Boku's exquisite 11-minute guitar piece is the highlight of this low-key and surprisingly diverse (more than a dozen ethnicities represented) 2000 collection of village instrumentals and vocal tracks, including delirious pygmy yodels.
By Robert Phoenix on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Outside the realm of typical new age music, this album exudes the pure essence of Zen. Iwamoto is widely considered the master of the shakuhachi (Japanese flute), and his compositions come as close to a clear manifestati...
By Chris Nickson on 04.22.11 in Reviews
While klezmer is usually played by a full band, this duo proves that the music can work just as effectively with only piano and clarinet. From the opening "Medley" onward, the instruments support and push each...
By Richard Gehr on 04.22.11 in Reviews
The roots of Brazilian samba and bossa nova lie in Candomble, the Afro-Brazilian spiritual practice in which driving drums aid chanting believers in harnessing the power of cooperative deities.
By Chris Nickson on 03.29.02 in Reviews
Bang a gong! Gamelan at its best Bang a gong — or a metal tube, or many other things. Gamelan music (the term actually refers to the instruments, not the music itself) at times might just seem like randomly hittin...