Laura Sullivan | Mystical America

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Mystical America

by Laura Sullivan

Named "#1 New Age Album" of 2004 by Bill Binkelman of Wind and Wire. Grammy® winning artist Laura Sullivan combines piano with acoustic and ambient instrumentation to take you on a musical journey inspired by America's mystical, and enchanting places.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. America's Stonehenge
4:48 $0.99
2. Chaco Canyon
5:54 $0.99
3. Coral Castle
7:22 $0.99
4. Bighorn Medicine Wheel
5:48 $0.99
5. Tongass Island
5:44 $0.99
6. The Serpent Mound
6:13 $0.99
7. Red Rock Ridge
6:02 $0.99
8. Pictograph Cave
5:08 $0.99
9. The Heavener Runestone
3:39 $0.99
10. Sedona
5:50 $0.99
11. Hawaiian Islands
5:23 $0.99
12. Mt. Shasta: Moonlight Sonata
5:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
Grammy® winning artist, Laura Sullivan's Mystical America consists of four song collections: Magical Creations, Sacred Symbols, Mysterious Messages and Nature's Splendor. Each piece on the album is Laura's original composition, except an arrangement of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata.

Produced by renowned artist Chris Camozzi, (appearing with artists Jeff Lorber, Michael Bolton, Maria Carey, Barbara Streisand and many others) who's electric and acoustic guitar skills also embellish the album. Along with Laura on piano, also featured are Mary Pitchford on violin, Diane Grubbe on contemporary and wooden flute and Scott Fuller's keyboards, samples and orchestral strings. Original cover art was created for the album by Johanna Pieterman.

Kathy Parsons of Solo Piano Publications writes: "A strong and passionate pianist, Laura Sullivan brings a distinctive new voice to contemporary piano."



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Steven Cravis "pianist and composer"

Laura Sullivan's CD Mystical America is a much needed, healing reminder of the natural wonders unique to America embodied in a musical masterpiece. Her affinity for nature and spirituality is expressed in total through her fingers on the piano, her song writing and arrangements, all which are flowing, infinite and natural. Listeners will feel both calmed and grounded by this exceptional CD.

S. Fragoso

Laura's incredible talent & passionate piano playing amazed me again with her second cd, Mystical America. I am entranced every time I listen, and I love the sage incense that was included, what a neat idea!

R.J. Lannon, New Age Reporter

Laura’s new arrangements take on a mature vitality and soulfulness that makes you want to listen again and again. You can sit back and close your eyes and in your heart and mind you realize that this music was just the impetus you needed to explore. Mystical America is a worthy companion to anyone’s journey. Discover. Rating: Very Good.

Joshua Anderson, Streams of Time

Mystical America has moved to the top of my favorite albums. It's touched my soul like no other music has, and in my opinion has a healing aspect that summons a true inner peace.

Andrew Maday

A Beautiful Odyssey of Sound
You can begin with this CD, but expect to return soon for her others. Laura’s unique talent and creativity infuses her music with the emotion, beauty and tranquility of nature itself.

Kathy Parsons

“Mystical America” is pianist Laura Sullivan’s most uniquely beautiful work to date. Inspired by the wonder and mystery of various sacred and magical sites around the country, the music is peaceful and soothing, but provides plenty of substance to think about, enjoy, and dream. All of the tracks feature Sullivan’s elegant and graceful piano, and others include guitar, keyboards, strings, and flute. Chris Camozzi, Scott Fuller, Mary Pitchford, and Diane Grubbe contributed their considerable instrumental talents to the project, and Camozzi also produced and arranged the CD. The twelve tracks are grouped into four sets of three pieces: Magical Creations, Sacred Symbols, Mysterious Messages, and Nature’s Splendor, and the liner notes take us on a fascinating tour with a knowledgeable guide. All of the pieces are original compositions with the exception of “Mt. Shasta,” which is a gorgeous arrangement of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” (Sullivan has included a favorite classical piece on each of her albums). The CD also includes a packet of hand-dipped desert sage incense to intensify the experience.

The first of the “Magical Creations” is “America’s Stonehenge,” which comes from Mystery Hill in Salem, Massachusetts. A duet for piano and violin, the piece is both mysterious and lighthearted - an odd combination that works beautifully. “Chaco Canyon” comes from a complex in northwestern New Mexico that was the main ceremonial center for an ancient people. Acoustic guitar and piano with some keyboard washes paint a tranquil scene. Part of the complex is a series of roads that go out from the structures in a series of straight lines that extend for miles into the desert. Thought to represent the out-of-body spirit travel of the shamans, the music has a floating quality that conveys peace and wide-open space. “The Serpent Mound” (Ohio) is subtitled “Celestial Harmony.” Ambient sounds enhance the gentle warmth of the piano, creating a delicate and serene soundscape. The “Mysterious Messages” pieces all have a light yet haunting quality. They are melodic, but somewhat less structured, and shimmer with gentle elegance - I especially like “The Heavener Runestone.” My favorite set is “Nature’s Splendor.” “Red Rock Country” (Arizona), subtitled “Scent of Desert Sage,” is a piano solo with a lovely rolling left hand and a sweet, simple melody. I had the pleasure of hearing Ms Sullivan play this piece on my piano at the Whisperings concert last summer, and it was hypnotic. My favorite track is “Hawaiian Islands: Born of Fire.” A bit different from the rest of the album with its upbeat tempo, I really like the energy on this one! The closing track is a gorgeous arrangement of “Moonlight Sonata,” a tribute to the majesty and beauty of Mount Shasta in California. Sullivan’s piano is faithful to Beethoven’s original, with subtle and poignant keyboard accompaniment added.

Laura Sullivan keeps growing and surpassing herself with each new release. “Mystical America” is a marvelous artistic achievement, and should be a treasure in anyone’s music collection. Very strongly recommended!

Ellis Hadlock

This Music Comes Alive
Brilliant work and visualations. The music comes alive and each song has it's own unique and beautiful presence. The intriguing styles and varied blends make this music so fresh and enjoyable to listen. Definitely one of my favorite New Age albums. I highly recommend it!

mary horner

Mystical AMerica
I think this is the most beautiful CD I own! I listen to it when I fall asleep. It is just so relaxing.

Jeff Pearce

inspired art from a master musician!
What Laura Sullivan created on "Mystical America" is something that a lot of pianists strive for, but very few achieve- and that is balance. The compositions are gorgeous, the recording and production values are top notch, and to top it off, she often provides space for another "voice" in the music- namely, one (or more) of her musical collaborators. Pianists often fall into purely solo players, or ensemble players. Laura can do both, and do both with heart. Her compositions "flow"- and that's a cliche, I know, but the music on the disc moves- smooth and unhurried. Those who have never heard Laura's music may roll their eyes when they see "moonlight sonata" included on the cd, but one listen will put them to ease; unlike some heavy-handed new age musicans in the past, Laura handles this piece with reverence and a stunningly gentle touch. With these musical trips to (and unltimately into) some of America's "sacred sites", Laura has created a cd that doesn't demand attention- but you'll gladly give your attention to it.

Lars Andersson

Just awesome!
You just fly away, it´s truly amazing!!!
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