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Ama

by Michael Brant DeMaria

Dreamy, other worldly ancient future music to calm the mind, open the heart, soothe the soul and birth a new world.
Genre: New Age: Healing
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1. Ama
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2. Night Voyage
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3. Stella Maris
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4. Lost
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5. Beyond the Veil
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6. Between the Worlds
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7. Mysteria
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8. Renascence
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9. Shimmering Light
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10. Arrival
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Musical careers have as many different beginnings as there are musical instruments, and probably a lot more. Some folks fall into it organically; some have an epiphany, perhaps while listening to an iconic recording; some are set on the path by a chance encounter; and for others, it’s as if pieces of a puzzle fall gradually into place, guiding them inexorably to their life’s purpose. Michael Brant DeMaria is one such person.

Growing up in Wilton, Connecticut in the 1960s, Michael was the middle of three boys born to an Italian immigrant father and a mother who grew up in foster homes. At the age of 7, Michael (who didn’t talk until age 3 and was quiet and quite shy) had traumatic abdominal surgery. He found comfort, both physical and emotional, in playing the piano. "I would play one note at a time and close my eyes to heal from the trauma, and let that one note dissipate off into silence, then hit another one. It was like 'Zen piano.' I realize now I was self-soothing or doing sound based meditation." This was Michael's first foray into the field of music therapy—the baby steps on his pathway to where he is now. However, as a child, he didn’t entertain notions of being a professional musician, preferring to dream of careers as a back country ranger, ski patrol, doctor or actor/filmmaker. However, he also dreamt of becoming a drummer. This evolved when he first experienced jazz at 8 years old and he became enthralled by the band’s drummer. He eventually took lessons which elicited praise from his teachers, one of whom proclaimed that he would "…one day be a famous drummer." Later, Michael would grow his musical repertoire to include assorted flutes, ethnic percussion, piano and an array of keyboards and synthesizers. His earliest recordings were made on cassettes which he gave to friends. The final “piece” of his puzzle (the first two being using piano to self-heal and his introduction to drumming) fell into place in 1993 when he was introduced to the Native American flute during a wilderness vision quest fast in Alberta, Canada. The experience transformed him over the next decade. The puzzle was complete and Michael resonated with the “picture” it portrayed.

His recording career began in earnest in 2003 with the release of The River, the first album released on his own label, Ontos Music. Success came almost immediately as a string of recordings garnered gushing reviews and award nominations (Grammy® and Zone Music Reporter) as well as shooting to number one on playlists and getting copious airplay on FM, Internet, satellite and cable radio. Besides releasing albums on Ontos Music, he is also a Sounds True ™ recording artist and his albums on their label have also achieved critical and commercial success.

You would think all this would be enough, but besides his music career, Michael is also an integrative psychologist, author and playwright, sought after speaker, yoga and music instructor—and if you hadn't spotted the thread running through all this, all these fields are connected by his fierce desire to help people achieve serenity and a state of health and wellness, which he believes we all deserve. Even with all that going on, Michael found time to marry his high school sweetheart (they recently celebrated 40 years together) and raise a daughter (who also is a musician). Michael and his wife, Kathy, live in the picturesque Florida city of Gulf Breeze, surrounded by national forest and seashore, which no doubt helps to inspire him many times over.

Musing over his musical career, Michael is clear about its purpose. “I…feel my music is inside of me and it has to get out and I don’t want to die with this music in me, it comes from this deep place that to me is a gift… I am interested in this musical/creative conversation with the world, or what I call a soulversation – so when I have success it’s because my greatest joy is touching the worlds’ greatest need – and when that connects – I know I’m doing the work I came here to do on the planet, and it’s an ongoing ever shifting conversation/ soulversation.”

Multiple Grammy® nominee, multiple Zone Music Reporter nominee and winner, renowned integrative psychologist, oft-requested guest speaker, author, playwright, yoga instructor—all of these elements coalesce in the person who is Michael Brant DeMaria. However, as with many things in this world, the whole is so much greater than the sum of its parts. More than anything else, Michael is a force for healing and positive change in this world, and goodness knows we are all better off for his being here.

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Bill Binkelman

An amazing return to recording from a visionary artist!
fter a five year absence from solo recording, Grammy-nominated musician Michael Brant DeMaria makes a triumphant return with Ama, an album dedicated to his recently deceased mother. Michael spent three years guiding her to the ultimate journey and its destination, always with peace and dignity. Ama means mother or grandmother in many languages and is also translated as “water” in the Cherokee tongue. Ama is Brant DeMaria's most ambitious album and represents a high- water mark in displaying his versatility as a performer and composer. Effortlessly traversing multiple genres and moods, displaying mastery of everything from ages-old flutes and ethnic percussion to state-of-the-art electronics, synthesizer shadings, and ambient textures, the four-time Grammy nominee instills each of Ama's ten tracks with a sense of deep emotion, veering from pure serenity to somber reflection. Ama is Michael Brant DeMaria's tour de force and is an essential recording for the new age and ambient genres.. Highly recommended!
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Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio
I could not believe it had been 5 years since I had last spoken to Michael; he had released The Maiden of Stonehenge, and now in 2018 he is back on home turf and with a new musical child entitled Ama. I also gazed from my studio window at the blue skies and drifted back to my days with the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, back even further in 2008, and as a testament to those memories I today wear a fragrance given to me back then called Cherokee Moon.
So our musical sojourn can begin by the stream of life on the bank of a mid-reality called Ama, or water in Cherokee and the first track of this amazing new project is in fact the title header itself. A more imploring and mystical piece you will find nowhere else in this realm. The keyboards and flute form a veritable symbiosis of thought and presence that seems to literally invent a whole new dimension of musical brilliance all around us.
After the inspiration of the opening piece we now come across a deep and mood filled composition called Night Voyage. A slow sense of movement can be found here, perhaps one taken through the pathways of the darkness as only the glory of the moon lights our way. The keyboards here float and hover with an intensity so powerful, and various chimes along the way only add to the mysterious splendour of the track.
On Stella Maris we come across a composition of lightness and clarity, the keyboards here manifest a vast realm of music to explore, there is also an underpinned feeling of peace here as well. A charming angelic arrangement, designed to lift the spirits and raise the energies before we start off on our journey again.
There are times when I listen to DeMaria’s work that I literally get Lost. OK, I know that’s a tenuous link to the next track that’s called that, but it’s true, here the artist manifests a primarily flute based opus that one can truly get lost in; the gentleness of this arrangement is bathed in a sullen backdrop of thought, I could for example see myself sitting in a forest by a stream, listening to the flute narrating on my sad mood, as I watch the rain cry into the ever meandering river below.
Times change and so do moods, and here on Beyond the Veil we have a sense of something altering the very fabric of time and space before our eyes, akin to the burning away of mist on a summers day, as it seems to form angels of the morning that dissipate on the mirrored lake before us. This is a composition of such an artistic creation, it deserves multiple listens; I am now on my third, and this heavenly essence of ambience is going to play a much deeper part of my personal meditative processes.
From the opening of the Veil, we now move Between the Worlds as only the Shaman can do, the flute here is the call and cry to follow a new pathway, the floating keyboards manifest a new realm of wonderment entirely. This in my view is one of the best arrangements I have heard from the artist, and from its tones I can see again the wide open ranges of the mid-west, and the freely roaming Buffalo, yes, there are still a few left, and hear the wind blowing through empty fences! Michael Brant DeMaria’s performance on flute here is outer-worldly and proves his very soul is touched by the instrument.
As we begin our descent into the latter half of the album we come across a very moving track filled with mystery and adventure and called Mysteria. DeMaria has us captured here with his supremely masterful performance on flute, while once again the keyboards seem to swirl around us creating dimension after dimension of musical bliss.
With the mood firmly set we continue on with our journey with the artist and wander among the continuum of a piece entitled Renascence. This reflective opus opens a musical portal for us to roam within, one that at times even takes us back to the classic years of John Carpenter on synths and David Naegele on piano, in that ever so pleasant Temple in the Forest.
We have now arrived at our penultimate doorway of music and called Shimmering Light. This translucent offering reminds me of a few weeks back when Chrissie and I sat on the coast line down from our home, and watched the sunset on a horizon of shimmering waters. The drifting sensation of the keyboards are exactly the way the sun kissed waters played out for us, and this quite breath taking composition would have been a fantastic soundtrack for that event, perhaps next time!
So we have arrived after our long voyage at the very last track off the album and it is called Arrival. A clever way indeed to end the album and quite a pleasant opus to part with as well, this almost astral and ethereal composition lifts our energies and leaves us feeling completely relaxed and full filled. Arrival is a perfectly placed anthem with which to end with.
Ama from Michael Brant DeMaria is his first solo release for some 5 years, but it has been well worth the wait, each track has been carefully crafted to give you, the listener, the perfect listening experience. Whether it is on keyboard, piano or flute, the artist has done himself proud and produced one of the best albums of the year in this genre so far. Michael Brant DeMaria is one of those artists who play’s from his heart, with an openness of spirit and with the honesty of love, and with that combination, how can this album be anything else other than a complete success.
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Candice Michelle

Deeply serene, gently hypnotic and seemingly esoteric
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Michael Brant DeMaria returns with his latest album, Ama, following a five-year hiatus since his last solo recording entitled The Maiden of Stonehenge. Known for his musical versatility which includes his mastery of world flutes, ethnic percussion and textural electronic arrangements, DeMaria essentially creates electro-organic, ethno-ambient soundscapes within a consciously new age musical framework. Heartwarmingly dedicated to his recently deceased mother, the album is comprised of ten compositions spanning approximately fifty-seven minutes. Likewise, the word “ama” not only means “mother” or “grandmother” in many languages, but also translates as “water” in Cherokee tongue of which aptly makes for an intriguing parallel.

The opening title track, “Ama”, slowly unfolds with sparsely-placed, high-register piano notes that eventually introduce an improvisational arrangement of fluttering flute and breathy intonations amid a fog of soft synthesizer tones. Slipping even deeper into this mysterious mood is “Night Voyage”, which ensues with an ambient-electronic arrangement of shifting synthesizer tones and shimmery metallic percussion that resonates all around. This is one of my favorite pieces on the album – with its deeply nocturnal and dreamily shamanic qualities effectively evoking images of a desert canyon under starry skies. The following “Stella Maris” is one among a few atmospherically lighter pieces on the album, which are characterized by softly layered angelic tones that bear some resemblance to the music of Deuter or Liquid Mind. The next piece, “Lost”, is comparatively earthier with its rewardingly simple combination of lower vibrating flute and gentle acoustic guitar.

Another one of my favorite pieces on the album is “Between the Worlds”, which as its title suggests, likewise exudes a mysteriously transportive, shamanic essence. Here, native flute seemingly echoes upon the winds amid a shimmery droning haze that permeates the listening space. Another particularly intriguing piece is “Renascence”, which features crystalline piano droplets falling upon a bed of billowing ambience. The closing piece, “Arrival”, seemingly guides the listener to an idyllic destination with its celestial tones of light and warmth.

Showcasing lots of subtle variety, the compositions on Ama are overall mysteriously ethereal and hail a most wonderful musical comeback for Michael Brant DeMaria. Additionally, DeMaria’s parallel work as an integrative psychologist and yoga instructor yields profound influence on the soundscapes he creates, of which are deeply serene, gently hypnotic and seemingly esoteric in nature. Effectively bridging the stylistic borders of ambient and new age music, this beautiful work will highly appeal to many listeners who enjoy both genres!
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Ama" is the deeply personal yet universal story of the passage from one form of life to the next, told in the language of music by a devoted son who accompanied his mother on that journey over a three-year period. Michael Brant DeMaria has enchanted, soothed and healed us with his music for nearly a decade now, but this is his most profound music to date. Often very ethereal and ambient, "Ama" is ideal for massage, yoga, meditation or any time you need to let go and flow again. In addition to being a four-time Grammy nominee, DeMaria’s last five albums have gone to #1 on the Zone Music Reporter’s charts and he has won seven ZMR awards including “Album of the Year” for his 2010 release, "Gaia." A multi-instrumentalist and composer, DeMaria is also an integrative psychologist, Yoga/meditation teacher, sound healer, and author with several books and plays to his credit.

"Ama" means “water” in Cherokee, “mother” in a dozen languages, and “love” in Latin, Italian and Spanish. The album is based on more than thirty years of research into sound healing. Referring to the spiritual journey he took with his mother, DeMaria explains: “I was drawn to the deep places it took me and how I found and discovered a luminosity in the darkness and a timeless, deathless love that sustains me still.” All ten tracks on the album were produced, composed and performed by DeMaria and the album is the fifth release from the Ontos Healing Sound Project. Native flutes, piano, guitar and keyboards/synths explore and chronicle the journey in musical colors that range from deep blues and purples to brilliant white.

"Ama" begins with the title track, which starts with a very open and ambient piano solo before adding ethereal synth effects, chanting, and Native flute. Often shimmering and mysterious, it very effectively sets the tone of the album. “Night Voyage” goes much darker, but is not threatening or tragic. Rhythmic and percussive yet ethereal and very smooth, the piece expresses the feeling of sailing on dark waters on a starless night. In “Stella Maris,” the tone lightens considerably as the voyage becomes guided by a bright star. “Lost,” while very calm and peaceful, is about being lost in the darkness, adrift, and yet feeling at home. Flute, guitar and piano are hypnotic, soothing and profoundly beautiful. “Beyond the Veil” is the music of transition, of approaching death and letting go, and the music is very ambient. “Between the Worlds” is also ambient, but the haunting flute gives it wings while keeping it grounded. A simple piano melody returns in “Renascence,” a piece about death and rebirth to a new, ageless body. Feelings of discovery, mystery and peace are conveyed. “Arrival” is the end of one journey flowing into a new one free of pain, sorrow and loss.

What an amazing work of art it is that Michael Brant DeMaria is sharing with the world, offering hope and healing to all who will take the time to listen. Very highly recommended!
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