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Beyond the Waves

by Ann Licater

Relax into a soulful journey. Beautiful and artfully-recorded, this flute-based collection of contemporary instrumentals feels like a "traveling meditation." Wood & silver alto flutes with piano, guitar, bass, percussion, violin and soft vocal layers.
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1. Rhythm of the Stars
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2. Halcyon Morning
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3. Blossoms Falling
5:17 album only
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4. Beyond the Waves
4:52 album only
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5. Island Garden
3:59 album only
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6. Sailing on Moonlight
6:27 album only
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7. Sunrise Blessing
2:00 album only
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8. Dreaming in Time
4:31 album only
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9. Song of the Willows
3:21 album only
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10. Echoes in the Mist
5:28 album only
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11. Shimmering Waters
5:30 album only
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12. Ocean Lullaby
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
4/7/2016 Review of Beyond the Waves by Jonathan Widran Music Writer (Jazziz, AllMusic, Music Connection)

“Nearly a decade after her debut album Following the Call established her as a rising star in the new age/healing/spa music realm, multi-talented flutist, composer and producer Ann Licater is still creating intimate, soul to soul experiences - only now, her vision is more lush, expansive and full of exciting crossover possibilities. Driven by some of her most thoughful and imaginative compositions ever, and an exciting ensemble of veteran musicians from a multitude of genres, her new album Beyond The Waves is a transcendent journey of the soul that will take the listener to a higher level of spiritual peace and enlightenment. As Ann's musical vision deepens, she beckons us to go deeper within ourselves.”

4/6/2016 Review of Beyond the Waves by Liz Doan, Music Buyer- Music Design

“For a musician, when it comes to naming their work of art and finding the right cover image to convey their musical message... that has to be everything. With Ann Licater's newest release, she totally hit the mark! Just look at this cover and envision "beyond the waves" and you will hear her most beautiful release to date. As the subtitle says, this album truly is "a soulful flute journey."
Sit back and relax yourself into a soulful, musical journey with BEYOND THE WAVES. This artfully-recorded collection of contemporary instrumental compositions by award-winning flutist Ann Licater offers a fresh and pristine sound with influences of new age, jazz and world music. Silver, alto and wood flutes blend beautifully with piano, guitar, bass, percussion, violin and soft vocal layers creating a refreshing, traveling meditation for well-being. This album, like her previous recordings is perfect for relaxation, rejuvenation and inner reflection. Let the waves carry you away and beyond.”

4/3/2016 by Lee Starkey, East West Magazine
“Like taking deep, rejuvenating breaths of clear mountain, desert, and ocean breeze airs, Beyond the Waves offers for our increasingly complicated worlds, a serene series of soulful musical interludes. Award-winning recording artist, Ann Licater, along with a multi-talented group of superb musicians, have created what might well be her most beautiful mind and spirit healing album to date. As in her previous highly acclaimed recordings, Doorway to a Dream, Following the Call and Invitation from Within, Beyond the Waves features a wondrous variety of handcrafted Native American flutes, along with Alto and Silver flutes, all performed with great sensitivity and reverence. Resonances of Ann Licater's lineage as a student of the great Navajo-Ute flutist, R. Carlos Nakai, can be heard in every song. Ann's inspired compositions are here masterfully accompanied by piano and other keyboards, world percussion, violin, wind chimes, soft, vocal layers, guitar and both acoustic and electric bass. Together, they artfully craft what's been called a “traveling meditation for well-being”. With her inspired ensemble, Ann Licater seems to draw from the sound field of Mother Earth vital sonic refreshments for our ancestral ear. One might hear the distant starlight sparkles of deep desert night. Or the gentle swaying of willow song by a timeless spring. Or the wise lapping of Autumn's great river journey to the sea. And perhaps, even the subtle, miraculous rhythms of our Beloved's resting heart. Now, just put on Beyond the Waves; simply listen...and breathe.”

4/8/2016 Press Release Excerpt

Beyond The Waves, Ann Licater's fourth full-length release, takes listeners on a soothing journey of soulful traveling meditations designed to open doors to deeper personal spiritual experiences. From the opening gentle strains of “Rhythm of the Stars” through the lush and haunting meditational flow of the closing piece, “Ocean Lullaby,” the 12-track collection is artfully designed to enhance the listener’s well-being, promoting relaxation, rejuvenation and inner reflection.
About her work, Licater shares, "My passion is creating relaxation music that people can use for self- reflection and inner journeying. This album has more layers which is intended to move the listener to deeper places while opening them up to experiencing an expansive awareness. Each track is carefully placed in an order that supports a 55-minute, 'traveling meditation for well-being.'"
Beyond The Waves takes Licater and listeners beyond this realm with pristinely-recorded tracks (a hallmark of her recordings) that have powerful mainstream crossover potential. The title song “Beyond The Waves” has a Van Morrison mystic soul vibe, while “Halcyon Morning” taps into new age/pop and “Sailing on Moonlight” floats on the edge of Keith Jarrett-influenced jazz with the beautiful trio interaction of Ferguson’s lush piano, Phippen’s acoustic bass and Licater’s lead Native American and alto flutes. In addition, her guest artists come from a multitude of genres, including classical, blues, country, pop, folk and EDM (DJ Bander, who contributes synth programming to “Rhythm of the Stars”).
Beyond the rich arrangements, Licater also goes deeper than ever emotionally, creating a powerful flute and violin dynamic with Rivera on “Dancing in Time” and allowing her bamboo flute to say “hello” and “goodbye” in the same breaths. Licater calls Beyond the Waves a “traveling meditation” because the music takes the listener to multiple places in the imagination – from the cosmos (“Rhythm of the Stars”) to the depths of the sea (“Ocean Lullaby”).
While her second and third recordings (Doorway To A Dream and Invitation From Within) featured instrumentation, Licater’s latest work is a fresh approach, a conceptually expansive, dynamically arranged ensemble work with touches of jazz, new age and world music. She builds emotional breadth beyond the core ancient sounds of her trademark Native American flutes, including modern silver and alto flutes on selected tracks with piano, guitar, world percussion, bass, synth, violin and vocal layers.
Guest artists include violinist Scarlet Rivera (Bob Dylan, Indigo Girls); GRAMMY®-nominated Peter Phippen, who plays bass on select tracks and also performs Shakuhachi flute in a duet with Licater’s Native American Flute on “Echoes in the Mist”; GRAMMY®-winning arranger and multi-instrumentalist Dan Ferguson (Sonny & Cher, Joan Baez); vocalist Arielle (featured at 2016 SXSW); GRAMMY®-nominated vocalist Arnaé Batson (India.Arie, Chaka Khan); and world percussionist David DiLullo, who runs the largest recurring drum circle in the San Francisco Bay Area. Beyond The Waves was produced by Licater, Ferguson, Phippen and Ivar Lunde, Jr. A former principal oboist of the Norwegian National Opera, Lunde also engineered and contributed synth programming.
Lee Starkey, music buyer for East West Bookshop in Mountain View, CA, commented on the album, saying, “Ann Licater seems to draw from the sound field of Mother Earth, vital sonic refreshments for our ancestral ear.”
Licater’s recordings are staples on Spa channels for Sirius XM, and Music Choice’s Soundscapes and on the streaming and music discovery channels Pandora, Spotify and Apple Music. Her work has been recognized by Amazon music editors (Top Ten Best New Age Album) and ZMR Music Awards (Best Relaxation Album). Her music is featured in-flight entertainment on Cathay Pacific Airlines and Virgin Airlines in the “Well-Being” and “Relaxation” categories. International performances include Carnegie Hall and the Awakened World Conference in Italy, and Sound Body, Sound Mind Specialty Week at Rancho La Puerta Spa in Tecaté, Mexico.
On Beyond the Waves, the artist uses her flutes as guides for a unique trip through time, space, water and the stars – an emotionally resonant experience that demands multiple listens from beginning to end. The album removes listeners from their world and sends them onto the slipstreams of her signature sound, which has long carried people to unknown places in the soul and safely brought them back refreshed and rejuvenated from experiencing a deeper place within.

CD PACKAGING COPY AND INFO BELOW

Beyond the Waves
(a soulful flute journey)

Relax into a soulful, musical journey with Beyond the Waves. This artfully-recorded collection of contemporary instrumental compositions by award-winning flutist Ann Licater, offers a fresh and pristine sound with influences of new age, jazz and world music. Silver, alto and wooden flutes blend beautifully with piano, guitar, bass, percussion, violin and soft vocal layers creating a refreshing, “traveling meditation” for well-being. Perfect for relaxation, rejuvenation and inner reflection.

1. Rhythm of the Stars 3:38
2. Halcyon Morning 4:29
3. Blossoms Falling 5:15
4. Beyond the Waves 4:51
5. Island Garden 3:59
6. Sailing on Moonlight 6:26
7. Sunrise Blessing 1:58
8. Dreaming in Time 4:30
9. Song of the Willows 3:20
10. Echoes in the Mist 5:27
11. Shimmering Waters 5:30
12. Ocean Lullaby 5:14

Total Running Time: 54:45


Guest Artists: Arielle Arnaé Batson Dan Ferguson
David DiLullo Peter Phippen Scarlet Rivera


Gratitude
To co-producers Peter, Dan and Ivar for their amazing talents, grace and humor. To all the artistic contributors, including the flutemakers, for sharing their beautiful gifts. To my mentors and friends especially Jocelyn, Krista, Beth, Kristen, Mike, Anja, David, Liz, Scarlet and the Agape community for their inspiration and guidance. To my family, especially Tony and Rose, for their generosity. To Steve for his creative wisdom and loving support.


Credits:
Executive Producer: Ann Licater
Produced by Ann Licater, Dan Ferguson, Ivar Lunde, Jr., Peter Phippen,
All Songs Written by Ann Licater (ASCAP)
Publisher Ann Licater/Cul de Sac Mystic Productions (ASCAP)
Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered at Skyline Studios, Eau Claire, WI
Ivar Lunde, Jr. Engineer

MUSICIANS (Tracks)
Ann Licater: Flutes Alto (5,6) Anasazi (12) Bamboo (7)
Native American (2,4,6,8,9,10) Native American-style (3,11) Silver (1)
Vocals (12) Windchimes (9)
Arielle: Vocals (2,4)
Arnaé Batson: Vocals (10)
Dan Ferguson: Acoustic Bass (10) Guitar (1,2,3,4,5) Piano (2,4,6,8,11,12) Additional Keyboards (2,4,5,8) Steel Tongue Drum (10)
David DiLullo: Djembe (1) Peruvian Cajon (5)
DJ Bander: Synth Programming (1)
Ivar Lunde, Jr.: Synth Programming (2,4,5,8)
Peter Phippen: Acoustic Bass (3,6, 8) Vintage Electric Bass (1,4,11)
Conga (2,4) Shakuhachi (10)
Scarlet Rivera: Violin (8)
Additional Recording (Tracks):
Bander Productions (DJ Bander) Venice, CA (1)
The Music Suite (Dan Ferguson) Calabasas, CA (2,4,5,8)
The Pocket Room (John Hart) Van Nuys, CA (9, 10)
The Reverie (Adam Peri) Eagle Rock, CA, (2,4)

CD Packaging Design Director: Michael Thomas
CD Packaging Designer/Production Artist: Sara Cheung
Additional photography (photo of Ann and Instruments) D’Arcy Allison-Teasley

All Songs Published by Cul de Sac Mystic Productions (ASCAP)
©℗2016 Ann Licater/Cul de Sac Mystic Productions/ASCAP
annlicater.com


Discography
“Invitation from Within” (2013)
“Doorway to a Dream” (2010)
“Amazing Grace” Ann Licater & Jeff Oster (2009) [digital single release]
“Following the Call” (2007)

About the Artist
Ann is a recording artist and featured performer as a world flutist; she plays at spiritual centers and destination spas worldwide. Ann is also the creator and facilitator of “Flute for the Soul” workshops. Contact info@annlicater.com

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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Another magnificent album from Ann Licater
Having written feature articles and reviews about a number of Ann Licater’s exquisite recordings, I was thrilled to receive her latest release, “Beyond the Waves.” And after listening to it, I can truly say that with each new recording, Ann has taken it to the next level. As I have noted before about Ann and her music, the flute has to be one of the most soothing instruments of all, and in the hands of a sensitive multi-talented artist like Ann Licater it’s sound is a gift to the body, mind, and spirit. Ann’s interest in spirituality and the healing qualities of music is evident on this recording and the album provides a deeply relaxing listening experience. It’s hard to imagine a better listening experience for massage, yoga, or just chilling.

On this, her 4th release, Ann plays 11 different flutes (silver, alto and wood) and the album features special guest appearances by a number of highly regarded musicians who have won and been nominated for GRAMMY Awards and played with some of the biggest names in the music industry. In addition to Ann’s earthy and ethereal flute sounds, the music also includes piano, guitar, bass, percussion, violin and soft vocal layers. On this beautifully produced recording, Ann’s influences are more diverse than ever and integrate elements of new age, jazz, and world music. “Beyond the Waves” is the perfect album to drift away on.
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Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio

I totally recomment this album, it's a release of utter quality
I spent most of the early afternoon in the pool listening to the delightful tones of Ann Licater's latest album Beyond the Waves. The sounds of this bliss filled release wafted around the patio, around the garden, and it was as if they were doing a dance with the smoke from the barbeque that had just been lit and literally danced with the sparkling ocean at the bottom of the drive.
This idyllic locational description was used on purpose to highlight the really amazing ambience that Ann has created on this latest album and in our opinion here at One World Music Radio, her finest so far.
Listen to the opening track called Rhythm of the Stars. It’s soulful, but also very light and extremely calming and features Dan Ferguson on an absolutely delightfully sensitive guitar.
Halcyon Morning was sublime, the vocals of Arielle were used here and complimented Ann’s sweet flute, the gentle pace of this track was simply peaceful beyond belief, one could listen to this piece for hours and never get bored.
This meditative journey will take you dear reader to a piece called Blossoms Falling, which I must be honest was one of my favourite tracks off the album, the mournful refrain was very much appreciated. This piece is a trio with Peter Phippen on stand-up acoustic bass, Ann on Native American flute and Dan Ferguson on guitar. The guitar and flute were so perfectly matched and manifested a composition of great beauty.
The energy slightly shifts up a gear for the next offering called Beyond the Waves and yes, the title track off the album. Licater does this moment proud with a really charming song that is again light, but melodious and her performance on this piece was truly stunning.
Island Garden had a real global feel to it, the percussion here was perfection and created a really sun kissed garden of musical plenty for us all to enjoy, this one was spot on for me as I lay in the pool, under a sky so blue and the gentle movements of the shimmering palm tree, all of this created a superb layer of ambience for me.
The half way is breached with a really classy number called Sailing on Moonlight. I must say this is one of the best compositions I have heard for some time in this genre; the little jazz motif was fantastic, the flute was the narrator of the this moonlight tale, while one of the finest bases I have heard, is matched by a very respectful piano, to deliver in my opinion, the best track off the album and also the longest.
Sunrise Blessing dear listener is a simply haunting solo piece, the performance from Licater here is truly masterful, she not only connects with her instrument of choice, I believe she actually merges with its very soul.
Dreaming in Time has one of the best opening segments your likely to hear, a really delightful Native American flute creates a portal to a magical moment of musical mastery. The piano here is so very creative, but the violin of Scarlet Rivera is so delicate and relevant, the melody reminds me of the work of the great flautist from the UK Nigel Shaw.
We now move to Song of the Willows, here we find a composition that will float in and out of a whole myriad of dimensions, this was so haunting, and the chimes used just added another layer of beauty to the whole experience. Ann Licater’s performance on this track was breath taking.
When you listen to Echoes in the Mist, listen to the approach, it’s so very gentle, I remember at this moment in the pool I began to drift into a blissful meditation. This time Ann is joined by a friend of OWMR in Peter Phippen, however this time on his beloved Shakuhachi flute. This is dreamy, meditative to the max, my only complaint would be, that it didn’t go on for at least half an hour, believe me I never wanted to leave this brilliant composition.
Our penultimate track off this inner journey of meditative bliss is called Shimmering Waters; Phippen drops back and plays some sensuous bass, while the piano merges with a slight hint of light Jazz, to dance a dance of pure ambience with Licater’s quite smooth and charming flute.
So we have reached the end of our travelling meditation with artist Ann Licater, and she will now play out with the piece Ocean Lullaby, I can see the ocean from my home, it sparkles in the sunlight, boats drift past and in a moment of dreaming I am almost floating with the clouds above it, with the aid of this quite beautiful composition. What a breath-taking and quite lovely way to leave what is truly an album of sheer class.
Beyond the Waves is another step up on the ladder for Ann Licater, she has really done herself proud with this release and in my opinion it is the best collection of compositions and arrangements she has created so far. As a potential purchaser and of course listener, I can completely assure you that Beyond the Waves has to be one to buy, the level of calm, peace and tranquillity you will receive from playing this album alone, is enough to make that choice a complete no brainer. I totally recommended this album; it’s a release of utter quality.
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Samantha Garcia

A Meditative Masterpiece
Feel all of the stresses of everyday life melt away as soon as the first note hits! This beautifully arranged album will soothe your soul with it's ethereal combination of light instrumentation. The opening track "Rhythm of the Stars" is a captivating combination of cascading acoustic guitar, soaring flute, and subdued percussion which will leave you in a trance-like, pensive state. It is the perfect way to introduce the otherworldly realm that Ann Licater has so masterfully created. Listening to the album is a perfect way to unwind, de-stress and get lost in a mystical sound bath. "Song of the Willows" is nothing short of a meditative masterpiece with wind chimes tinkering away in the background serving as the perfect base for Licater's incredible flute musings. Beyond the Waves is the perfect combination of serenity, beauty and artistry.
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Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio

I totally recommend this album, it's a release of utter quality
I spent most of the early afternoon in the pool with Ann Licater and of course he quickly adds to that, listening to the delightful tones of the latest album Beyond the Waves. The sounds of this bliss filled release wafted around the patio, around the garden, and it was as if they were doing a dance with the smoke from the barbeque that had just been lit and literally danced with the sparkling ocean at the bottom of the drive
This idyllic locational description was used on purpose to highlight the really amazing ambience that Ann has created on this latest album and in our opinion here at One World Music Radio, her finest so far.
Listen to the opening track called Rhythm of the Stars. It’s soulful, but also very light and extremely calming and features Dan Ferguson on an absolutely delightfully sensitive guitar.
Halcyon Morning was sublime, the vocals of Arielle were used here and complimented Ann’s sweet flute, the gentle pace of this track was simply peaceful beyond belief, one could listen to this piece for hours and never get bored.
This meditative journey will take you dear reader to a piece called Blossoms Falling, which I must be honest was one of my favourite tracks off the album, the mournful refrain was very much appreciated. This piece is a trio with Peter Phippen on stand-up acoustic bass, Ann on Native American flute and Dan Ferguson on guitar. The guitar and flute were so perfectly matched and manifested a composition of great beauty.
The energy slightly shifts up a gear for the next offering called Beyond the Waves and yes, the title track off the album. Licater does this moment proud with a really charming song that is again light, but melodious and her performance on this piece was truly stunning.
Island Garden had a real global feel to it, the percussion here was perfection and created a really sun kissed garden of musical plenty for us all to enjoy, this one was spot on for me as I lay in the pool, under a sky so blue and the gentle movements of the shimmering palm tree, all of this created a superb layer of ambience for me.
The half way is breached with a really classy number called Sailing on Moonlight. I must say this is one of the best compositions I have heard for some time in this genre; the little jazz motif was fantastic, the flute was the narrator of the this moonlight tale, while one of the finest bases I have heard, is matched by a very respectful piano, to deliver in my opinion, the best track off the album and also the longest.
Sunrise Blessing dear listener is a simply haunting solo piece, the performance from Licater here is truly masterful, she not only connects with her instrument of choice, I believe she actually merges with its very soul.
Dreaming in Time has one of the best opening segments your likely to hear, a really delightful Native American flute creates a portal to a magical moment of musical mastery. The piano here is so very creative, but the violin of Scarlet Rivera is so delicate and relevant, the melody reminds me of the work of the great flautist from the UK Nigel Shaw.
We now move to Song of the Willows, here we find a composition that will float in and out of a whole myriad of dimensions, this was so haunting, and the chimes used just added another layer of beauty to the whole experience. Ann Licater’s performance on this track was breath taking.
When you listen to Echoes in the Mist, listen to the approach, it’s so very gentle, I remember at this moment in the pool I began to drift into a blissful meditation. This time Ann is joined by a friend of OWMR in Peter Phippen, however this time on his beloved Shakuhachi flute. This is dreamy, meditative to the max, my only complaint would be, that it didn’t go on for at least half an hour, believe me I never wanted to leave this brilliant composition.
Our penultimate track off this inner journey of meditative bliss is called Shimmering Waters; Phippen drops back and plays some sensuous bass, while the piano merges with a slight hint of light Jazz, to dance a dance of pure ambience with Licater’s quite smooth and charming flute.
So we have reached the end of our travelling meditation with artist Ann Licater, and she will now play out with the piece Ocean Lullaby, I can see the ocean from my home, it sparkles in the sunlight, boats drift past and in a moment of dreaming I am almost floating with the clouds above it, with the aid of this quite beautiful composition. What a breath-taking and quite lovely way to leave what is truly an album of sheer class.
Beyond the Waves is another step up on the ladder for Ann Licater, she has really done herself proud with this release and in my opinion it is the best collection of compositions and arrangements she has created so far. As a potential purchaser and of course listener, I can completely assure you that Beyond the Waves has to be one to buy, the level of calm, peace and tranquillity you will receive from playing this album alone, is enough to make that choice a complete no brainer. I totally recommended this album; it’s a release of utter quality.
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Kathy Parsons

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"Beyond the Waves" is the fourth release from award-winning recording artist, producer and composer Ann Licater. Referring to the music as a “traveling meditation,” this flute-driven album contains twelve original tracks that are perfect for relaxation, rejuvenation, and inner reflection. I have also found it to be a welcome and soothing accompaniment to various work activities in my office, allowing the music to slip in and out of conscious listening. A classically-trained flautist, Ann Licater has also studied Native flutes with R. Carlos Nakai. With her varied background, Licater easily blends the influences of new age, jazz, and world music into a sound that is uniquely her own. In addition to the assortment of flutes Licater performs on, guest artists bring additional colors and layers to the music with guitar, bass, piano, violin, and more. Dan Ferguson appears on all but two tracks, playing a variety of instruments as well as contributing his production skills. In Licater’s own words: “My passion is creating relaxation music that people can use for self-reflection and inner journeying. This album has more layers which is intended to move the listener to deeper places while opening them up to experiencing an expansive awareness. Each track is carefully placed in an order that supports a 55-minute ‘traveling meditation for well-being’.”

"Beyond the Waves" begins with “Rhythm of the Stars,” a light-hearted piece for flute, acoustic guitar, bass, light percussion and synth. The playful energy of this beautiful piece is a perfect opener! “Halcyon Morning” is peacefulness set to music. Native flute, piano, guitar, synth, wordless vocals, and gentle percussion create haunting musical magic - this is my favorite track on the album. “Blossoms Falling” is a gorgeous trio for Native flute, acoustic guitar and acoustic bass - very soothing as well as poignant. The title track is a massage for the mind - so calm and peaceful. Mystical and exotic, “Island Garden” has a softly swaying rhythm that enchants and relaxes, evoking images of pastel flowers and warm breezes. “Sailing on Moonlight” is somewhat jazzier, but definitely “cool” jazz that expresses freedom with a minimal approach. “Sunrise Blessing” and “Song of the Willows” are solo tracks that have Licater performing on bamboo flute on the first and Native American flute on the second. (There are some wind chimes in the background of “Song of the Willows,” but Licater plays those, too.) “Ocean Lullaby” closes the album with a velvet-smooth duet for Anasazi flute and piano. By this point, any stress or tension you felt before sitting down with this album should be in a big puddle on the floor! If it isn’t, you really need this music!

Ann Licater has created another flute masterpiece with "Beyond the Waves" that is sure to be on many “Best of” lists for 2016! Very highly recommended!
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Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio

I totally recomment this album, it's a release of utter quality
I spent most of the early afternoon in the pool listening to the delightful tones of Ann Licater's latest album Beyond the Waves. The sounds of this bliss filled release wafted around the patio, around the garden, and it was as if they were doing a dance with the smoke from the barbeque that had just been lit and literally danced with the sparkling ocean at the bottom of the drive.
This idyllic locational description was used on purpose to highlight the really amazing ambience that Ann has created on this latest album and in our opinion here at One World Music Radio, her finest so far.
Listen to the opening track called Rhythm of the Stars. It’s soulful, but also very light and extremely calming and features Dan Ferguson on an absolutely delightfully sensitive guitar.
Halcyon Morning was sublime, the vocals of Arielle were used here and complimented Ann’s sweet flute, the gentle pace of this track was simply peaceful beyond belief, one could listen to this piece for hours and never get bored.
This meditative journey will take you dear reader to a piece called Blossoms Falling, which I must be honest was one of my favourite tracks off the album, the mournful refrain was very much appreciated. This piece is a trio with Peter Phippen on stand-up acoustic bass, Ann on Native American flute and Dan Ferguson on guitar. The guitar and flute were so perfectly matched and manifested a composition of great beauty.
The energy slightly shifts up a gear for the next offering called Beyond the Waves and yes, the title track off the album. Licater does this moment proud with a really charming song that is again light, but melodious and her performance on this piece was truly stunning.
Island Garden had a real global feel to it, the percussion here was perfection and created a really sun kissed garden of musical plenty for us all to enjoy, this one was spot on for me as I lay in the pool, under a sky so blue and the gentle movements of the shimmering palm tree, all of this created a superb layer of ambience for me.
The half way is breached with a really classy number called Sailing on Moonlight. I must say this is one of the best compositions I have heard for some time in this genre; the little jazz motif was fantastic, the flute was the narrator of the this moonlight tale, while one of the finest bases I have heard, is matched by a very respectful piano, to deliver in my opinion, the best track off the album and also the longest.
Sunrise Blessing dear listener is a simply haunting solo piece, the performance from Licater here is truly masterful, she not only connects with her instrument of choice, I believe she actually merges with its very soul.
Dreaming in Time has one of the best opening segments your likely to hear, a really delightful Native American flute creates a portal to a magical moment of musical mastery. The piano here is so very creative, but the violin of Scarlet Rivera is so delicate and relevant, the melody reminds me of the work of the great flautist from the UK Nigel Shaw.
We now move to Song of the Willows, here we find a composition that will float in and out of a whole myriad of dimensions, this was so haunting, and the chimes used just added another layer of beauty to the whole experience. Ann Licater’s performance on this track was breath taking.
When you listen to Echoes in the Mist, listen to the approach, it’s so very gentle, I remember at this moment in the pool I began to drift into a blissful meditation. This time Ann is joined by a friend of OWMR in Peter Phippen, however this time on his beloved Shakuhachi flute. This is dreamy, meditative to the max, my only complaint would be, that it didn’t go on for at least half an hour, believe me I never wanted to leave this brilliant composition.
Our penultimate track off this inner journey of meditative bliss is called Shimmering Waters; Phippen drops back and plays some sensuous bass, while the piano merges with a slight hint of light Jazz, to dance a dance of pure ambience with Licater’s quite smooth and charming flute.
So we have reached the end of our travelling meditation with artist Ann Licater, and she will now play out with the piece Ocean Lullaby, I can see the ocean from my home, it sparkles in the sunlight, boats drift past and in a moment of dreaming I am almost floating with the clouds above it, with the aid of this quite beautiful composition. What a breath-taking and quite lovely way to leave what is truly an album of sheer class.
Beyond the Waves is another step up on the ladder for Ann Licater, she has really done herself proud with this release and in my opinion it is the best collection of compositions and arrangements she has created so far. As a potential purchaser and of course listener, I can completely assure you that Beyond the Waves has to be one to buy, the level of calm, peace and tranquillity you will receive from playing this album alone, is enough to make that choice a complete no brainer. I totally recommended this album; it’s a release of utter quality.
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Sheila Geiger

Wonderful Flute Experience
Beyond the Waves, the fourth CD release from award-winning, flutist Ann Licater, creates a moving and relaxing listening experience. Artfully recorded, this contemporary instrumental CD has a fresh sound with touches of jazz, new age and world music. Ancient sounds of native American flutes and modern silver and alto flutes are accompanied by piano, guitar, world percussion, bass, synth, violin and vocal layers on selected tracks. These beautiful compositions take listeners on a spirited, soothing and soulful journey that feels like a “traveling meditation.” Guest artists include Scarlet Rivera, Peter Phippen, Dan Ferguson, Arielle Peri, Arnae Batson and David DiLullo.
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