Title - 'Deeper Imaginings'
Artist - Paul Adams & Elizabeth Geyer
Bringing together some of the worlds most accomplished musicians, Deeper Imaginings (released this past November 10th, 2019 via Lakefront Records), by Paul Adams and Elizabeth Geyer, is a follow-up to 2015's Imaginings (which debuted #1 on the iTunes new age chart and was the Zone Music Reporter's best Contemporary Instrumental Album of the year).
Indeed, it was actually a journey of happenstance, whimsy and the joy of sharing music and love between cultures that these vibrantly wonderful and extremely talented musicians even came together.
Elizabeth came all the way from Australia. Pravin Godkhindi played bansuri flute in India. Alp Akmaz who played the balaban (similar to duduk) is from Turkey. Former trumpet soloist and arranger David Hoffman is based in Illinois, and Gary Green of the legendary UK band Gentle Giant added gentle guitar.
1. 'Endless Horizon'
2. 'The Unfolding'
4. 'New Morning'
5. 'Essence & Flow' (feat. Elizabeth Geyer)
7. 'Still Meadows'
9. 'All That I Am'
11. 'Hope for the Game'
Perfectly described as new age contemplative instrumental music poetically presented with an influence of world music in the vein of Peter Gabriel, Paul Winter, Ravi Shankar and Brian Eno, the album begins with the atmospheric 'Endless Horizon' before bringing us the ethereal ambiance of 'The Unfolding' and then the calm, meditative running waters of 'Acceptance.'
The awe-inspiring awakening of dawn is captured perfectly through 'New Morning' which is backed seamlessly by both 'Essence & Flow' (which truly showcases the heartfelt and soulful piano work of Elizabeth Geyer), and then come the gossamer tones of 'Allowing.'
The celestial vibe of 'Still Meadows' is one of my own personal favorites here on this new album and is followed by a pair of the longest tracks, at six minutes each, first the Far East-imbued 'Awakening,' and then the milieu cohesiveness of 'All That I Am.'
The album then rounds out with 'Evening,' which allows Alp Akmaz to present to us his balaban (double-reed wind instrument) skills and then comes to a close with the upbeat, gentle pop hipsway of the spoken word 'Hope for the Game.'
"We like to work toward a harmonious cross cultural blend of richness, passion and growth," Paul Adams says. "We love the idea of collaboration with the finest musicians in the world such as David Hoffman (trumpet soloist/arranger Ray Charles), the genius of India's premier bansuri flute player Pravin Godkhindi, Alp Akmaz from Turkey, Gary Green (formerly with the UK band Gentle Giant) and others."
"Embracing serenity and wearing music like a warm comforting coat is how I would describe our approach. At a time when the earth seems to shrink and we come closer together, we need to embrace our differences in support during these challenging times."
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