Located in what is now Nageezi, New Mexico, CHACO CANYON is a monument to an ancient world. Over 1500 years ago, this canyon was the site of a major urban hub for the Pueblo (Anasazi) people. A center of trade and religion, as well as for intellectual and architectural advancements (including the only known midday solstice marker in North America), Chaco Canyon was quite unlike anything this region had seen before. Looking to explore its mysteries through music, Rusty Crutcher captures its essence with this release from his "Sacred Sites" series. Including ambient sound effects from the site itself (owls, songbirds, rainstorms, footfalls on the dirt) mixed with flutes, synthesizer ambience and light percussion, CHACO CANYON lets listeners step back into time to experience the wonders for themselves.
Reminiscent of Celtic spirituality, women's and men's contemplative life at the abbey, stories of Arthur, Guinevere and Brigid herself, Isle of Avalon is a memoir in music, sound and voice of my encounter with the timeless presence of the Divine in feminine expression.
The songs in Love Dance were 'composed' during this first musical dialogue between these two gifted musicians, and were later recorded live, direct to digital, with no overdubs. You enjoy the sensitivity and warmth of their live performance as if you were there. And recording directly to the digital master gives you the cleanest, most dynamic sound. Forty-seven minutes of original composition, including Love Dance, Footprints, Remember When, Aperitif, Sweet Dreams, Evolution.
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MACHU PICCHU BY RUSTY CRUTCHER
Have you ever seen the ruins at Machu Picchu? If not, this sonic travelogue from instrumentalist/composer Rusty Crutcher may be the next best thing. MACHU PICCHU IMPRESSIONS is part of Crutcher's much toted "Sacred Sites" series, in which the artist travels to exotic destinations to capture their essence through music. Recorded during the "Harmonic Convergence" (August 1987), Crutcher crafts an impressionistic portrait of the Peruvian landmark, marrying live nature sounds recorded at the site with gentle flute-laden melodies. The sounds of waterfalls, birdsong, crickets, frogs, and other indigenous wildlife sounds do a wonderful job of transporting the listener to Macchu Picchu, while occasional drum beats, keyboard textures and sinuous flutes help to make the listener feel at home.