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Tim Clement and Kim Deschamps’ Wolf Song Night

Classifying things seems to be, for some reason, a basic human need. And it is axiomatic that our systems for classification have built-in limits and conceptual gaps: Archaeopteryx lithographica is, therefore, a bird. And Wolfsong Night, a collaboration between Tim … Continue reading

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Jody Marshall’s Cottage in the Glen; Malcolm Dalglish’s Jogging the Memory

Jody Marshall has a distinct facility for drawing together a variety of musical threads into a rich and engaging weave. Cottage in the Glen was my introduction to her music, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. One hallmark of this collection … Continue reading

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Thomas Barth’s Beyond Black & White

It is sometimes very difficult to get past the packaging of recordings to the substance (if there is substance, which is not always the case), particularly when dealing with new age music (“new age” being one of those categories we … Continue reading

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Coyote Oldman’s Tear of the Moon, Compassion, Floating on Evening: Songs from Otter River

I learned a very important concept about making art in a dance class, studying butoh, the contemporary Japanese dance-theater that is at once highly abstract and fundamentally impressionistic: evocation. Our movements were not to describe an action, but to evoke … Continue reading

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Agnus Dei’s Gaia

Agnus Dei was Gerald and Hilde Krampl; Hilde, a poet, died of cancer in 2002. This album, of piano works by Gerald based on Hilde’s last poems, may in some sense be taken as a tribute. Gerald Krampl was a … Continue reading

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Anders Hagberg and Johannes Landgren’s Of Air

Anders Hagberg and Johannes Landgren are both alumni of and teachers at the School of Music and Music Education of Göteborg University (Sweden). This recordingc is part of a series by the students and faculty of the School. The range … Continue reading

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Kristian Blak’s Ravnating/Concerto Grotto og Drangar/Klæmint

To be perfectly honest, I hadn’t expected to like the music of Kristian Blak. It does fall, to a large extent, under the rubric “new age,” although much more in the progressive jazz camp than my most favored artists from … Continue reading

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Caiseal Mór’s Divine Passion, Vol. 1: Rain Water; Beautiful Hands

Caiseal Mór, an Australian fantasy author with twelve novels (and counting) to his credit, is also a composer and musician who is currently working on a series of trance albums, of which Divine Passion is the first. It bills itself … Continue reading

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Clannad’s Landmarks

I always think of Clannad as an Irish traditional group, which they aren’t — at least, not any more. Traditionally grounded, yes, as one can see from their early recordings, but what has become their signature style incorporates bits of … Continue reading

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