been a composer since 1980, and he has dedicated nearly 40 years to making and recording music. He has performed throughout North America, as well as Europe and China, and his music has been heard in theatre, radio, art installations, and major motion picture trailers. Other Weather is Greinke's 20th solo album, and his fourth on the Spotted Peccary Music label.

Greinke describes his very specific and timely inspiration for Other Weather, “I live in the Sonoran Desert, just outside Tucson. In late April and early October there is a brief window – maybe a week or two – when a variety of conditions come together to create an almost magical environment. It’s a feeling in the air produced by a combination of the temperature being just right – 84 or 85 degrees, the air being perfectly calm, warm early dusk light and low relative humidity. It lasts maybe 10 minutes. It’s an experience that is beyond words for me. It’s utterly exquisite.”

In the near future, fans can catch Greinke performing for this year's live streamed Soundquest Fest on March 28th, beginning at 10AM PDT / 1PM EDT on YouTube. SoundQuest Fest, launched in 2010 as a live festival in Tucson, Arizona, was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. From March 26-28th, a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will entrance electronic, ambient and visual art fans. For more about SoundQuest Fest, visit

As with 2018's Before Sunrise, Other Weather spans the genres of modern classical, electronic, and ambient as it gently evolves through a refined set of impressionistic ambient chamber music. Blending electronic ambiences and effects with an acoustic ensemble that includes cello, viola, violin, French horn, clarinets, flutes, and small percussion, Greinke realizes his musical vision through an empirical process of improvisation and experimentation, combining tracks and layering sounds, and uncovering the magical moments as they reveal themselves.

High-level stratocumuli form clouds open out before me, an enchanted world of the genus cirrocumulus forms, where snow begins when moist air at high tropospheric altitude reaches saturation, creating eloquent ice crystals or supercooled water droplets. Other Weather presents with eleven pieces, chiefly excited by movements taking place high up in the air. The overall mood of Other Weather is subtle, the sound is primed for interpretation, like clouds, with a huge vista appearing solid while being gentle. The sound possesses a quite extraordinary range of different timbres and vibrates along with the air inside it. The sensation is of the instruments having a conversation or perhaps painting a picture, always truly beautiful, and often formed by woven piano with strings and various wind instrument combinations, a complex satin fabric of sound.

Full, lustrous, and metallic, a clear, clean, and brilliant sound, “Rain Through the Night” (04:00), is an introspective piano and percussion exposition, building out of the heart of darkness and joined by subtle sensuous deep strings with a mellow, dark and rich tone. My favorite track of this album is “Falling Sky” (05:19), coming in with very distant cold shimmering glimmers of tones, subtle glimpses of approaching astral matter traversing from so far away. A dreamy piano emerges from electronic clouds that hang there.

Cumulus clouds are rounded masses heaped upon each other above a flat base that hangs in the sky. These are the big puffy clouds you see most of the time, but they can appear to be quite huge and rise to fantastic distances. Cumulo is a Latin word that means heap or pile. “Rising Cumulus” (04:27) features a piano joined by bowed strings, building to great heights, massive acoustic forms accentuated by emerging electronics and shapes that continue on and on, building and ascending, a thread woven through, blending and balancing, a beautiful, mellow, sweet tone. Depending on the atmospheric conditions, cumulus clouds can eventually turn into other types of clouds, including storm clouds, also known as thunderheads or cumulonimbus clouds.

Greinke sometimes intrepidly includes the squeaks and bowing sounds that real instruments make, and that adds a lot of emotional depth to the pictures that he paints with his compositions, thus the sound characteristics of the violin are not predetermined by the score, but their presence is accommodated to bring about a deeper realization of the intended compositional design.

From silence there is a lustrous distant sound, we are drawn in closer and pause to hear some fine details, then we float on beyond the source, and our perception of the sound fades, the music possibly forever continuing in our absence. Piano and classical guitar glide together using subtle phasing techniques to layer up lots of depth and gradual motion across the sky, to create a tone poem that defies categorization, “Clouds Like Flying Saucers” (04:19). Now join a search for new resonance and a new type of voice for the keyboard dream machine, “Outflow” (04:38), with electronica arranged in changing layers, bits of piano sustaining this solemn transfer, with sparkles and hints of complex forms hidden inside.

Shelf ice occurs when floating pieces of ice are driven by the wind, piling up on the lee shore. The track’s title, “Icebreaker” (07:26), made me think there is going to be a crushing sound and shattering sheets of ice, but to me the music is actually about delicate arctic poetry, cold shivering strings take form, joined by woodwinds and haunting brass, featuring Heather Bentley on cello, viola, and violin; Greg Campbell on French horn and small percussion; James DeJoie on clarinets and flutes, with the sound perhaps portraying the electromechanical properties of ice and its nano rheology (the flow of sub-microscopic crystalline water matter). In the final analysis, what I am left with is a dream about traversing the vast northernmost waters.

Composers sometimes seek new timbres, art music once modeled on Baroque and early classical forms can now emerge free from traditions. Central to the story are the tensions and the intimacy developed between the musicians, the composer, and of course, the listener, but this distinction is far from rigid. Acting now as a strange composite being that is never alien to the concert hall, yet free to dwell anywhere and be conjured at any time by the touch of a button, the moments of true intimacy occur whenever the spirit moves one to give oneself up to it. Enter a zone of magic, a close understanding of shared musical experience that is performed by a small number of performers.

Other Weather was composed, arranged, and produced by Jeff Greinke, recorded at Another Room, Tucson, and Invisible Studio, Seattle; the Seattle session was engineered by Rob Angus, the album was mastered by Howard Givens, and is available for physical purchase in CD format and in 24-BIT AUDIOPHILE, CD QUALITY LOSSLESS, MP3 and streaming formats. The physical CD version of Other Weather arrives in a factory sealed 6-panel gatefold package that includes vibrant artwork, liner notes, a 4-page booklet, and exquisite package design by Daniel Pipitone.

01 A Stretch of Sun 4:35
02 Rain Through the Night 4:01
03 Falling Sky 5:19
04 Rising Cumulus 4:28
05 Snow Across a Windswept Plain 9:06
06 Clouds Like Flying Saucers 4:20
07 Outflow 4:38
08 Storm Chaser 5:42
09 After the Rain 3:50
10 Icebreaker 7:26
11 Across the Sky 5:42

About Jeff Greinke:
Jeff Greinke is a musician, composer, performer, and sound sculptor who is known worldwide for his unique sound. Through a highly developed process of layering, Jeff composes and performs music rich in texture, depth, mood, and subtle detail. Using various acoustic and electronic instruments, found sounds, and extended studio techniques, Jeff sculpts sound worlds that conjure a strong sense of place, hovering somewhere between the exotic and the familiar. With numerous releases to his credit, Greinke has been an active artist for more than three decades and has composed music for film, video, dance, theater, radio, and art installations. OTHER WEATHER, is Jeff’s fourth release on the Spotted Peccary label. His previous SPM releases include BEFORE SUNRISE (SPM-3701), VIRGA (LSM16), and WINTER LIGHT (LSM09). Jeff’s music can also be heard on numerous compilation recordings.

About Spotted Peccary Music:
Portland-based Spotted Peccary Music is North America’s finest independent record label with a focus on deep, vast and introspective soundscapes. For over three decades, the artists of Spotted Peccary have been on a mission to develop, produce, publish and release ultra-high-quality, deep-listening experiences that engage the listener and exceed expectations. Every release is carefully prepared in a variety of high quality formats from MP3 to high-res studio masters. Explore more than 170 titles and 46 artists at and

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Music has been around since ancient times. At its heart Lamentations is about the relationship between music and realizing overall physical rehabilitation, and facilitating movement, increasing people's motivation to become engaged in creating their own treatment, providing emotional support for individuals and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings. Lamentations expresses the grief and disbelief of those who have lived through the difficulties of 2020 and yet still looked to their purpose. Not just an outpouring of emotion, however, Lamentations also contains a profound theological reflection and response to the problem of suffering.

As much as we may wish to leave 2020 behind, there is still much to process, and music provides a gentle approach. LAMENTATIONS is a new album of ambient music by Long Beach, CA-based composer and performer Thomas Peters, who recorded as a one-man-orchestra using cutting edge computer electronics and synchronized electronic soundscapes, performing on bowed NS Design EU-6 bowed 6-string electric double bass designed by the legendary Ned Steinberger, and a laptop with Ableton Live. Lamentations is now available worldwide digital release through DistroKid.

Lamentations is a new direction for Peters, who is a composer and GRAMMY®-nominated performer known for creating multimedia works featuring classic silent films. He contributed to the 2014 Grammy Nomination for Best Small Ensemble Performance for John Cage: The 10,000 Things, on MicroFest Records; he also participated on 2015 Grammy-winning album for Best Small Ensemble Performance for PARTCH: Plectrum and Percussion Dances, on Bridge Records; and participated on 2016 Grammy-nominated album for Best Instrumental Album for flutist Wouter Kellerman’s Love Language.

With his live performances placed on hold, the pandemic created in Thomas the need to explore a new musical direction, and a growing interest in experimental classical music. He uses “process music” techniques such as phasing and aleatoric techniques to create slow, constantly shifting sonic tapestries. For example, the track "Drifting" uses three strata of looped musical phrases of unequal length, played at the same time. The result creates 30 different chord combinations. The bowed electric double bass provides the foreground that carries the musical narrative forward.

The relaxing music of Lamentations is also inspired by a more personal point of view. Peters is forthcoming about his diagnoses with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a topic on which he also writes and gives lectures. As a person with ASD, Peters has frequently had to use coping strategies to keep himself from getting emotionally overwhelmed, and it occurred to him that in this pandemic era, such strategies and techniques may be helpful to everyone. Thus, the album was composed to provide some respite and release to all who listen. Peters said he has found it tremendously helpful in times of stress to listen to music that is quiet and in alignment with the emotions he is trying to process.

"As a person with ASD, I have frequently had to use coping strategies to keep myself from getting emotionally overwhelmed—a skill that most people who are not on the ASD spectrum never have to develop. Lamentations is a way for me to share one of my key coping strategies with those who are not on the spectrum, but who are suffering with similar feelings of sensory overload and overwhelm right now."

What you will hear is inspirational instrumental meditations, quiet and serious, each intimately related by both structure and content into an overall singularity, and yet each a separate work; this is Lamentations, a new direction for multiple GRAMMY-nominee Thomas Peters. The emotions expressed within these nine pieces are a soothing tonic for the raw and dramatic times we endure, providing a hopeful and positive glimpse of the restoration ahead.

The primary instrument is an electronic bass (NS Design EU-6 bowed 6-string electric double bass designed by the legendary Ned Steinberger) bowed and occasionally plucked, sometimes joined by chimes, sometimes by an ethereal choral presence, and sometimes by a simple ukulele, and his laptop with Ableton Live. The intention of this album is to accomplish universal healing goals for 2021 and beyond, to provide emotional uplifting, and to create a space to process difficult emotions. The task of processing emotion and despair is important for finding healing and peace, but such efforts are sometimes difficult. Music can heal people and act as a preventive medicine, it also offers a simple way to improve troubled sleep, improving our ability to fall asleep and feel more rested. This music is uplifting and respectful of these emotions, which makes the listening experience rewarding.

A lament or lamentation is a passionate expression of grief, often in poetry or music. The Book of Lamentations is traditionally ascribed to Jeremiah, and tells of the desolation of Judah after the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC. The patterns in music and all the arts can contain the keys to improve mood through emotional expression and release. A healthy brain tries to make sense of the world around, and the constant information it receives, including sound and music. Empathizing with grief provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. If you can use music to navigate past the pain and gather insight into the workings of your own mind, you can begin to fix a problem.

Depression is a highly prevalent mood disorder that is characterized by persistent low mood, diminished interest, and loss of pleasure. We must remember that mercy never ends, and is renewed every morning. Music may be helpful in modulating moods and emotions, creating room for a positive transformation and adaptation, our abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of our lives.

Since 2008, Thomas Peters has been a successful silent movie composer and performer, creating new music for such classics as Nosferatu, The Cat and the Canary, Pandora’s Box, The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (Alfred Hitchcock’s first big success), Der Golem and Chicago. His score for The Passion of Joan of Arc premiered at the 2013 Toronto Silent Film Festival with acclaimed viola da gambist Joelle Morton. Silent movies were never silent. When creating his soundtracks for silent movies, Tom is accompanied by computer-synchronized soundscapes that may include anything from voices to drums to ukuleles. He performs the live portion of the score on the EU6 with composed and improvisational elements to create a truly unique sight and sound experience.

1 Out of the Depths
2 Drifting
3 A Million Pieces
4 Remembrance Canon
5 Without You
6 Still
7 Tenderness
8 Prayer
9 De Profundis

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Released on January 21, 2021, “Beautiful Mess Vol.1” is the first half of a two volume album by Gilli Moon.

Gilli Moon is an Australian award-winning singer, song-writer, and producer. Since her U.S. debut in 2000, she has released 8 albums, 3 books, and received many international song-writing awards. Not only has her independent music career flourished throughout the years but so has her music and production record label, Warrior Girl Music. Gilli along with her record label are known as pioneers within the independent music industry, being one of the first within the field to embrace the digital age during the turn of the century, as well as empowering musicians through an Artist-Led strategy.

The album, “Beautiful Mess Vol.1”, consists of 12 songs and two covers, in the style of Gilli, coming in at about 45 minutes. Though not very common in this digital streaming day and age, you can tell the album is meant to be listened to from start to finish without shuffling. From the very first second of the first song, “Fire”, there is a rush of energy in the fast-paced reverberating guitars that make you want to go outside and run. That same passion is maintained until the sixth song of the album, “Falling”, where the sound becomes a bit slower and more sensual. Through the Do-Wop inspired cover of “Chuck E’s in Love”, and the beachy vibes of “Summer Heat”, the album ends on a bitter-sweet note during “I See Your Face”, a minimalist heartfelt ballad with just Gilli, her beautiful singing voice, and a piano.

What is done particularly well in this album is Gilli’s way of portraying her emotions that make the songs feel relatable, personable and infectious. Gilli shares her pain, heartbreak and joy with her audience and genuinely makes us fall in love with the beautiful mess of emotions we feel every time we listen to the album.

The second half of this epic album will also contain 12 amazing songs, and is set to release February 19, 2021.

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I genuinely cannot put into words how much I loved classical composer Gustav Hoyer’s new single “Innocence”. The title of the track fits the composition perfectly from beginning to end with the choice of instruments and the floating feeling everything has. Hoyer has said before that it is his mission to break the stereotype that people always associate with classical music, and with this single and the rest of his discography, I believe that he is making his dream a reality.

The beauty in “Innocence” is the simplicity of the composition. Relying mainly on the string section of the Budapest Film Orchestra, Hoyer uses beautiful harps and swelling violins to give listeners an overwhelming feeling of warmth. While most of the song is very joyous, there is one part that contrasts from the rest, having a more dark and conflicting presence. The resolve from this section of darkness back into the light helps to relay the message of this song. There is so much to love about this song, no matter what your opinions about classical music are.

Gustav Hoyer has made a very impressive reputation for himself as a composer, and songs like “Innocence” perfectly display why. The way the composition of the song is able to bring emotions out of people is breathtaking. It’s songs like the ones Hoyer creates that remind me why I love playing in symphonies myself. “Innocence” is the second single to be debuted from Hoyer’s upcoming album. It is set to be released in the summer of 2021, and let me just say, I can’t wait.

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LA PORTEÑA TANGO New Show 2021 (Alma de Bohemio) La Porteña Tango with 13 years of experience and almost 700 concerts performed on stages in 20 countries on four continents dresses up to present a new show at the Gran Vía Theater in Madrid.
La Porteña proposes a modern and renewed show where music, dance and stories are intertwined that range from the deepest emotions, to mischief and humor. Remembering that Argentine Tango is a popular music and close to the public of all ages, moving it away from clichés and common places.

A show that invites us to stroll along a long and winding path that runs through the history of a music that was humbly born in the suburbs and ports of the Río de La Plata and transcended the world by its own power almost without even trying. The members of La Porteña never forgot those fundamental precepts and in their presentations the old classics of the genre coexist with the most modern sounds, the impudence, the new harmonies and the avant-garde of the compositions of the genius Astor Piazzolla to whom they dedicate a part of their new show especially, due to the centenary of his birth.

La Porteña Tango has 5 albums released with the mythical Melopea label of Argentina, with the production of Maestro Litto Nebbia and has presented with great repercussion his music and dance shows "Un Placer!" "Perfume de Tango" "Buenos Aires ... When I saw myself far away" "That they are going to talk to me about Love!" and "10 Years" in many of the most famous theaters and World Music festivals in the world, making more than 80 presentations per year and making them the group with the highest audience in Europe today.

The group, led by the guitarist Alejandro Picciano, together with the pianist Federico Peuvrel and the young revelation bandoneonist Matías Picciano, incorporates in June 2019 the exquisite and powerful voice of Melisa Fernández. Together they amaze the traditional tango spectator and seduce new interested parties who approach the genre due to its freshness and proximity. The poetry of Buenos Aires, tangos, waltzes, milongas, candombes and old country tangos are adorned with this dance so Argentine that it captivates the whole world and beautiful choreographies created by a stable dance corps with luxurious costumes and colorful audiovisuals, generating a unique and attractive staging.


ALEJANDRO PICCIANO, Guitar and Direction





Varro Vivyds is a Santa Cruz native who creatively captures her emotions and writes them in such a way where the audience will feel like they’re experiencing them too. Her melody work will have her songs playing in your head during the day, and keeping you up at night.

Varro Vivyds shares of the track:“Fool’s Gold was the first song I wrote after a six year hiatus due to struggling with active addiction,” said Vivyds. “It’s a beautifully written break up song about my first clean relationship, and first clean break up. Fool’s Gold is extremely relatable, and when you listen, it feels as if it was written for you personally.”

In her new single “Fool’s Gold”, Varro Vivyds captures this feeling with a pristine and immaculate perfection. Just like its subject matter, this track is deathly addicting. Its arrangement is minimal in the best way, there’s nothing you don’t want and everything you do.

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Multi-talented Sandhya, originally from New York but based in Baltimore, has built an impressive sound inspired by a melting pot of classic rock, jazz, and pop music. Sandhya is a writer, which explains the fabulous storytelling and imagery in her lyrics. Come Spring 2021, she hopes to release a full-fledged album with driving grooves similar to the gospel-funk “Last Two Standing.”

“Last Two Standing” is a mix of many genres. It has a wonderful way of combining sounds similar to Elton John and Pink Floyd (one of her favorites). The track is a love song mixed with a commentary on climate change and class. The lyrics highlight “the year 2083, when everybody is under sea.” The chorus provides a driving plea from the narrator to their partner, “Won’t you love me like we are the last two standing?” The power chords keep the song feeling upbeat, even with the slow swinging tempo.

Sandhya comments on the original intention for the song: “I started writing the first verse thinking it would turn out to be a political song expressing rage about wealth inequality and global climate change. But by the chorus it morphed into a beautiful, if slyly cynical, love song.”

Sandhya’s upcoming album, INNOCENT MONSTER, is definitely on our minds. We can’t wait to hear more power anthems like “Last Two Standing” from this fabulously talented singer, writer, producer, and the list goes on.

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Micropixie News via my Mailing List Hi all, Happy New Year! Flippin' heck, 2020 really opened my eyes... that year was all about connecting with one's vision right? I'm going to be sending out news of new projects via email. Please go here to sign up for my mailing list:

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NEW SINGLES !!! I've been extremely busy, these past few months between the online courses in studio production and studio engineering, i did find time to produce some new works , and i must say that those classes are paying off..
covid19 was a bit of blessing in disguise cause during the month long lock down i took to the studio and recorded over 12 songs , had the time to have polished and ready for the waves .
This only the start of the new year and I've already released 2 songs and a third one will be out the month end so be on the look out for more hot new singles from
Cha li x & the X Music House...