"Cloud Hands" is the fifth installment in Peter Kater's "Healing Series," and this time the CD cover states that the music is for "Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga, Walking, and All Spiritual/Physical Disciplinary Arts." Over his long and prolific career, Peter Kater has produced an astonishing amount of music, but he always seems to return to creating healing music for the mind, body, and spirit. The first two volumes in the Healing Series were originally released in 1997 and 1998, and then the third, fourth, and fifth volumes were released on the fall of 2008. "Cloud Hands" features Peter Kater on piano, synth, and sequencing; Richard Hardy on bamboo flutes; Mike Hamilton on acoustic guitars; and Pete Korpela and Michael Moses Tirsch on percussion. Gentle rhythms give this musical meditation a heartbeat while the flute, piano, and guitars weave their peaceful magic.
The title track begins with gongs along with exotic flute and percussion. Native American flutes and drums create a sense of vast open space and stillness. As the piano enters, the piece takes on a cinematic sweep that suggests images of the American Plains. I love this piece! "Bowls" includes singing bowls and a strong Middle Eastern influence. Most of the instrumentation is flute, guitar, and quiet percussion with synth washes in the background - ambient and calming. "Flutterby" is a peaceful spring morning set to music - pastel flowers and butterflies gracefully floating on a breeze. Wordless vocals are added to the mix, bringing a new dimension to the sound. "Shift In Time" is hypnotic with a repeated piano note pattern, gentle rhythm, and synth washes that give it a shimmer. "Heart Mudra" floats on an elegant cloud of soothing flute, guitar, and piano accompanied by exotic percussion instruments - this one could melt rocks! "Gentle Breeze" creates the feeling of a perfect day - fresh, serene, and lovely. "Bamboo Dance" begins with exotic sounds from flute, chimes, piano, and quiet percussion. The first 2 1/2 minutes are an interesting ambient interplay between these instruments, and then the piece becomes more of a "dance" for flute and piano with gentle rhythms in the background. Beautiful!
As always, Peter Kater and crew have outdone themselves. Recommended!
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CLOUD HANDS Music for Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga, Walking and ALL Spiritual/Physical Disciplinary Arts Physical disciplines are at their finest when integrated with the mind and spirit. This recording is a moving meditation in sound. A musical soundscape for your discipline and practice. Gongs, chimes and layered percussion textures patiently intiate and interplay with Multi-Grammy Award nominee, Peter Kater's, transcendent piano and synthesizers. Bamboo flutes. acoustic guitar and gentle rhythms dissolve the illusion of time. Let CLOUD HANDS guide you through the Doorway of the SIx Harmonies into Perfect Emptiness, Presence and Harmony. Peter Kater Piano and Synthesizers Richard Hardy Bamboo Flutes Mike Hamilton Acoustic Guitar Pete Korpela Percussion Michael Moses Tirsch Percussion PRODUCED BY PETER KATER All Songs Composed, Arranged and Mixed by Peter Kater at Point Of Light Studios in CA. All Songs Published by Kater Musc/BMI. 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 Nominations for his incredible body of work and sold millions of CD's. he has composed for film, television and Broadway but always returns to his love of creating "Healing" music for the mind, body and spirit. He was honored with the prestigious United Nations Environmental Leadership Award in recognition of his love, commitment and ...