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Drifting in Dreams

by Michele Ippolito

An Eclectic collection of Melodic Soundscapes that allows the conscious mind to travel into a State of Imagination.. Creating an Uplifting Mood for Relaxation.. Meditation.. Rejuvenation..
Genre: New Age: Relaxation
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1. Quiet Repose
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2. On the Prairie
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3. Ship Ahoy
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4. Reaching for the Stars
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5. Drifting in Dreams
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6. Only a Rose
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7. Across Still Waters
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8. Inspired
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9. Midnight Moonlight Trance
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10. Mystical Forest
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11. Ancient Lullaby
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Album Notes
"Drifting In Dreams" is an Eclectic Collection of Melodic Soundscapes that allows the conscious mind to travel into a state of Imagination.
Music that takes the listener from the confines of reality to a place of boundless Dreams and Fantasies.
Reflective Melodies orchestrated with a blend of Angelic Synths, Flute, Harp, Strings, French Horn.
Rhythm Toms with Percussion on "Midnight Moonlight Trance"
When in need of a time-out, relax in the comfortable atmosphere of these uplifting Musical Soundscapes.

Enjoy the Journey!
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Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky / http://sergekozlovsky.com
Bewitching world of pleasant dreams
Sometimes it speaks to us so real

The music of Michele Ippolito is a smooth stream of healing waves which cocoons the listener from the first seconds and gives him shelter from the everyday worries. And one wants to be protected and stay in this sanctuary alone for a while with these divine harmonies.

It is easy to relax and meditate with the music of the newest album of Michele Ippolito named “Drifting In Dreams”. When you listen to its soothing compositions you realize that all your troubles remain in the past and it is not necessary to regret them because the new exciting world is opened before your eyes. The new hopes come into your heart and your mind becomes clear and receptive for creation.

The keyboard music of Michele Ippolito is truly wonderful. It sounds so gently and at the same time majestic. Soft arrangements, ethereal and polyphonic orchestrations create an inimitable environment. What can one want to say while listening to the album “Drifting In Dreams”? Most of all one statement comes to mind – listen to this music and be inspired!
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Michele Wilson-Morris "The Entertainment Bank"

Michele Ippolito is the answer to your prayers with her very tranquil album "Dri
Think about this scenario. Your day has been horrible, everything that could possibly go wrong did, and you have finally made it home to what is hopefully your place of sanctuary. You pour something to refresh yourself, and begin to relax, but there’s something missing. You lit the candles, you're in your comfy clothes and chair, but t.v. is out of the question, and the quiet storm is not quiet enough for tonight. Chicago born and bred composer Michele Ippolito is the answer to your prayers with her very tranquil album "Drifting In Dreams."

When I listen to classical music or jazz, my mind is connecting to all of the elements that are unfolding, and my radar is on to catch the next phrase or rhythm. “Drifting In Dreams” is relaxing. Michele’s music is a flow of one breath to the next. Sounds of ease and comfort are set to form with tasteful analog digital orchestral, and vocal textures that cascade with peaceful textures and are never frantic or pressured.

The 11 track CD will soothe you from beginning to end. On the last 3 selections, "Midnight Moonlight Trance," Mystical Forest," and "Ancient Lullaby," Ippolito incorporates even more elements, like the electric piano answering breathy flutes. Percussion is rarely used, but on “Midnight Moonlight Trance,” I’m reminded of composer/keyboardist Patrick O’Hearn’s interesting use of minimal sounds against a wash of weaving harmonies. There is no disruption in the overall relaxing experience of this CD. I especially liked the use of harp, and vocal “Ahhs” on “Ancient Lullaby.” I like electronic music, especially good electronic music when it’s not grating to listen to. The music of "Drifting In Dreams" is soothing and perfect for setting a quiet mood. The mix sounds great with headphones on, and I recommend highly it for unwinding, relieving tension, or for use as background music while you kick back with a good book. This is also great music to get a massage by.
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Christopher Albright "Capt. Christopher" Baton Rouge, LA

Weaver of Dreams
Michele Ippolito has another winner for us.
Drifting in Dreams is a lovely, relaxing album. If one meditates or is a practitioner of reiki, massage therapist, or just looking for a totally inspirational CD, this is your choice. From the opening notes, one is transported to another dimension of a peaceful and uplifting nature. Take a voyage out of the ordinary with Drifting in Dreams, a therapeutic adventure for the psyche.
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Bill Binlelman Zone Music Reporter

Michele Ippolito has your ticket to dreamland, punched and ready to go. Nighty-n
Synthesizer artist Michele Ippolito continues to carve out her own special niche of soothing electronic music for relaxation on her third, and best, release, Drifting In Dreams. Where her first recording, Mystic Moods (2006) drew a lot of comparisons to the music of Liquid Mind, she is now emerging from that shadow of similarity as she explores a different vein of soothing synthesizer tonalities, while still retaining some of the neo-classical influences that Liquid Mind (aka Chuck Wild) harnesses. Ippolito deftly expands the colors of her palette adding some new instrumentation and additional spacemusic textures, mixing her strings, synth chorals, and spacy washes/pads with the result being a cohesive "wholeness" of blissful sonic soundscapes. At times, the music has an almost organic quality to it, as it ebbs and flows with a breath-like semblance. Also worth mentioning is how great a job of mixing and mastering was done by her husband, Vince. This is one relaxation album that you may be sorry if you don't listen to it on headphones - the mix is sumptuous and the engineering is crystal clear.

Before I get on to describing individual tracks, I do want to comment on something tangential to the music. I must admit that when I first saw a picture of Michele Ippolito (and her husband) I was taken aback. Now, of course, the new age and spacemusic genres don't automatically connotate a certain type of person as being representative of that category. Still, when I saw Michele and Vince's pictures, my first thought was "They look like someone's grandparents!" And I don't mean that in an ageist way, but more that with the undeniable scarcity of women making electronic music today, the last thing I expected was a woman who looked more like she should be bringing me a plate of fresh-baked cookies as opposed to first rate ambient/new age electronic music. Talk about misjudging the book by the cover! Anyway, it just goes to show that electronic music's appeal is broad indeed and, as Vince told me in an email, "We all age...but music keeps all of us young." Amen to that!

Moving on to the music on Drifting In Dreams, some track titles portray the sensation of slow and gentle movement that those songs will musically convey to the listener, e.g. Ship Ahoy and Drifting In Dreams, while others paint a more subdued, less active, mood, e.g. Mystical Forest, Ancient Lullaby, and On The Prairie.

Reaching for the Stars represents one of the "newer" directions Ippolito is exploring on this album, as she folds in twinkling upper-register bell tones among the undulating strings, chorals, and ambient textures. On headphones, hearing the tones appear one at a time is a treat, as if individual stars were blinking into and out of view. The title track hints at mystery as it opens with some lower (almost drone-like) washes, and here some chime-like tones are also heard, but deeper in the mix. The palpable sense of "drifting" is characterized by the ebbing and flowing of the chorals and synth textures. Across Still Waters starts off with low-pitched bass and violin strings and a pronounced classical feel before injecting some ethereal elements. Any movement characterized by the song's music is less emphasized than on Drifting In Dreams, as the title would suggest. On The Prairie does indeed have a pastoral glow to it, with waves of chorals and lush strings enveloping the piece in warmth and capturing the wide horizon aspect of standing on the prairie as the sun sets on a clear, perfect summer day. Mystical Forest is, most likely, the biggest departure from the artist's previous releases as synth wooden flute at the outset is accompanied by a low-pitched solo string bass line and reverbed upper register tones. The track takes the listener into the titular forest, as deepening shadows don't bring fear, but instead reveal a new world come to life as daylight fades under the canopy of leaves. This is a classic slice of electronic new age music, recalling the glory days of the genre in the late '80s and early '90s! Ippolito also tries her hand at injecting rhythms into her music for the first time on Midnight Moonlight Trance. Tribal drumbeats and ethnic percussion pulse underneath amorphous layers of synthesizers with an echoed tone now and then pinging in the background. The track's success would seem to indicate that Ippolito may want to consider migrating more of this music style into her future discography, as she does it well. Note that the toms and percussion were played by Vince...is there another Ippolito soon to emerge as a recording artist on the horizon? Time will tell.

As with many albums of this type, the CD works best when played all the way through, because while the 11 tracks have their own identity, the cohesion of Ippolito's trademark sounds allows for strong mood continuity throughout the album. Earlier I endorsed headphones for listening to Drifting In Dreams, but it would sound just as soothing (maybe even more so) played on external speakers. A person might miss some of the nuance but the music is so peaceful and relaxing that unless you don’t mind falling asleep with headphones on (what I wear for 'phones, would result in a big "Ouch!"), I'd only use headphones when you are fairly wide awake. Either way, Michele Ippolito has your ticket to dreamland, punched and ready to go. Nighty-night and you WILL sleep tight.


Rating: Very Good Very Good
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Hypnagogue

"What an Appropriate Title"
What an appropriate title. The hour it takes to glide through Michele Ippolito’s third release, Drifting in Dreams, goes by with you embraced in a warm haze of equal parts New Age and spacemusic with a lovely hint of classical. Ippolito layers in soft synth washes, harp, flute, and more to load her songs with strong emotional content and breath-slowing calm. If anything, Ippolito’s music exists closer to the spacemusic side, but with a bit of restraint. Her scenes are more intimate and immediate; she’s not guiding us to the farthest reaches, but inviting us to turn inward. Yet the work has that deep dreaminess, that sense of the voyage. Her style has the potency of a Constance Demby, but without relying on the celestial trappings. “Ship Ahoy” takes us as far as any starfaring synth track, and carries a waft of aching melancholy that cuts through the misty wall of sound around it. It’s a very touching piece. “Reaching for the Stars” starts off feeling a little sweet, but soon melts into another reflective set of washes. Keyboard notes twinkle in the background. There’s a lot to like here. ”Mystical Forest” takes a repeating phrase on keyboard and intertwines it through long pads and breathy flute tones. Ippolito makes excellent use of subdued percussion on “Midnight Moonlight Trance,” building in a bit of mystery and tension, along with just a touch of the tribal. The beat nicely breaks up the long flows on either side of it. “Across Still Waters” is another flute-led piece that courses along on warm synth pads. This is one that’s quite easy to get lost in as Ippolito whispers her story in your ears. There are a few points on the disc that get almost too standard-meme New Age-y for my tastes, but Ippolito never veers too far toward the sugary side of the equation. The depth of emotion and the slow, sure pace keep things strong. The work is solid throughout.

Drifting in Dreams is very much an end-of-day, low-volume kind of disc. There’s no way to deny its simple, subliminal call for you to relax. It has a definite grace and allure, and it stands up nicely to a close listen. A strong release for New Age fans that will also appeal to anyone who just enjoys good, quiet music aimed at helping you unwind.
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Marie Michaels "musicbeyondwords.com" (Colorado)

Relax on the musical journey, experience beauty, find your tranquility and eleva
From the begining song to the last lullaby, each selection provides peaceful, comforting and uplifting music. This CD teaches each of us spirituality, patience, inwardness and soul connection. The delicate sounds of 'Quiet Repose' is a container for life, its heartaches and joys. 'Ship Ahoy' is pure simplicity. Intimacy flows thru 'Reaching for the Stars' and 'Only a Rose', while 'Inspired' integrates body and spirit. Rhythms of 'Midnight Moonlight Trance' are passionate and touching, while 'Mystical Forest' evokes ambient soulful dreaminess.

It is a rare privilege to hear such quality today. So find your favorite book, pour yourself a vintage bordeaux and let each song caress your mind and spirit. Trust me, it will be the best part of your day.
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RJ Lannan

If Tomorrow Never Comes
If Tomorrow Never Comes
When was the last time you sat around on your favorite spot and just daydreamed? Did you ponder the future, wonder about the what ifs and lose yourself in thought? Yeah, I don't do it much anymore either. But we owe it to ourselves for the sake of sanity to do it every once in a while. Electronic keyboardist Michele Ippolito has taken that issue to task and produced eleven tracks of restful ambient music for just such a purpose and she does it superbly on her album called Drifting In Dreams. Each song suggests a different landscape, an unusual time, or a unique situation. This is not a one-size-fits-all experience.

In the past, I have done my thinking sitting on a rock in the shady oak woods in front of the house. The leafy canopy above is swayed by the western breezes and the sun leaves speckled shadows on the rock. The quiet is tangible. This is the memory suggested by Michele's opening tune Quiet Repose. The music is serene and it allows me to hear my own breathing. It could be the beginning of a journey of the spirit.

The title tune, Drifting in Dreams starts out quietly, and then it flows along, reaching out to you. It is an invitation to let go of the present world and take a journey into one of your own making. This particular tune took me back many years when I attempted to change my life using self-realization. It is the kind of song that is liberating.

No dream would be complete without water music and Michele provides us with Across Still Waters. Many can relate to crossing a body of water when the wind is howling or the whitecaps are at eye level and the waves crash across your bow, but there is something comforting about water that lets you glide over it, fearless and ever hopeful.

My favorite on the album is called Inspired because it says what it does. It is music played lento, but with a continuous theme that allows the mind to flow, rest and stream again. The melody is celestial, with strings and horns paired up in a peaceful ensemble.

Mystical Forest is so appropriate for the autumn I am experiencing as I listen. The woodlands, once glowing with green, have taken on the guise of gold, orange, and umber, as if donning a multi-colored cloak to hide itself. The mystery is in the changing. The towering trees are watching all the time, witnesses to what happens below. The music will urge you to go deeper and explore within.

Gentle as a butterfly kiss, the tune Ancient Lullaby, is as soothing as a mother's voice and warmer than her embrace. Every mother, anywhere. The tune sings sweetly of comfort and safety. There is the sense of tenderness and above all else, pride. It is a tune sung by Gaia herself.

What all eleven tunes have in common along with Ippolito's practiced hand at composition, are a sense of weightlessness, the aura of calmness and a sensuousness that is earthy rather than physical. If you want a little rest for your weary world, then get out on that lawn or under that tree, (or find your own sitting rock) click play, and let Michele's music take you on what my generation called an amazing journey.



If Tomorrow Never Comes


When was the last time you sat around on your favorite spot and just daydreamed? Did you ponder the future, wonder about the what ifs and lose yourself in thought? Yeah, I don't do it much anymore either. But we owe it to ourselves for the sake of sanity to do it every once in a while. Electronic keyboardist Michele Ippolito has taken that issue to task and produced eleven tracks of restful ambient music for just such a purpose and she does it superbly on her album called Drifting In Dreams. Each song suggests a different landscape, an unusual time, or a unique situation. This is not a one-size-fits-all experience.

In the past, I have done my thinking sitting on a rock in the shady oak woods in front of the house. The leafy canopy above is swayed by the western breezes and the sun leaves speckled shadows on the rock. The quiet is tangible. This is the memory suggested by Michele's opening tune Quiet Repose. The music is serene and it allows me to hear my own breathing. It could be the beginning of a journey of the spirit.

The title tune, Drifting in Dreams starts out quietly, and then it flows along, reaching out to you. It is an invitation to let go of the present world and take a journey into one of your own making. This particular tune took me back many years when I attempted to change my life using self-realization. It is the kind of song that is liberating.

No dream would be complete without water music and Michele provides us with Across Still Waters. Many can relate to crossing a body of water when the wind is howling or the whitecaps are at eye level and the waves crash across your bow, but there is something comforting about water that lets you glide over it, fearless and ever hopeful.

My favorite on the album is called Inspired because it says what it does. It is music played lento, but with a continuous theme that allows the mind to flow, rest and stream again. The melody is celestial, with strings and horns paired up in a peaceful ensemble.

Mystical Forest is so appropriate for the autumn I am experiencing as I listen. The woodlands, once glowing with green, have taken on the guise of gold, orange, and umber, as if donning a multi-colored cloak to hide itself. The mystery is in the changing. The towering trees are watching all the time, witnesses to what happens below. The music will urge you to go deeper and explore within.

Gentle as a butterfly kiss, the tune Ancient Lullaby, is as soothing as a mother's voice and warmer than her embrace. Every mother, anywhere. The tune sings sweetly of comfort and safety. There is the sense of tenderness and above all else, pride. It is a tune sung by Gaia herself.

What all eleven tunes have in common along with Ippolito's practiced hand at composition, are a sense of weightlessness, the aura of calmness and a sensuousness that is earthy rather than physical. If you want a little rest for your weary world, then get out on that lawn or under that tree, (or find your own sitting rock) click play, and let Michele's music take you on what my generation called an amazing journey.
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