MUSIC REVIEWS
By Chuck Diliberto

 


Two Moons
Torchlight Creek
Torchlight Creek Music
In “Two Moons”, composers Ken Hill (guitar and synthesizer) and Dan MacCallum (flute and synthesizer) immersed themselves into a musical odyssey that searched for meanings and answers. This was not a cerebral search though. It was more of a journey where feelings, intuition, and an _expression of soul led the way. Their music conveyed a sensual priority where all was sacred and beloved. Each of these composers exhibited a natural ability to allow their compositions to penetrate the heart zone.

The music was introspective, relying more on exploring the inner realms of consciousness than venturing outward into the material world. Contemplative synthesizer soundscapes resonated in baroque choruses that combined with an ethereal mixture of soulful flute playing and inquiring guitar fills.

The music emanated from another dimension, overflowing with so much feeling and grace that it poured into the here and now to titillate our senses to listen. The soul dynamics of the music were infectious but never overstated. Each song unobtrusively permeated the consciousness, gently flowing to merge with our feelings.

It was obvious that Hill and MacCallum were both trained and skilled musicians. Their application of their skills created a musical opus that was truly original without being forced or faked. They were not trying to make a statement about how good they were as musicians. They took this opportunity to communicate the intangibles and the invariables in their lives without pretension or posturing.

The music stood as a signpost to Hill and MacCallum’s muse, uninterested in producing something commercial, and, also having the courage to explore the hidden recesses of their soul and consciousness. “Two Moons” is a very beautiful offering that deserves a full listen.

For more information, please see www.torchlightcreek.com


Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai  
(Volume I)
Kitaro
Domo Records
It can be said that the experience gained along the journey of the Spiritual path leads to an infinite wisdom of soul and being. This saying aptly describes Japanese composer and musician Kitaro. Kitaro has always sought out the steps of the Journeyers before him, looking to interpret their Spiritual quests through his own experience and music.

His thirst for world peace and harmony has taken him to sacred places all around the planet. Each of these sacred places resonated with the events that previously took place there. This resonance has become Kitaro’s muse of inspiration, compelling him to create music that has captured the majesty, grace, and awe of those sacred sites.

In “Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai” Kitaro embarked on a Spiritual pilgrimage to the island of Shikoku, Japan. There on the island he revisited the temples that Buddhist holy man Ku-Kai visited more than 1,100 years ago. The music is steeped with reverence and magic. Each musical passage is delicately unwound as guitars and synthesizers merge modern soundscapes with the ancient bell sounds from the sacred temples of Shikoku. This musical blend stretched out into divine choral chanting that harkened the invisible nature of Spirit, timeless and omnipresent.

Kitaro’s own Spiritual growth gently emanated through every note. His compassion for all peoples of the world shined brightly in the same way a mother would nurture her newborn baby. You could feel the unconditional love supporting the movement and the meaning of his music, drawing from the energy that is the heart of love. Kitaro has shown again an amazing natural propensity to dispense meditative, introspective, reflective, and soothing music. This is a must have!

For more information, log onto website www.domo.com




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