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Links to Music Makers
Here are some CDs of music-making friends who have that certain quality to open the heart and deepen the silence.
These links are offered for you to explore; the CDs are not for sale through this website. For further information or to hear tracks from the albums click the links. Most of the musicians listed below travel widely and can be heard in concert - catch them if you can. And enjoy.
Lawrence Ball is a composer and performer. He writes: Music is now moving into the possibility of neither ignoring nor over-emphasising the darker side of expression. We are aware enough of darkness in society through both the popular media and the arts. We now need to know how to break through it, ours and others, into a sane, responsible and expressive light. You can read more about Lawrence Ball and his music at www.lawrenceball.org.
Carey Parder is a musician and composer who runs HummingBird Studios in Calgary, Alberta, just east of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. His enchantment with music began around seven years of age with the discovery of a dusty old Harmony arch-top guitar under his parents bed. The adventure of creating beautiful music continues with his latest album "Evening Light".
Evening Light is a meditative instrumental album featuring finger-style guitar textured with rich layers of ambient background music.
The entire album can be previewed at: www.cdbaby.com/cd/careyparder3
More music at www.careyparder.com
Alexandra Cherrington was born in Germany of an english mother and a german father, started life as an actress and model, and finally devoted herself to her passion, singing. She sang in parisian clubs with rock groups, and was the lead singer of the evergreen quartet "This girl's in love with you". She has produced her first album, Play of Love, with her partner Tony Ballester. Alexandra also offers satsang.
A wonderfully rhythmical and upbeat collection of original and traditional music from India, Israel, Brazil and elsewhere performed by a talented group of musicians resident or associated with the gathering place called PachaMama on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.
Lori-Ann Speed is a gifted pianist. On this recording of a concert in Vancouver her own beautifully tuneful piano pieces alternate with spoken tracks of contemplative words from many sources.
On an earlier CD, Art as Flirtation with Surrender she accompanies her own English and French poems on keyboard with a rich and rhythmical backing of guitar, violin, cello, trumpet, shakuhachi, and a wide variety of percussion. In the Wake of a Whisper is another CD of strong piano pieces, in turns wistful and passionate, backed by guitar and synthesizer.
The New Day contains two beautiful songs that Linn Stokke wrote for the 2007 Religion, Science and the Environment Symposium. You can hear them at www.linnstokke.com. Linn's evocative debut album, Unfolding, can also be ordered through her website. The music is inspired by jazz, chamber music, pop and country, and Linn's strong and lovely voice is the undisputed focus. Linn also offers satsang.