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Vision Quest

by Bearheart Kokopelli

Walking the sacred Path
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Can You Tell Me
6:43 $1.40
2. Talking to the Ancestors
4:55 $1.40
3. Follow the Sun
6:04 $1.40
4. Crossing the River
4:14 $1.40
5. Mojave Sundown
6:24 $1.40
6. Walking the Sacred Path
9:26 $1.40
7. Canyon Sunset
7:08 $1.40
8. Desert Blues
6:43 $1.40
9. Vision Quest
8:56 $1.40
10. Medicine Song
3:52 $1.40
11. Can You Tell Me Now
6:25 $1.40
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Album Notes
Vision Quest, the second studio album by Native American Music Award-winning flutist Bearheart Kokopelli, takes the listener on a musical journey following the sacred path of oneself guided by the vision of life. In good company with the wonderful guitar tones of outstanding guitarist Harald Peterstorfer, Bearheart Kokopelli's heartfelt and haunting flute melodies create musical dreamscapes, that capture the spirit of every phase of a shamanic vision quest in order to achieve the "plea for a face" for the current quality of life and what is to come.

Where do we come from? Where do we go? What is the purpose of life? These main questions of human life evoke a feeling of a masterplan of existence and we realize: Every life form is a sacred part of the vast mystery, that surrounds us and breathes through us.

Ancient human cultures of all continents and nations have found symbols in order to contemplate over these essential questions and to get an idea of the cyclical and polar nature of our existance in this universe and what lies beyond. One of these symbols is the labyrinth of life and we realize: In all of our life we follow a sacred path guided by our vision of what we are and what we want to be.

But it is not just symbols that meet and guide us on our journey through life, as it is the path itself, with its straight lines, curves, breaks, byways, ramifications, with the loss and new finding of its trace in the unknown, that lets us mature.

On our journey through life we need pauses to rest, to look around and step out of everyday life, to turn inward and get in contact with ourselves, with the spiritual world and the otherworld at a place in nature, offside from the human civilization field, in order to get answers to our questions through fasting for several days. This is the vision quest, "The plea for a face," as it is called by Native Americans.

In the haunting sound of the Native American Flute we hear the mystery of life resounding beautifully. It is a powerful tool that balances our breath, whose wonderful sound brings us to inner peace and connects us to the harmonic vibrations of creation. Through her chanting we come into contact with the themes of our lives on a non-verbal level of existance and find insight and peace in harmony with our native heart, that carries all wisdom within itself.



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Steve Sheppard

One of the best Native American styled flute and guitar based albums I have ever
Vision Quest by Bearheart Kokopelli is in my view his best work by far, the artist has really created something so good here that I hope it will go down as a land mark album for all time to come. I never wanted this journey to end and I hope you won’t either. Vision Quest by Bearheart Kokopelli has to be one of the best Native American styled flute and guitar based albums I have ever heard, and I urge you to make this part of your collection as well, your soul will love you for it.

Dyan Garris

Album Review by Dyan Garris
VISION QUEST: Walking the Sacred Path by Bearheart Kokopelli Album review by Dyan Garris

"Flute and guitar are braided beautifully together here to form a heartfelt heaven on Earth."

A vision quest is a “hero’s journey” of sorts; a rite-of-passage in Native American/indigenous cultures. Essentially, it is a contemplative spiritual seeking of an alignment or re-alignment of one’s mind, body, and soul, as well as a reconnection with nature, the ancients, and Creator.

“Vision Quest,” the album, is the second studio album by Native American Music Award-winning flutist Bearheart Kokopelli. Guest artist on the album, contributing his stellar guitar performances, is Harald Peterstorfer, an accomplished musician and guitarist. Flute and guitar are braided beautifully together here to form a heartfelt heaven on Earth throughout the entire album.

The quest begins with the outstanding “Can You Tell Me.” A poignant, haunting flute melody calls us provocatively to the journey. An interwoven drumbeat underneath sets us steadily on the course forward. The beautiful guitar, somewhat reminiscent of “Stairway to Heaven,” adds to the wonderful and dreamy feel. The song builds passionately, and at just over six minutes, it’s a perfect genesis to the journey.

Following is “Talking to the Ancestors.” We feel like we are high on a bluff, overlooking eternity, and connecting with all that is, all that was, and all that will ever be. Our vision is that much clearer as we move along.

“Follow The Sun” has a distinct sacred feel to it. This is amazingly beautiful, bringing deep peace to the soul. As well, this feels extremely healing, not just on a personal level, but on a global level as well. I so love this one.

On any journey, we always arrive at some type of crossroads. In “Crossing The River” we are standing at that junction. There is a duality here that is beautifully and effectively expressed by both flute and guitar. Should I stay or should I go? Stay awhile and then know that it is safe to go. Just go forth.

After this, we encounter the awesome “Mojave Sundown.” This is gorgeous, sumptuous, sweet, and so peaceful. It’s hard to describe. It’s something you feel deep in your soul.

Have you ever walked a labyrinth? Ever embarked on a real vision quest? The tranquil “Walking the Sacred Path” speaks to everything you feel on that walk. Overtone singing blends in nicely here and the tones allow for chakra opening and alignment in bigger ways.
Love the guitar and flute together on “Canyon Sunset.” This is a call to a deeper knowing and we are one with the soft sunset colors. Love this. It’s exquisite.

Showcasing versatility and immense talent, “Desert Blues” is wonderful and bluesy with flute and guitar doing their thing and doing it well. This is great.

Title track, “Vision Quest,” is ultra-relaxing and soothing to the soul. A haunting flute melody intertwines well with Harald’s guitar performance. The vibe here feels like a person receiving answers to their quest.

The gorgeous “Medicine Song” is an easy favorite. Flowing and very melodic, this is truly medicine for the soul. Very nice.

The album culminates with the very enjoyable “Can You Tell Me Now.” Intertwined drumbeat, enchanting flute, and splendid guitar make this song quite engaging. We return from the vision quest with wisdom and knowledge that will stand us in good stead for the next part of our journey.

“Vision Quest” by Bearheart Kokopelli is his finest work yet, and we look forward to hearing more.

Candice Michelle

Mindfully peaceful yet spontaneously heartfelt!
Bearheart Kokopelli is the solo recording moniker of Native American Award winning flute player Bernhard Mikuskovics and one-half of the instrumental world duo Mikuskovics Baum. Comprised of eleven tranquil soundscapes led by Native-style flute along with gentle acoustic guitar tones by Harald Peterstorfer, Vision Quest musically paints sacred earth and sky scenery spanning from the Great Plains to the American Southwest.

Incorporating subtle elements of jazz and Americana throughout, the supreme highlight of the album is arguably “Walking the Sacred Path” on which a shamanic drumbeat pulses in tandem with hypnotic intonations of throat singing. A deeply entrancing and centering piece, it’s easy to imagine the flute player (or even oneself) on a mountaintop overlooking a rocky canyon, while the accompanying improvised guitar figures seemingly follow the patterns of the wind.

Recommended to any lover of Native American flute music, Vision Quest is a mindfully peaceful yet spontaneously heartfelt album that fosters both a reconnection with nature and relaxation of the mind!

Steve Sheppard

I never wanted this journey to end
Much can be said about Bearheart Kokopelli’s subtle mastery of the flute and on this brand new offering “Vision Quest” we have probably the artists best work to date. Using the guitar talents of the very classy Harald Peterstorfer, the musician has manifested a work of art that is utterly beautiful with every note played.
Our musical sojourn takes place within the comforting arms of an outstanding opening piece called Can You Tell Me, at times emotive, at times moving, but always passionate and colourful. You can usually get a feel for an album after hearing the basis of composition from the first track, and if this is the case, then this is an album that is going to be breath taking, and it is.
Talking to the Ancestors is up next a piece that embodies everything that I would like to do one day with my guitar and my wife’s flute. The performance is rich in texture and incredibly fluent as well, the mournful reflective guitar is matched with such perfection and charming narrative on flute. The slight energy increase in the latter half of this arrangement was noticeable, but beautifully done and strangely enough reminded me of some of the more acoustic work of Led Zeppelin, on a Stairway to Heaven perhaps.
On Follow the Sun we have a slightly different offering, one that has a little mystical sense about its construction. This magical composition sparkled with the brightness of a warm summer’s day, and at times the flute of the artist reminded me of the imploring nature of the UK’s leading flute performer Nigel Shaw. Peterstorfer eloquent performance added such a layer of smoothness and quality to the piece, and Kokopelli’s delicate nature brought us a true stand out composition indeed.
I adore compositions about rivers and here we are, about to walk over the musical bridge and sit on the banks of one as we listen to Crossing the River. The song has a built in sense of slow movement, as if we are there, watching the life giving water flow under our bridge of tone and timbre. This is a clever piece, beautifully played and arranged with some quite complex moments of musical mastery on both flute and guitar to enjoy.
It wasn’t until I played Mojave Sundown, that I realised just how crafting an artist Kokopelli actually is, his tenderness on this track is to be honest, stunning. One can picture in the mind’s eye a sunset with ease, we’re literally there to watch the artist paint a lush and colourful canvas of calmness and tranquillity, this is one of the warmest offerings on the album, and one that will no doubt be played many times over, as we watch yet another loving sunset.
We are at the half way juncture now and I have realised just what a wonderfully beautiful experience I am having; that would continue with the longest offering of the album called Walking the Sacred Path, something I think I have done for a few years now, as we walk, we create our own energetic footprint. The harmony with which the artist and Peterstorfer manifest this piece is truly a halcyon moment of musical genius. A slight native chant can be heard in the distance and the deft and delicate heartbeat of a drum can be heard on the musical horizon, this is a legendary offering indeed.
The cry of the flute can now be heard echoing through and over the mountains as we watch a Canyon Sunset, something I would love to do one day. Peterstorfer and his guitar now join Kokopelli as the piece seems to create its own reality. For me this track felt like a celebration of life, the happiness when one realises just how wealthy and rich they are, when their gifts are as simple as a new sunrise and a glorious sunset, a wonderful example of symbiosis in musical partnership can be found here also.
There is a powerful eastern element in this next piece that is balanced by a clever western styled performance on guitar that manifests another really clever opus of music. We seemed to cross a few genres here as well; one could feel the blues and a hint of Jazz too. Desert Blues is one of those pieces that you just fall in love with and find yourself whistling around the home randomly, a fun offering, but also one that is quite ambient in its own way as well.
I’m rubbing my hands with glee as the title tracks start to play, this is always a special moment for me, this is the ultimate canvas on which the artist has created the overall narrative of the album on. Vision Quest, a delightful eight minute plus opus, a musical vision so grand and complex, but a composition incredibly well performed by two artists who clearly are in touch with their muses. This arrangement offers up a meditative creation of bliss, one that leaves such a positive footprint of skilful mastery, within the minds eye of us always ever eager listeners.
The penultimate track off the album is the light and heartfelt piece Medicine Song. Bearheart Kokopelli is at his best in creating one of the sweetest melodies off the album. The soothing guitar creates the backdrop for Kokopelli’s sublime moment of stylish manifestation and leaves us with such a wonderful emotional energy of happiness at its conclusion, I could see with ease this composition being released as a single, I am sure it would be a big hit.
We finish now with a return to the opening title, almost, in Can You Tell Me Now. This is almost like summing up the feelings and all the emotions that have gone into making this release possible, a sense of fulfilment and accomplishment can be heard in this last truly beautiful offering.
Vision Quest by Bearheart Kokopelli is in my view his best work by far, the artist has really created something so good here that I hope it will go down as a land mark album for all time to come. I never wanted this journey to end and I hope you won’t either. Vision Quest by Bearheart Kokopelli has to be one of the best Native American styled flute and guitar based albums I have ever heard, and I urge you to make this part of your collection as well, your soul will love you for it.