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by Peter Kater

Grammy Nominated Heart centered instrumental music for Healing and Introspection by Multi-Platinum selling/Multi-Grammy nominated Pianist.
Genre: New Age: Healing
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Blessing
13:44 album only
2. Patience
15:03 album only
3. Clarity
11:33 album only
4. Healing
15:35 album only


Album Notes
GRAMMY Nominated , ILLUMINATION takes us on an inner journey in four movements laced with sweet spaciousness and an alluring

landscape of heart centered instrumentation . Peter Kater's soul stirring piano , keyboards, vocals and Native

American flute ; Michael Fitzpatrick's poignant cello ; Trisha Bowden's heart opening , angelic vocals ; Mark

Miller and Bob Rebholz's rich soprano saxophones and Todd Boston 's glistening acoustic guitar combine

to create an atmosphere of love , compassion, healing and expansiveness that invites and nurtures the flame




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Raj Manoharan (

The RajMan Review
Even though Peter Kater's been at it for over 30 years, he still manages to express something new and relevant with each endeavor, and his latest release is no exception.

In accordance with the title and theme of this Grammy-nominated CD, the composer-keyboardist keeps things appropriately subtle, quiet, and tranquil. The tunes have a somber reverence without eschewing appealing melodies and edgy, lush textures.

In addition to his Native American flute, percussion, piano, synthesizer, and vocals, Kater builds up the layered sound mix with Todd Boston on guitar, Michael Fitzpatrick on cello, Bob Rebholz on saxophone, and album executive producer Trisha Bowden on vocals.

Kater once again presents an impeccable audio experience as only he can.

Michael Diamond (

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
I must say, that I was curious about what his latest album, “Illumination,” would be like, following on the heels of his Grammy nominated CD, “Light Body”, which was perhaps my favorite of all his many albums over the years. Like “Light Body,” “Illumination” is conceived as a healing experience. According to the liner notes: “Illumination takes us on an inner journey in four movements laced with sweet spaciousness and an alluring landscape of heart centered instrumentation.” And with the tinkling of chimes and resonating bell tones, the first of the four movements, entitled “Blessing,” begins the journey. A delicate undercurrent of synthesizer carries us peacefully along, setting the stage for the introduction of Peter’s piano at the 2-minute mark. As the airy sound of Native American flute entered the soundscape, I checked the album notes to see who was playing it, and was surprised to find that it was Peter himself. Trisha Bowden’s angelic wordless vocals add an ethereal quality to the recording, as they also did on Peter’s previous album.

Track 2, entitled “Patience,” is an ambient excursion that features the rich sonorous tone of cello, played by world-class cellist Michael Fitzpatrick. On this composition, as well as on the album in general, rather than tightly structured melodic motifs, Peter’s piano playing has a dreamy drifting feeling that perfectly fits the mesmerizing quality of the music. The third song, “Clarity,” features the acoustic guitar work of one of my favorite musicians, Todd Boston. The final, and longest track, at over 15 and a-half minutes in length, is “Healing.” There is an interesting musical contrast here that balances the earthy and the ethereal. In the second half, the sustained soprano sax notes of Bob Rebholz brought to mind the sound of the Paul Winter Consort for a moment.

If I were to choose a phrase to describe the music on “Illumination,” it might be “free-flowing.” What I liked best was how each piece just took off and followed its course without looking back, unfettered by traditional verse/chorus structures. I also liked the idea of having four extended pieces, totaling almost an hour, rather than a larger number of shorter pieces, giving you a chance to really become immersed in the musical unfolding of the track. “Illumination” is decidedly more acoustic in nature compared to the atmospheric electronic ambience of “Light Body.” This album fits nicely into Peter Kater’s musical catalog, and highlights his willingness to constantly explore new territory, rather than just recycle a formula that has been successful for him in the past.

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