Though born in Ukraine, composer Galina Grigorjeva has lived in Estonia since 1992 and has worked within that country's deep tradition of sacred choral music. She studied music in Tallinn in the mid-'90s, and her music is thus interesting in terms of representing the thoughts of a younger generation that has absorbed the holy minimalism of Arvo Pärt as well as a variety of other styles from the Slavic world and beyond. Indeed, the unifying stylistic thread of the six works on the album can be hard to find, and indeed the booklet notes by Saale Karede point to "the living light that glows through the music," most of it religious.
"…Obwohl es kaum eine dramatische Steigerung, kaum einen lauten, rhythmisch exaltierten Ausbruch gibt und die Musik meist mit gebremster Leidenschaft am Ohr entlangfließt, schmeichelt sie doch auch der Aufmerksamkeit: lyrischversonnene, schön klingende Duette, in Wahrheit jedoch meist begleitete Solostücke für das Saxophon. Im Spiel erkennt man zwei gute Musiker: den Gitarristen und Synthesizer-Spieler Harmssen und den Saxophonisten Jochen Voss, der einen klaren, festen Ton bläst. ~Die Zeit"
Originally released 1969 on Verve this is a truly lost jewel, released for the first time on CD. Joe Beck, one of the most famous jazz guitar players, recorded this album with fellow Donald McDonald on drums and among guest musicians is Danny Whitten, guitar player of Crazy Horse before they worked together with Neil Young. On this album Beck, influenced by Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, created a song-oriented psychedelic rock style with slightly jazz influences showing his remarkable guitar skills, including some fine Wah-Wah treatments. Really great stuff. CD comes with informative booklet.
"Coming Home" is a journey that evokes a sense of exploration into the cycles of life, weaving poetic lyrical and instrumental tapestries with organic world instruments. In this first full length album release, Urban Nature beautifully performs on a variety of instruments including bamboo and Native American flutes, guitar, voice, tabla, sarod, zither, slot drum, jaw harp, and percussion.
Antony Kalugin is a prolific musician and composer from Ukraine. His bands Karfagen, Sunchild and Hoggwash plus his solo albums has gained him many fans.