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Quiet Spaces: Flute Meditations for Mindfulness and Relaxation

by Ann Licater

Discover new realms of inner-peace.These 15 calming tracks feature soft, reflective solo and duet, flute-based compositions designed for a soothing experience.Perfect for Yoga, mindfulness practices, meditation, overall stress-reduction and sleep.
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1. Quiet Spaces
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2. Ancestral Gathering
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3. Aspen Awakening
2:21 album only
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4. Ancient Shores
3:02 album only
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5. Canyon Solace
2:13 album only
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6. Return to Peace
2:41 album only
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7. Divine Harmony
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8. Morning Rain Reflections
2:30 album only
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9. Celestial Traveler
3:33 album only
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10. Woven Hearts
3:39 album only
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11. Dreaming at Daybreak
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12. Candlelight Journey
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13. Wings of Sleep
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14. Tranquil Dreams
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15. Celtic Sun Salutation
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Album Notes
Discover new realms of inner-peace with relaxing music performed on Native American, Native American-style, folk and alto flutes. These 15 calming tracks feature soft, deeply reflective solo and duet compositions pristinely recorded in Licater’s signature style for a soothing listening experience. This artful, sonic journey is perfect for mindfulness practices, meditation and well-being. Also recommended for yoga, spa, healing arts, creativity, study, sleep, and overall stress reduction.

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Dyan Garris

Beautiful, Relaxing Flute Meditations
Ann Licater - Quiet Spaces: Flute Meditations for Mindfulness and Relaxation
Album review by Dyan Garris, NewAgeCD

“Quiet Spaces: Flute Meditations for Mindfulness and Relaxation,” by Ann Licater, her fifth album release on her independent record label, Cul de Sac Mystic Productions, is heart-opening and soul-stirring. You can feel those emotions run deep within your body when you listen to this music, because you aren’t just listening. You’re taking it in. You’re deeply inhaling every note of it. This is not just someone playing the flute. This is someone touching your soul with theirs. And that is love. This kind of love oozes out of every pore of this music; every phrase, every note, every subtle nuance and soft reverb, every gentle trill. And as such, this is also very healing music.

The flute is an ancient instrument; perhaps the oldest musical instrument known to us. So, there is something inherently primal about flute music. It’s something that beckons to our spirits in a manner that we recognize with our hearts, and even way before we ever imagined we would or could be separated from them in any way. Perhaps the hauntingly beautiful music of the flute is indelibly imprinted upon our souls. And for very good reasons.

“Mindfulness,” essentially, is the purposeful direction of where you place your attention and energy. Here, in Ann Licater’s album, “Quiet Spaces: Flute Meditations for Mindfulness and Relaxation,” that mindfulness is focused on fifteen tracks and forty-six minutes of consummate flute artistry, designed for inner peace and relaxation of not only mind, but of mind, body, and spirit together, coalescing these back into one cohesive unit in a flowing, graceful dance.

Here, Ann performs on silver alto flute, Native American flute, Native American-style flute, transverse folk flute, and adds some soft, ethereal vocals to track 9, “Celestial Traveler.” Apart from guest artist, Grammy® nominated Peter Phippen, who co-produced — along with Ann and veteran recording engineer Ivar Lunde, Jr. — and appears on three tracks (“Aspen Awakening,” “Celestial Traveler,” and “Tranquil Dreams”), the album is minimilistic in terms of other instrumentation. Because it doesn’t need anything else, we are brought right into mindful space and relaxation, effortlessly it seems. There is a definite art to effortlessness and Ann Licater has that skill mastered.

Peter Phippen on electric bass is the perfect vowel to the consonant, adding understated depth and expansive gentleness. Clearly, we are on a spiritual journey here, that from start to finish leads us deeper and deeper into the reflection. And willingly we go.
Now, there is certain music — even as we are continually deluged with all manner of other auditory bombardments — that stands out in the crowd and fills the soul; fills quiet, empty spaces in your soul. You know it when you hear it. And there is certain music that is just classic, elegant, timeless, and that strikes a chord deep within your heart chakra and remains in your emotional body long after the song is technically over. That is this beautiful music by Ann Licater.

The album opens with the title track, “Quiet Spaces,” and you know, right from the first few opening notes, that your soul is in for a deeply special experience. Straight away, this music stirs something deeply elemental inside. We begin to find ourselves again with “Ancestral Gathering,” which is hauntingly beautiful, reflectively layered, and continues the opening peace. Here we gather. It’s a beckoning to our spirits, both individually and collectively. Both “Ancient Shores” and “Canyon Solace” evoke feelings of expansiveness, exploration, yet also feelings of “home” at the same time. Perhaps we are always home wherever we may find ourselves. “Return to Peace” has us feeling as if here we want to stay. The call and answer style of the lovely “Wings of Sleep” is both relaxing and enchanting. “Woven Hearts” is spacious and heart-filling at the same time. The closing track, “Celtic Sun Salutation,” is a delightful ending. With its peaceful, uplifting notes, one can’t help but feel appreciation for life infusing every cell.

It can seem quite challenging to find “quiet spaces” these days, either inner or outer, in a time when meditation may still be perceived as “work,” and relaxation seems to be an elusive effort rather than something completely natural. The truth is that within the quiet places reside all the answers. “Quiet Spaces: Flute Meditations for Mindfulness and Relaxation,” by Ann Licater is not only deeply calming and soothing, but profoundly healing on multiple levels and layers. You’ll want to get the whole album.
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Jonathan Widran

Quiet Space: Flute Meditations for Mindfulness and Relaxation is another triumph
Long before I had met Ann Licater and seen her transform a meditation service at the Agape International Spiritual Center into a full blown soul symphony of relaxation and transcendence with just a few breathy tones from one of her many flutes, I gave a glowing review to her captivating 2007 debut Following the Call. I wrote: “What the listener gets out of this stark, soul-stirring 16-track collection by lifelong silver flute player Ann Licater. . .is partially dependent on the open-minded heart and spirit he or she brings into the experience.”

That’s exactly the mindset that longtime fans and newcomers invited into the multi-talented flutist composer’s peaceful universe should have when they listen to Quiet Spaces - Ann’s latest exquisite work and first since her debut to showcase her gently powerful flute magic unadorned, except for very subtle rhythmic accompaniment on three tracks by bassist Peter Phippen, a Grammy nominated artist/producer.

Licater’s larger ensemble recordings over the past decade have made her a major indie new age artist, popular across a multiple of earthly and skybound platforms, nominated for countless awards and even landing on Kim Kardashian’s “Crystal Meditation” playlist launch on Spotify. Yet there’s something purer, deeper and more emotionally resonant that happens when she stirs the imagination and creates different moods and vibes based solely on the tones of different flutes. The mission of her Quiet Spaces is perfectly captured in its subtitle: “Flute Meditations for Mindfulness and Relaxation.” It’s a beautiful, long awaited sequel to Following the Call, featuring essentially the same exciting array of world flutes as the first album – including Native American, Native American-style, transverse folk, silver alto, a Mayan temple flute replica, and an Eastern Tennessee Butternut Native American flute.

Her fellow flute fanatics may enjoy trying to identify which is creating what sounds, but Ann’s impressive flute collection – the new age equivalent of a rocker accumulating rare guitars - is really just the tool she uses to facilitate a much needed sense of personal peace in our increasingly chaotic world. Starting with the gently graceful invitation to explore those “Quiet Spaces” in inner places suitable for an “Aspen Awakening,” and on through deeper, more haunting explorations like “Ancestral Gathering” and “Ancient Shores,” Ann sets the tone for a multi-faceted experience that’s designed both for chilling out for a few moments (i.e. perfect for 45 minute massage or yoga session) and achieving a sense of healing and a lasting inner peace - impervious to the world’s chaotic pull.
For those who prefer a guided meditation, Ann obliges with poetic titles like “Canyon Solace,” “Divine Harmony” (whose sense of resonance spatial echoes is truly otherworldly), “Celestial Traveler” and “Dreaming at Daybreak.” The tracks are all just a few minutes long, but to truly embrace the Quiet Spaces Ann wants to take you to, the album needs to be listened to in its entirety.

This is music that demands to be experienced worldwide, and to that end, it’s great to hear that Ann’s Cul De Sac Mystic Productions has announced a new agreement to distribute its digital catalog under exclusive license to Disney Music Group with publishing administered by Seven Peaks Music.
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Judson Hurd

Beautiful Album from Ann Licater!
Quiet Spaces: Flute Meditations for Mindfulness and Relaxation
By Ann Licater
Review by Judson Hurd


Ann Licater is a world/flutist and I have the pleasure of reviewing her latest album Quiet Spaces: Flute Meditations for Mindfulness and Relaxation. This is her fifth album and it also has guest Grammy-nominated Peter Phippen that plays electric bass. The music is recommended for “yoga, spa, healing arts, creativity, study, sleep, and overall stress reduction.”
Quiet Spaces is the first track with Ann’s relaxing flute. The sound of her flutes has an Native American style to it with a delightful reverb on the recording. The second track Ancestral Gathering has a similar sound but with another flute track comes in to form a fluid duet that trades the melody.
I listened to this record at night while winding down and it has been some of the best music to help me do that. Ann does a wonderful job creating music for the background but keeping it varied so the music does not become boring. Aspen Awakening is one of my favorites that has electric bass. The piece is short but I really enjoyed the lifting and interesting intervals that the flute makes in the middle of the song. Ancient Shores begins with soothing flute that plays a nostalgic and sad melody and sounds like an underscore that would be in a documentary film. Celestial Traveler is probably my favorite track on the record. In the background is the electric bass with Ann’s wordless vocals. The extra layers with bass and vocals really add the emotion. Beautiful!
Ann Licater is a highly accomplished flutist and I can really tell from her playing that she really connects with her instrument through excellent technique and emotionally. I highly recommend this album to new age music fans. You can download on iTunes, Amazon or stream on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming websites.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Quiet Spaces: Flute Meditations for Mindfulness and Relaxation" is world flutist/composer Ann Licater’s fifth album to date. The fifteen original compositions include twelve flute solos and three duets that are performed with Grammy-nominated Peter Phippen (electric bass). A few of the “solo” tracks are layered to sound like two or more flutes playing together, and one includes Ann’s wordless vocals. This music is also recommended “for yoga, spa, healing arts, creativity, study, sleep, and overall stress reduction.”

Ann Licater plays eleven different flutes on Quiet Spaces, but thirteen of the fifteen tracks include Native American or Native American-style flutes, keeping the overall feel of the album fairly even and consistent throughout. And no, I’m not saying that the music all sounds the same. Being consistent helps to set the mood and maintain it for the full album, allowing the listener to get “lost” in the music. On the other hand, music that is too repetitive can be anything but relaxing (believe me, I know!!!). This is music for a purpose (several purposes, actually!), and I think it succeeds exceptionally well. I did some of my listening in the car while driving on the Oregon coast highway, and found Quiet Spaces to be a wonderful aural companion - especially when driving in a beautiful area, where the music can add a bit of magic to the experience.

Ann Licater’s awards and nominations include those from Amazon music editors (Top Ten Best New Age Album), New Age Reporter (Best Native American Album), ZMR Music Awards (Nominations for Best Relaxation Album, Best Contemporary Instrumental Album and Best Meditation Album), Independent Music Awards (Nomination for Best New Age Song) and the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (Nominations for Best New Age Album). In addition to her recordings and concert appearances, Ann has created and facilitates “Flute for the Soul” workshops where she plays Native American and world flutes for personal discovery. Her love of wood and clay flutes led her to study with master flutist R. Carlos Nakai (Navajo-Ute), complementing her years of classical flute training at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, MN.

"Quiet Spaces" is healing, relaxing music at its finest.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Quiet Spaces: Flute Meditations for Mindfulness and Relaxation" is world flutist/composer Ann Licater’s fifth album to date. The fifteen original compositions include twelve flute solos and three duets that are performed with Grammy-nominated Peter Phippen (electric bass). A few of the “solo” tracks are layered to sound like two or more flutes playing together, and one includes Ann’s wordless vocals. This music is also recommended “for yoga, spa, healing arts, creativity, study, sleep, and overall stress reduction.”

Ann Licater plays eleven different flutes on "Quiet Spaces," but thirteen of the fifteen tracks include Native American or Native American-style flutes, keeping the overall feel of the album fairly even and consistent throughout. And no, I’m not saying that the music all sounds the same. Being consistent helps to set the mood and maintain it for the full album, allowing the listener to get “lost” in the music. On the other hand, music that is too repetitive can be anything but relaxing (believe me, I know!!!). This is music for a purpose (several purposes, actually!), and I think it succeeds exceptionally well. I did some of my listening in the car while driving on the Oregon coast highway, and found Quiet Spaces to be a wonderful aural companion - especially when driving in a beautiful area, where the music can add a bit of magic to the experience.

Ann Licater’s awards and nominations include those from Amazon music editors (Top Ten Best New Age Album), New Age Reporter (Best Native American Album), ZMR Music Awards (Nominations for Best Relaxation Album, Best Contemporary Instrumental Album and Best Meditation Album), Independent Music Awards (Nomination for Best New Age Song) and the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (Nominations for Best New Age Album). In addition to her recordings and concert appearances, Ann has created and facilitates “Flute for the Soul” workshops where she plays Native American and world flutes for personal discovery. Her love of wood and clay flutes led her to study with master flutist R. Carlos Nakai (Navajo-Ute), complementing her years of classical flute training at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, MN.

"Quiet Spaces" is healing, relaxing music at its finest.
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