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by Mark Holland

Intimate, Passionate, Expressive, Organic Music.
Genre: New Age: New Age
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Reflection 1
5:14 album only
2. Just Before Dawn
7:07 album only
3. Reflection 2
6:27 album only
4. Reflection 3
4:02 album only
5. Anna Dancing
3:46 album only
6. Reflection 4
5:43 album only
7. Ranya's Sky
4:24 album only
8. Clouds
5:30 album only
9. New Every Morning
5:10 album only
10. Reflection 5
5:28 album only
11. Blue Carousel
4:33 album only
12. And The Sun Lights Up The Canyon
3:54 album only
13. Last Candle
4:03 album only


Album Notes
“Reflections” is the newest musical offering from Cedar n Sage Music.
Something magical can happen when musicians get together and don’t say a word but just play - play from within, creating spontaneous songs born out of silence.
Such is the case here with “Reflections” all the songs
were created “in the moment” live in the studio.
Mark Holland (Native American Flutes) founder/leader of Autumn’s Child
and Cory Edwards (Piano) take the listener on a musical journey - with sensitivity to dynamics and tonal color and overall listening to each other -the musicians weave a kaleidoscope of sound.
Somewhat similar in style - this cd is a bit reminiscent of R. Carlos Nakai’s
work with Peter Kater or something from David Lanz and Gary Stroutsos.
The interplay between these musicians is beyond words.
A fan who heard rough mixes of this album said - “you may have a hard
time convincing people that this is all improvised music.”
The fact is - it all is ... the only parts that were added were the Cello and
Double Bass lines. Which brings us to acknowledging the special guest on
this project, Jim Feist. Jim is classically trained on eastern Indian tabla..
Jim Feist has mastered the tabla - and tabla adds great beauty not only
rhythmically but also tonally to these compositions. All tabla parts were
also composed spontaneously along with all flute and piano parts in complete
takes. Peaceful music for troubled times.

Mark Holland - Native American Flutes
Cory Edwards - Piano
Jim Feist - Tabla
Ranya Iqbal - Cello
Jay Hungerford - Upright Bass

New Age Reporter Review

Cedar N Sage Music (2008)

When he is in the role of leading the Native American flute/world fusion band Autumn's Child, flutist Mark Holland's recordings tend to be energetic passionate rhythmic excursions. On the other hand, his CD Reflections casts him in a more meditative light, crafting serene flowing flute melodies and joined throughout by pianist Cory Edwards (tabla player Jim Feist, cellist Ranya Iqbal and upright bassist Jay Hungerford also appear on certain tracks). However, even though this is, for the most part, a collection of laid-back instrumentals, it's still got plenty of "life" in it when compared to more staid releases of this type. Not that the music on Reflections isn't of the type you can play to help relax or de-stress, but that it’s also engaging enough that you could listen very intently to this album and probably unlock more than just its ambient-ish background pleasures.

Five of the thirteen tracks are titled "Reflection" followed by a number (1, 2, etc.). "Reflection 1" kicks off with Edwards evocative piano playing (Holland certainly isn't into hogging the spotlight). Bit by bit, first Holland joins in, followed by Feist and bassist Hungerford. There is a gentle fluidity to the music and the tabla rhythms, while noticeable, enhance the flowing melodies rather than detract from them. The real power of the piece comes from Edwards' piano playing at the song's mid-point. On "Just Before Dawn," Holland and Edwards switch starting places, the former opening the affair with a lovely and somewhat sad lilting flute melody. Unlike the previous cut, this one stays cast in a somber mood throughout. "Reflection 2" marks the first appearance of cello (tabla is also present on the track). Like "Reflection 1," the cut has both quiet pensive moments as well as subdued but rhythmic ones. The energy intensifies and the mood lightens on "Reflection 3" with a more insistent tabla beat and even some scat-like vocalizings (uncredited) at the beginning. The jazziness of this piece (on the piano) brings to mind the great album Rivers from Patrick Leonard.

Later in the CD, "Ranya's Sky" is a wonderful cello/flute/piano number, both softly playful and sweetly nostalgic, while "Reflection 5" hints at a classical influence in both the cello and piano and "Blue Carousel" features Holland executing some nifty flute trills over Edwards' piano backdrop. The minimal "Last Candle" concludes Reflections, and the track showcases Edwards' sensitive sparse playing (Holland provides solid accompaniment in the middle of the piece). Frankly, I would've enjoyed a few more selections along these more minimalist lines, although the earlier numbers which feature more accompanists are solidly entertaining as well. However, the more sedate and somber mood of "Last Candle" reveals that Holland and Edwards are masters at making a big impact with a "small" sound.

I haven't mentioned this earlier, but it bears doing so now. Since Mark Holland plays Native American flute, there is an undeniable similarity of this album to Native fusion music, although the presence of piano and tabla go a long way towards making Reflections sound unique when compared to other like recordings of late. There's no denying that the musical characteristics of the wooden flute are singular but whether it’s the compositions or the accompanists, I'd recommend this CD to more than just fans of Native flute music. Likewise, while the tabla is usually associated with East Indian music, I'd also be less inclined to label this album as such. What Reflections typifies, more than anything else, is how ethnically diverse instruments can blend into a whole greater than the sum of its parts. The disc would be a great addition to any acoustic instrumental music lover's collection and I recommend it as such.

Rating: Very Good

Bill Binkelman
New Age Reporter

New Age Retailer Review

Cedar N Sage Music (2008)

Unlike the albums from his more uptempo world fusion ensemble, Autumn’s Child, Reflections showcases a softer, more meditative side of Native flute player Mark Holland. Working with pianist Cory Edwards (although the CD also features tabla, cello and upright bass), Holland retains the characteristic sound of the wooden flute while playing music aimed (for the most part) squarely at contemplation and relaxation. All 13 tracks were, per the liner notes, created “‘in the moment’ as spontaneous songs in the studio” but you wouldn’t know it in the sense that this music has a wonderful flow and a “just right” feel to it. Obviously, the artists were feeling quite simpatico during recording sessions. While some songs do feature tabla rhythms, I’d still classify this as relaxation music. The track “Clouds” is indicative of the unique hybrid sound of Holland’s Native flute and Edwards’ New Age piano, a mixture that, in these two artists’ hands, proves to be a winning formula. Acoustic music lovers will enjoy this album whether they favor piano or flute as both are featured prominently.

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Reflections by Mark Holland
I have been a fan of Mark Holland and Autumn\'s Child for many years. Whether you\'re a first time buyer of the music, or have them all, don\'t miss out on this new CD, \"Reflections.\" He and Cory synergize with each other, and take you along with them. It\'s not only beautiful and well done, it will leave you feeling peaceful and calm. I use this for meditation personally and with my clients. Mark is such a gifted musician as is Cory, and this newest release is nothing short of remarkable.

walt frampus

Once again Mark Holland has done a fantastic job with this CD. I get a lot of inspiration with my own flute playing listening to Mark. This Cd is just beautiful. I can't say which is my favorite song because I love them all!

Dan Ricketts (the Noisy Bear)

Certainly this is not the first Native Flute and Piano CD and these songs are not the first Mark has composed featuring the flute and piano, but they are some of the finest. What I like best is the way Mark and Cory established a mood, and carried it throughout the CD while still giving the listener a wide variation of the theme with each new piece, maintaining my musical interest. Each new song is it\'s own unique listening experience. I recently had the privilege to hear them both live in concert playing numbers from the CD and experienced the audiences reactions. There was nothing but silence and total fixation on the sounds emmanating from the stage. You will get this same \"live\" feel from the CD itself. It is well crafted by two well trained, sensitive, and intuitive musicians. I have been a big fan of Mark\'s music for a long time and look forward with anticipation to any new release. \"Relections\" is definetly a tape measure home run! (After all the baseball playoffs are upon us!)

Sandy czerwinski

Great CD. I have all of Mark's CD's and am glad to add this wonderful CD. Beautiful and relaxing!