Sound Garden-Spirit Music
Sound Garden ~ Spirit Music is a series of collaborations between composer Judi Silvano and master musician Joe Lovano. They both play woodwind instruments and a beautiful array of gongs and percussion instruments. Judi plays flute, alto flute and alto recorder while Joe plays wood shakuhachi flute, bass clarinet and bass recorder. These tracks are musical improvisations which evolved from their interwoven personal and long musical relationship. Judi sings only sporadically on this disc and uses her voice often as an evocative ccompaniment for Joe's melodic excursions. There is a spatial quality to this set of music, which leaves room for quiet reflection, peaceful breathing and a calm appreciation of the world around us. Reviews from Listeners: The drifting pastoralism of this music coasts along on flutes, recorders and gongs set amid a bed of bells and reverberating percussion. A good accompaniment to a soft snowfall. Jason Bivins, Cadence Magazine This is a lovely offering by a great musical couple, from their hearts. The music is enchanting and haunting as the candle flickers: mysterious gongs shimmer and help us float away. Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery News I put on this CD one afternoon to calm the children for their nap and it was so smooth and relaxing that it helped them quiet down and go to sleep. Bev Mammato, a working grandmother Sound Garden - Spirit Music (JSL Records) is a peaceful musical journey of East-Indian and jazz-influenced music. The improvisations featuring flutes, recorders, gongs and percussion, voice, and reed instruments (such as alto and bass clarinets) are played by two veteran musicians showcasing their empathy and partnership in music and in life. The music transcended mere tunes and what otherwise might be expected from music, touching upon something actually quite spiritual.. Laurence Donohue-Greene, Editor, All About Jazz.