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Mystic Journey

"Mystic Journey takes you there.  Close your eyes, trust, and you will go somewhere else.  When you return, you'll be different... better.  Your inner windshield wipers will have washed off what you don't need.  What you need... is a Mystic Journey.”
- John Densmore (The Doors)

Mystic Journey is Suzanne Teng (world flutes), Gilbert Levy (world strings and percussion), Dann Torres (guitar and oud), and Jon Ossman (bass and dilruba). This unique world music ensemble creates a new type of instrumental music that is ethereal and exotic, soulful and healing, and “Sensual and Serene,” as described by Billboard Magazine.

Mystic Journey has created music that is not only critically acclaimed, but has won them numerous awards such as the Independent Music Awards (twice), International Acoustic Music Awards, and the Los Angeles Music Awards. Their music has been licensed for hundreds of independent film and video projects and was featured on the show America’s Got Talent. Recognized not only for their musicianship and high production quality, their recordings have been described as sacred, relaxing and heart opening and their work has been used in numerous healing recordings, films and videos, including a special CD compilation of their pieces created by the pharmaceutical company Genentech that was distributed to over 50,000 patients to aid in their recovery.

“Mystic Journey…lifts the listener to a place where beauty, ecstasy and tranquility reside” (Whole Life Times) both in recordings and live performances, as demonstrated in venues where they have performed such as the Dalai Lama’s International World Festival of Sacred Music, where they were featured artists each year of the festival.

Husband and wife team Teng and Levy wrote all of the pieces on their newest release, "Kingdom of Mountains. The 10 tracks are mystical musical journeys that feature numerous rare and beautiful instruments from around the world.

Their earlier albums were released under Suzanne Teng (debut album "Mystic Journey" and their meditative/healing album "Enchanted Wind") as well as Suzanne Teng & Mystic Journey ("Miles Beyond"), but over the years, as they performed around the country and internationally, their ensemble developed a magical synergy that is embraced in this exciting new release, and co-bandleaders Teng and Levy decided they wanted to move forward as simply Mystic Journey.

Gilbert plays the evocative Swiss metal hand drum called the “hang” on many of the tracks. He also plays African and Middle Eastern hand percussion as well as a very unique personalized drum set . His years of experience as a professional drummer in both the world of pop/rock/jazz as well as world music gives Levy the ability to create rhythms that are musical, and music that is rhythmic. Years ago, after a hand injury that led him to take a break from hand drums, he started to explore stringed instruments and the album features beautiful performances on the African bass harp (ngoni) on the track “Midnight in Bamako” and the bass dulcimer and Turkish saz on numerous tracks. He also used his extraordinary technical knowledge to engineer and mix the album.

The Los Angeles Times has described Suzanne as a “brilliant flutist” who “plays music for the soul.” She plays an array of flutes from around the world on the album. Many of the tracks feature her on the deep and soulful alto and bass flutes. She is a YAMAHA artist representing the low flutes (also called Harmony Flutes) on which she is well known and recognized worldwide for her unique style of playing. On Kingdom of Mountains, she also plays the Chinese bamboo flute (dizi) on the track “Delicate Rainbow Flower,” the rare Chinese gourd wind instrument (hulusi) on “Yunnan,” Native American flute on “Kingdom of Mountains,” and bamboo flute on the entrancing piece “I Dream of a Castle.” Listening to Suzanne’s emotional flute lines , you can feel your heart opening, as one of her passions is to create music that is healing and transportive.

Recognized in the industry for her skillful, creative and moving flute playing, she can be heard on hundreds of recordings and soundtracks, including commercials for Kleenex, Dodge, Johnny Walker and the film “300” and she performed live on several of the Survivor finale shows

Fellow bandmates Dann and Jon are seasoned Los Angeles musicians who have performed and recorded extensively. Dann has a musical project called Ambient Oud that features his extraordinary Arabic lute playing on several of his own recordings. His beautiful guitar playing is reminiscent of Will Ackerman, but is unique to himself with special tunings and a masterful touch.

Jon has toured with many of the greats such as Marc Cohn, Blood Sweat and Tears and Chris Botti and also writes music for highly successful infomercials and videos. He also plays sitar and the hauntingly beautiful Indian fiddle called Dilruba with skill and delicacy, adorning the magical opening track “Subhadra” with a yearning that transports the listener to an ancient and holy time.

Mystic Journey invites their listeners to join them on a mystical, musical journey…

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