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Full Circle

by Margaret Bernstein

Virtuoso flute playing on ten original, uplifting and spiritual compositions, from lyrical to upbeat, with piano, acoustic strings, and nature sounds. Suitable for mediation, relaxation, healing, and creative focus.
Genre: Classical: New Age
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1. New Life Journey and Dance
4:22 album only
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2. Conditions of Happiness
2:54 album only
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3. In Search of Completion
7:17 album only
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4. Song for Michael
2:36 album only
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5. Approaching Amartithi
5:33 album only
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6. Rahuri Sunset
4:38 album only
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7. Meherabad Morning
6:03 album only
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8. Joy in My Life
2:42 album only
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9. Love Takes Time
4:08 album only
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10. Full Circle
3:23 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Margaret Bernstein's Biography

Margaret Bernstein is a versatile musician whose music touches the hearts of all who listen to her. Although known to many audiences as a flutist, she shows exceptional talent as a composer and songwriter with accomplished keyboard skills as well.

Margaret's virtuosity on the flute has won her several awards and scholarships and has lead her to performances as a solo, chamber, and orchestral player throughout the United States and abroad. She has participated in music festivals at Aspen, Colorado; Saratoga Springs, New York; and with the Albany Symphony in the Shaker Mountain Music Festival in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She has performed with musical ensembles of varied genres throughout the country including as soloist with the Saint Cecilia Chamber Ensemble (Albany, New York) and extensively in the Dance Brigade's "Nutcracker Sweetie" productions (Oakland, California). Although she is classically trained with degrees in performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM), and Arizona State University (MM), live performances and recordings testify to her unique improvisational abilities. Her many recording appearances include two solo recordings, "Full Circle" and her follow-up album, "On the Threshold Of Change", both which features ten original compositions for flute with her own piano accompaniment.

Margaret's instrumental compositions have been inspired by her pilgrimages to India and South Carolina as well as having lived in the scenic hills and valleys of West Marin county, California and in the Helderberg Mountains of Upstate, New York. Her background as a dance accompanist (both her parents were professional dancers), and her studies in music from other cultures also influence her compositions as she blends unique folk and classical elements into her compositions. She is a prolific songwriter having written many songs in the folk, pop, and country genres in addition to her instrumental compositions. Her extensive children's' music catalogue includes selections commissioned for school choruses in addition to two musicals with original scripts, "The Little Seed" and "The Trees' Song for Peace". Several of Margaret's instrumental compositions have recently earned her international recognition through the UNISONG and West Coast Songwriters' Competitions, including the title composition on "Full Circle", and "Awakening Hearts and Souls Dance" and "In the Direction of Home" found on the "On the Threshold of Change" CD.

In addition to her careers as a musician and composer, Margaret Bernstein is a New York State certified teacher in Music (vocal and instrumental) as well as in Elementary Education. Most recently, she has worked for the Schenectady City School district as a general music teacher and Chorus Director. She is founder of the Youth Sahavas, a retreat for teenagers held annually at the Meherbiography-new editionsbiography-new editions Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Her other interests include enjoying and preserving our natural resources as well as horse back riding and swimming. She currently resides with her six year old son and their animals in their old farm house in upstate New York.

Reviews

"Composer, flautist and pianist Bernstein has a warm, lustrous flute tone and her sophisticated compositions radiate joy and inner illumination. Most moving to me was "In Search of Completion," an introspective piece that begins with troubled musings; the music then opens up to the delicate grace of synthesizers and a final resolution celebrated with drum rolls. A fine ensemble of acoustic musicians makes this ("Full Circle") an intimate experience that will make friends with your soul. Sumptuous."
(NAPRA Review)

"...Peace and harmony through the famous flute of Margaret Bernstein. She also accompanies herself on piano & synthesizer."
(The AMBSC bookstore catalogue, Los Angeles, CA)

"Margaret Bernstein possesses wonderful technique and facility with her instrument. She is also artful with artful instincts that lift a song or a piece of music to its highest aspiration. She adds nuances to the music that are both tasty and inspirational. Margaret Bernstein is a producer's dream in every way: a well prepared and extremely talented musician." ...David Maloney, (Recording Artist/ Singer -songwriter, San Anselmo,CA)

"Margaret is a virtuoso flutist who possesses much warmth and creativity in her playing as well as in her original compositions. I love playing with her."...Mimi Fox (Monarch Recording Artist)

(Margaret is) "an excellent player, with good tone, intonation, and a very fluid improviser. Also (has a) good repertoire for flute music."...Schawkie Roth (Musician / recording artist )

"...Full Circle is a varied combination of inspiring compositions which take the listener on a musical journey combining the best of classical, new-age, and international styles. From the light pop-like production of "Conditions of Happiness" perfect for radio play, to the peaceful meditative "Rahuri Sunset", to the classical but lively "Approaching Amartithi", the journey unfolds and takes the listener away. An accomplished flutist, pianist, and composer, Margaret Bernstein has arrived."...Warren Dennis (producer, composer)

"Wow! What BEAUTIFUL inspiring, enlightening, soulful music! Well
worth the wait! I LOVE it!" (Mike Straud, Magician, Palo Alto, CA)

"...Your music is so beautiful, I just cannot stop crying. I'm so moved..."
(Robert Imbrosci, sculptor, Bolton Landing, NY)

"Many thanks for ... FULL CIRCLE... It is beautiful! I was particularly impressed with "Rahuri Sunset" and that gorgeous flute resonance that only you possess. Your use of counterpoint is wonderful, and you have a unique way of combining complexity with simplicity that propels your art with mystery and excitement..." (Bertrand Howard, composer, San Francisco, CA)

"Thank You! Thank You! for your beautiful music- FULL CIRCLE! I listen to it often- early morning is my favorite time!..."
(Rhonda Trevthick, counselor, Geyserville, CA)

"We love your music! We listen to it when we are writing. It helps us concentrate. And it helps us to learn to be better writers."
(Children at Awakening Seed School, Phoenix, AZ)

"FULL CIRCLE will spread peace and gentleness through your sound system. Not to mention superb musicianship..." (Sheriar Press, Myrtle Beach, SC)

"......FULL CIRCLE.. deeply touches my soul. Every time I listen..... I feel closer to myself and to God! This kind of gift is ine of the greatest gifts one can give....." (Ron Schlegal, New York

Full Circle:description of pieces

New Life Journey and Dance- (4:19)
Beginning with a flute duet evoking longing of the spirit, the piece engages grand piano and bass in creating a lively up tempo mood.
Conditions of Happiness- (2:50)
Suitable for radio airplay, this relaxing up tempo piece for flute,
keyboard and percussion is perfect for the ride home from work.
In Search of Completion- (7:14)
As the most sophisticated piece on the album, this passionate piece is
a show case for acoustic piano utilizing many elements of classical
composition.
Song for Michael- (2:31)
This youthful, cheerful melody for flute, piano and chimes evokes
happy childhood memories.
Approaching Amartithi- (5:31)
Written for flute, violin and piano, this happy piece evokes a sense of
peace as well as excitement as the tempo and dynamics increase
within the composition.
Rahuri Sunset- (4:35)
Inspired by a pilgrimage to India, this is a lyrical, meditative piece for solo flute accompanied by a soundtrack of crickets.
Meherabad morning- (6:01)
Reminiscent of classical chamber music, this lively piece in triple
time featuring flute, piano, cello and acoustic bass makes listeners
want to dance.
Joy in my Life- (2:41)
A simple joyful piece for flute and harp.
Love Takes Time- (4:04)
Melodic and somewhat ethereal, this piece for flute and piano will
soothe listeners at anytime of day.
Full Circle- (3:23)
Quiet and serene, this memorable melody played on flute is gently accompanied by synthesizer and a bird soundtrack.

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