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Transmigration

by Al Jewer & Andy Mitran

This CD is the product of our collaboration with extraordinarily talented friends. An eloquent and diverse musical journey in celebration of friendship and transformation, it's the perfect playlist for relaxation or active listening.
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1. Talking Stone (feat. Miriam Stockley & Tony Levin)
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2. Portal (feat. Richard Gannaway & Adam Ben Ezra)
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3. First Crossing (feat. Jeff Pearce)
5:26 $0.99
4. Council Fire (feat. Jeff Oster)
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5. Rendezvous (feat. Ricky Kej)
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6. Cloudwalker (feat. Lisa Downing)
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7. Red Road (feat. TC Furlong & Biff Blumfumgagnge)
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8. Transmigration (feat. Vito Gregoli & Kimberly Haynes)
7:17 $0.99
9. Unfolding Path (feat. Biff Blumfumgagnge)
4:39 $0.99
10. Passage (feat. Muriel Anderson)
6:17 $0.99
11. Higher Elevations (feat. Kraig McCreary)
5:22 $0.99
12. The Intention (feat. Paul Von Mertens)
4:58 $0.99
13. Quiet Waters (feat. Muriel Anderson & Sherry Finzer)
6:42 $0.99
14. Event Horizon (feat. TC Furlong & Biff Blumfumgagnge)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
We are very happy and proud to share Transmigration with you.

We have come into community with a group of immensely talented musicians and and composers who have chosen to take this journey with us. We are so grateful to them for sharing their gifts. It is truly our pleasure to be in the company of some of our very favorite artists. By joining us with their energy and talent this album has become much more than the sum of it’s parts.

It is truly a journey with friends.

Transmigration represents Al and Andy’s fifth CD and an exciting new direction for their music. Featuring 22 collaborators on 14 new tunes, this diverse collection of music manifests as the perfect playlist for relaxation or active listening. Blending the influences of New Age, World, Ambient and Jazz, Transmigration creates a journey of spirit and metamorphosis for the listener.

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El Cerrito Records

Beautiful and well done!
This is just beautiful and well done! We are so glad to see so many acclaimed and accomplished musicians in this album.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
To say that "Transmigration" is eclectic would be a great understatement! Subtitled “A Journey With Friends,” the album is a collaboration with Al Jewer and Andy Mitran plus twenty-two other artists including Miriam Stockley, Tony Levin, Jeff Oster, Jeff Pearce, Ricky Kej, Lisa Downing, Vito Gregoli, and Sherry Finzer. Al Jewer and Andy Mitran’s previous albums have garnered an impressive number of awards and nominations, and there is little doubt that Transmigration will do the same. On their website, Jewer and Mitran describe the project this way: “This album speaks of a journey that these very special people are taking with us. It is a journey that starts with a simple introduction that leads to a conversation and ends with the metamorphosis of that conversation into a formless beautiful piece of music that contains elements of us all. This CD has been about two years in the making and includes a rare and awesome group of collaborators and friends. They are among our most admired artists and composers and we are thrilled beyond belief to have worked with them to bring you this album.” Ranging from smooth jazz to ambient to ethnic, from new age to blues to world music, this impressive album covers a huge amount of musical territory with its fourteen tracks yet stays cohesive throughout. Al Jewer and Andy Mitran have been making music together for more than fifteen years, and each artist/composer is proficient on an impressive and diverse selection of musical instruments that include guitars, flutes, piano and keyboards, percussion and drums, marimba, accordion, and singing bowls to name only a few.

"Transmigration" starts out with “Talking Stone,” which speaks to the intention of the journey. Miriam Stockley’s vocals and Tony Levin’s bass blend with Jewer’s elbow guitar and Mitran’s piano, drums, percussion, and synths in a piece that incorporates elements of jazz, chant and world music - an intriguing beginning! “Portal” becomes more exotic and draws from several different cultures to create something unique. “First Crossing” features Jeff Pearce on guitar and is somewhat more ethereal and ambient - very smooth and relaxing! “Council Fire” is described as “a celebration of friendship and collaboration” and features Jeff Oster on flugel horn. It begins with an air of mystery, but becomes more playful and upbeat as it evolves. “Rendezvous” was co-composed by Ricky Kej and has a joyful Indian spirit that is both exciting and fun. Lisa Downing, one of my favorite pianists, co-composed and plays on “Cloudwalker,” described as “ascending to transformation, floating together” - musical magic! TC Furlong’s pedal steel gives “Red Road” a country slow-dance feeling. The title track features Vito Gregoli on guitars, sitar, charango, and dobro in a cross-cultural piece that is in turn rhythmic, lively, graceful, mystical, and more. “Unfolding Path” is the sound of a magical sunrise. “The Intention” is one of my favorites. Darker and bluesier, I really like the cool, slinky quality of this one! The very peaceful “Quiet Waters” includes Muriel Anderson on harp guitar and Sherry Finzer on alto flute. Slow and gracefully haunting, I really like this one, too! “Event Horizon” brings us to the final transformation of the journey, calm and at peace.

"Transmigration" is indeed and warm and inviting “journey with friends,” presenting a varied palette of musical colors and styles. Highly recommended.
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Steve Sheppard

From One World Music Radio
From the moment I played this album on the radio, I started to receive numerous messages asking me about it, it literally burst onto the musical scene and I am sure over the next few weeks will completely take over the airwaves and the world 100 chart with it, it is that good, in fact I would go further, this is an exceptional work of art.
Transmigration was like a home coming for us, it contains the skills of two OWMR presenters’, one former and one current and several artists who I would call friends on it. This quite amazing release started with Miriam Stockley’s vocalizations powering the narrative of the upbeat and indigenous styled composition called Talking Stone, as the journey for us all begins right now.
From the intensity of the last track, we move away from the oracle like talking stone, to the very Portal itself, the performance on percussion here by Mitran really adds weight to the piece, while Jewer on flute draws us into the portal, the movement found in this piece is so very compelling, one literally feels like they are being drawn into an entirely new realm through the music.
That crossing is now engaged, the pathway has been initiated and we find through the track First Crossing, a perfect musical depiction of that very event. Mitran’s ability here as a multi-instrumentalist is stunning, why not also take a careful listen to the very carefully played Marimba and Accordion, aiding our transition to a new realm beautifully.
Once our crossing has been completed, we are welcome around the Council Fire, the elders and ancestors greet our arrival and ask us to take some time by their warming flames of friendship. While we do so we can listen to a flawless track that has some dazzling Flugel Horn by the man himself, Jeff Oster, this combined with more sumptuous flute from Jewer and a slapping bass line from Bob Lizik, make this track a lively, but enticing composition indeed.
So we have made the crossing, we are here; we have transmigrated, so perhaps it’s time to experience this new dimension. Here is a track that really raises the anticipation of new journeys, of new liaisons and called Rendezvous. Utilising the skills of Ricky Kej, Vanil Veigas, and Butto, with the added instrumentation of an eastern feel, was nothing more than a stroke of genius. The extra layer of Karthika Lyers vocals were beautifully textured, to create a composition of real excitement.
Now we have reached a point where we must alter our state once more, create a light body and move between the tick and tock of the clock with the Cloudwalker. Featuring Lisa Downing on Piano, Jewers Native American Flute is incredible, creating such a mood of mystery and imagination as we all float along in a world of surrounding skies.
Red Road for anyone who knows, the term is about walking in honour and in your truth, doing the right thing, this is where we are on your musical journey dear listener and while we take some time to enjoy this respect and new friendships, take in the marvellous Violin of Biff Blumfumgagnge, the soothing Pedal Steel of T C Furlong, this is one piece that literally flows like a summer river.
The energy rises again now as we begin to experience new things and we assimilate the information and energy of these wonderful new understandings and can completely enjoy the musicianship of Mitran and Jewer on this most passionate title track called Transmigration, it also contains some fine acoustic guitar from Vito Gregoli and some gentle all-encompassing vocals from Kimberley Haynes, again Mitran’s percussion is spot on, and brings us a thrilling arrangement.
The day has been long and we have seen so many incredible things, we slept in the forest over night and it was indeed much needed, but even now small rays of sunlight are penetrating our canopy of natural beauty, and once more it is time to get underway. We can use the energy of Jewer and Mitran to get us moving, we can also delight in the tender tones of the electric piano and flute to illuminate our way, in this deeply empowering, but energising piece called Unfolding Path.
I really hope you’re enjoying this exquisite voyage, we have made many friends along the way, the sun is warming, their chatter comforting, and perhaps this moment should be dedicated to them all. The magical Harp Guitar of Muriel Anderson leads the way; the masterful flute of Al Jewer is quite breath-taking as we enjoy this segment of good company through music in the track Passage.
The beauty of the moment is about to be emphasized here even further, in the piece Higher Elevations. This is really a fun track, almost reggae in the early part and then flows quite naturally into a Jazzy style with consummate ease, we can hear the flair of Andy Mitran of guitar, while Mike Cichowicz on Trumpet and Paul Von Merterns on Saxophone adds a whole new layer to the track, a composition that literally soars on high, with the wings of love.
Well there always has to be a time when all journeys end, or do they? Perhaps the road is endless, but for now we can make our way back feeling fulfilled, feeling empowered and energised by the sojourn. This beautifully sensual arrangement will do you just nicely dear reader; the Saxophone of Paul Von Merterns alone is enough to make you drool and the performance by Mitran, this time on piano, is so very wonderfully laid back on the piece, The Intention.
So were here we stand on the threshold of the penultimate track, the end is in site and the doorway home is slowly opening, but our home is guided by our heart and what we see manifesting before us is beyond the like of anything we have ever seen before, the beauty of unconditional love perhaps? On Quiet Waters Jewer and Mitran show why they are such an incredible partnership, the conversation between Sherry Finzer on Alto and Al Jewer on Native American Flute is wonderful, and then adding Harp Guitar of Anderson, you have a born winner from start to finish; this is a truly picturesque and magnificent composition.
Sadly it is time to leave the realm of Al Jewer and Andy Mitran, our footsteps through the woodland of Transmigration are over for now and we must end with the final track called Event Horizon. There can be no doubt that this was a journey of the ages and ended in fine style with some simply calming multi instrumental genius.
Transmigration is so far my top album of 2016, its one of those you may wait for years to come along, but when it does, you fall head over heels in love instantly. The quality and standard of the musicians contained within speak volumes for their intent, the narrative is strong, and truth be told, there is nothing in this album not to like. I can see big things on the event horizon for Jewer and Mitran with Transmigration and if ever a release deserved it, this one most certainly does.
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
Al Jewer and Andy Mitran’s music has always been a collaborative process between the two of them, although their last album included a special guest who played on a few tracks. However on “Transmigration,” which is subtitled “a journey with friends,” they have called in the cavalry and enlisted the collaboration of 22 guest artists! I don’t know if this makes the Guiness Book of World Records, but suffice it to say, this is quite a production. I want to emphasize that throughout the album, as well as within individual tracks, Andy and Al each play an enormous number of very diverse acoustic and electronic instruments including flutes, piano, synthesizers, guitar, bass, percussion, and many more, too numerous to list in detail. Reading the liner notes, one cannot help but be impressed with their extraordinary abilities both as multi- instrumentalists and composers.

The album opens with a composition entitled “Talking Stone” and features a pair of special guests that Andy and Al had wanted to work with for a long time, vocalist Miriam Stockley (Adiemus and AO Music) and bassist Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel and King Crimson). Right from the beginning of this first track I could feel a different ambience between this album and their previous one, “Surrounding Sky.” While that one was characterized by expansive ethereal soundscapes, “Transmigration” starts out with a more earthy grounded energy that features Miriam’s gorgeous vocals drifting over a rhythmic foundation with perhaps a slight trace of Native American influence making for a powerful beginning to the album. The earthy ethnic vibe continues on the next track, “Portal,” which features Israeli bassist Adam Ben Ezra along with the multi-talented Richard Gannaway from AO Music on bouzouki.

Maintaining a light rhythmic undercurrent, but with more airy overtones is “First Crossing” that features one of my favorite new age musicians, Jeff Pearce, whose shimmering textural electric guitar adds a spacious dimension to this dreamy transitional piece. And speaking of my favorite musicians, Jeff Oster with his trademark ambient flugelhorn graces a track called “Council Fire,” along with bassist Bob Lizik, on a song that “celebrates friendship and collaboration.” Two instruments I have a special affinity for are guitar and harp, and on a delicate composition called “Passage,” they are beautifully combined in the sound of Muriel Anderson who plays a unique hybrid instrument called, appropriately enough, a harp-guitar. Although I would like to describe all the incredible special guests and instruments that contributed to the sound of this album, I’ll refer people to the website for this album to read that detailed information.

“Transmigration” is a tour de force recording from veteran music producers Al Jewer and Andy Mitran, which takes the listener through a myriad of sonic spaces on a richly orchestrated musical journey. Like their earlier critically-acclaimed and award winning albums, I have no doubt that “Transmigration” will certainly garner esteemed accolades as well. Andy Mitran and Al Jewer are superbly gifted, multi-talented artists whose creativity knows no bounds, and who are emerging as ones to watch in the new age and ambient music genres.

To read a full-length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit:
MichaelDiamondMusic.com
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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
Following a string of highly-acclaimed albums that emphasized a more ethno-ambient style of music, Al Jewer and Andy Mitran turn their attention towards a more world fusion sound with a celebratory sonic journey titled “Transmigration”. Featuring collaborations with twenty-two talented musicians, the compositions traverse across many musical landscapes as they meet up with familiar friends along the way. Nearly all of the tracks feature the duo’s varying ethnic percussion, flutes, keyboards and synthesizers, plus each of the contributing artists’ signature instruments, which include varying kinds of flutes, bass, guitars, brass instruments, ethnic instruments, and a light sprinkling of vocals. The album comes beautifully packaged and designed, with detailed liner notes and a photo gallery showcasing most of the artists.

“Talking Stone” opens the album with the voice of Miriam Stockley, who is perhaps best known for her work with Adiemus and AOMusic. Her familiar tribal-esque vocals lend an energetic and sunny feel to the song. “First Crossing” is among the album’s more atmospheric pieces, as well as one of my favorites. The track features Jeff Pearce on electric guitar, which is beautifully complimented by marimba and subtle accordion. Other standouts include “Cloudwalker”, with Lisa Downing on piano, accompanied by native flutes and singing bowls; the glistening, nocturnal-sounding “Unfolding Path”, featuring Biff Blumfumgagne on violin; the mysterious and gently romantic “Quiet Waters”, with its delicate chimes and cymbals that are joined by Muriel Anderson on harp guitar and Sherry Finzer on alto flute; and the serene, percussion-free closing track, “Even Horizon”, featuring TC Furlong on pedal steel guitar and more violin by Biff Blumfumgagne. Other notable contributions include Jeff Oster’s flugelhorn on the more funk-driven “Council Fire”, as well as Ricky Kej on “Rendezvous”, who lends keyboards to this Indian-flavored piece, which also features vocal contributions by Karthika Lyer.

While “Transmigration” varies between lively festivities and tranquil moments, the overall mood is consistent and uninterrupted by musical detours. Despite the variety of artistic contributions, I was quite impressed by how the album entirely avoids veering off into overly bombastic terrain, or sounding like a mere compilation of wildly varying styles of music. Al Jewer and Andy Mitran have once again crafted an impeccably well-done offering, carving a distinctive new path in this wondrously gifted duo’s growing body of work!
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