"Ambrosia" is Volume 3 in Peter Kater's "Healing Series." The CD cover says that this is "Music for Purification, Inspiration, Exaltation, and Self Expression;" I might add "relaxation and pure listening enjoyment." I would also caution the listener that what it is NOT is music to wake up to - it fails miserably in that regard as I slept through the whole CD both times I had it in my wake-up alarm. I expect that this news will delight Kater and crew rather than offending them, considering the nature of the music. The quartet of musicians is Peter Kater in his usual place on the piano bench, Jaques Morelenbaum on cello, Richard Hardy on bamboo flute and zaphoon, and Pete Korpela on "ambient percussion." The combination of flute, piano, and cello is a hauntingly beautiful one that soothes and refreshes, and the music is slow, graceful, and incredibly moving. Peter Kater is one of the most prolific composers on the planet, and it never ceases to amaze me how consistently high the quality of his music is - he never disappoints. The six tracks on "Ambrosia" contain elements of improvisation, and the artists play together seamlessly with no one trying to stay in the forefront - a true collaboration with egos set aside and the focus on the music.
The album begins with "The Yearning," a pensive piece that introduces all four artists. More ambient than melodic, it sets a quiet mood and seduces the listener into a dreamy state of mind. "At Heaven's Gate" is a 10 1/2 minute duet for bamboo flute and piano. One would be hard-pressed to find a more restful, dreamy piece of music. My favorite combination of musical instruments is piano and cello, and "Reconciliation" is an amazing reminder of the evocative sound they create together. The cello is smooth and sensual against the more percussive quality of the piano. What a beauty! The title track is a bit lighter and more fluid. All four artists play on this one, creating a magical spell. "Exaltation" begins in the low register of the piano along with a mysterious drone on the flute. The interplay with flute and piano continues, along with gentle and exotic percussion - gorgeous! "Temperance" again combines all four artists and sounds like it is mostly improvised - free and from the heart.
"Ambrosia" is a delightful addition to the Healing Series. Recommended!
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AMBROSIA Music for Purification, Inspiration, Exaltation and Self Expression. In ancient Greek mythology Ambrosia was sometimes the food, sometimes the drink of the gods and is often depicted as conferring ageless immortality upon whomever consumes it. It was brought to the Gods in Olympus by doves as a kind of divine exaltation of the Earth. It was also said that Ambrosia could cleanse all defilement from the flesh; that the effect of the years would be stripped away; that one would be cleansed, purified and returned to innocence. This recording by multi-Grammy Award nominee, Pianist-Composer, Peter Kater, with renowned Brazilian Cellist, Jaques Morelenbaum, and multi-instrumental flutist, RIchard Hardy, is an intoxicating elixir of sound. True nectar for the soul. It is the sound of Ambrosia. Peter Kater Piano Jaques Morelenbaum Cello Richard Hardy Bamboo Flutes and Zaphoon Pete Korpela Ambient Percussion PRODUCED BY PETER KATER 1. The Yearning 2. At Heaven's Gate 3. Reconciliation 4. Ambrosia 5. Exaltation 6. Temperance All Songs Composed, Arranged, Recorded and Mixed by Peter Kater at Point Of Light Studios in CA. All Songs Published by Kater Musc/BMI. Jaques Morelenbaum was recorded at Casa Do Mato Studios in Rio De Janiero, Engineered by Don Sebastian. Mastered by Dave Glasser at Airshow Mastering in Boulder Colorado. Art Design by Jeff Lancaster for LCG. Peter Kater plays Young Chang Pianos Special Thanks to Sue Sherman Peter Kater has received many Grammy Award ...