Al Jewer & Andy Mitran | Surrounding Sky

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Surrounding Sky

by Al Jewer & Andy Mitran

Surrounding Sky provides beautifully pure ambient landscapes for meditation and relaxation. Diverse and unique instrumentation create a heartfelt and intimate experience.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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1. Oracle
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2. Butterfly
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3. Dawn
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4. Morning Light
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5. The World Beyond
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6. Back to the Heart
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7. Traveling
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8. Levels of Peace
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9. Moonrise
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10. Regeneration
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11. Transcendental
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12. Suspended
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13. Smoke
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"Surrounding Sky is an album that personally moved me, it is beautiful of course, it is extremely well produced and performed, but it has the energy within it of true artistic expression and in my opinion Jewer and Mitran have created something iconic here in an album that will never grow old." - Steve Sheppard / One World Music

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Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio

A Rare Moment of Musical Bliss
Oracle opens the album; this is a passionate floating slice of genius with the magical flute and sumptuous bass, creating a delightful start to the album.
Butterfly is next, I sit and watch the butterfly outside my studio window, as it dances to the tune of this composition, in perfect harmony with nature.
Dawn is such a beautifully sensual track, that it’s musically like a petal opening for the first time on a summer’s morning in slow motion.
Morning Light follows, the sound of a Tibetan Bowl and then a deep resonating bass fill our musical hearts on this absolutely incredibly moving arrangement, it swirls in and around our very beings and one can almost see the sunrise climb so very slowly into the sky through its refrains.
The World Beyond is up next. This is a spacious and vast composition that creates a place in which you can sonically bathe yourself. The mournful flute here is steeped in ancestral energy and manifests a sense of age and maturity in its notes, music for a journey beyond journeys perhaps?
Back to the Heart is a deeply moving arrangement that creates a well of moods and emotions. This is a piece that flutters in with some tempting percussion and proceeds to rumble and move with a slow intent like a distant storm on the horizon of an old day. The level of intensity in this piece is outstanding.
Travelling brings us a stunning array of instrumentation giving us a track with great movement, but in an even paced and assured way, the repetitive sense of this piece and the rhythmic percussion makes this a really addictive track to listen to.
We float now into the arms of the next song called Levels of Peace is an incredible composition. The very ambient and free opening to this song, the careful build and progression, the delicate piano which is in perfect symbiosis with the flute made this my favourite arrangement from the album, I could listen and bathe in this ambience all day long.
Moonrise is sheer genius, a track that literally pulls us skywards into the silver light of the night. This is my favourite track off the album.
Regeneration is powerful, deep, resonating far within the emotional range of our musical muse and promotes such a great imaginative ability to manifest images from the music. This is an absolutely stunning composition.
Transcendental starts in such a smooth way it’s almost deceiving. The chimes added here just create another layer to this latent composition of great power and oneness, it is simply impossible to leave this dramatic offering and would surely be music for a film score of some description if there is any justice in this world, this is simply outstanding.
The penultimate track is Suspended this has a lighter beginning, but that just expresses the desire of the music to describe the intent of the composition, as we float in bliss of this musical heaven. The waves of melody are indeed like the clouds that drift past above our heads and the sense of being part of that vast expanse suspended from above is so very real.
The last composition off the album Surrounding Sky is called Smoke, where the Flute and Piano join forces, creating a wonderful ambient space.
Surrounding Sky is an album that personally moved me, it is beautiful of course, it is extremely well produced and performed, but it has the energy within it of true artistic expression and in my opinion Jewer and Mitran have created something iconic here in an album that will never grow old and if you wish to also join me in enjoying a rare moment of total musical bliss, why not make getting this album your top priority for today.
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El Cerrito Records

Beautiful
Beautiful, soothing and powerful at the same time. This album takes us to a peaceful magical world. I strongly recommend listening to the entire album.
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
While many recording artists in the new age genre craft their musical masterpieces in solitude, others prefer the team approach to writing and recording. Andy Mitran and Al Jewer are among the latter, having been musical partners for about 15 years. In that time the dynamic duo created 4 CD’s and 4 DVD’s, which have generated numerous awards and nominations.

Right from the beginning of the first track entitled “Oracle,” the listener is drawn into a serene shimmering soundscape that perfectly reflects the photo of the ethereal Aurora Borealis on the album cover. While Al is well known for his beautiful playing on flute and electronic woodwind instrument, on the next song, “Butterfly,” he also plays electric guitar with an EBow - a handheld electronic device that creates infinite sustain when held over electric guitar strings. The effect can be quite haunting, as it is in this song along with Andy’s atmospheric synthesizers, subtle hand percussion, and chimes. After only two songs with eyes closed, I had to check to make sure my feet were still on the ground and I hadn’t drifted off into the ozone.

The harmonious combining of unlikely elements abounds within the tracks of “Surrounding Sky.” A good example is on “The World Beyond,” with the juxtaposition of Native American flute and the tampura, a stringed East Indian drone instrument that generally accompanies a sitar, adding a hypnotic and mystical dimension to the music. Another unusual bit of audio alchemy is found on “Traveling,” where along with Andy on marimba, synthesizers, and hand percussion, as well as Al’s electronic woodwind, special guest Arthur Durkee plays a Chapman Stick - an electronic instrument in the guitar family. From there, the remaining 6 tracks provide a continuous flow of expansive soundscapes that recall the classic sound of Hearts of Space and Echoes radio programs. Titles like “Levels Of Peace,” “Regeneration,” and “Suspended” give a good idea of the vibe of the music.

I was greatly impressed by the expansive array of instruments that were used and the unique ways in which they were blended by this pair of gifted recording artists. I found that listening with headphones gave me a greater appreciation of the subtle nuances as well as the dimensionality of their soundscapes. “Surrounding Sky“ is a masterpiece of ambient space music that I can’t recommend highly enough to fans of the genre.


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