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The Space Between Thoughts...a journey east

by Peter Ross

shakuhachi (Japanese Zen flute) and bamboo flutes played with ethnic instruments of India, Asia and the Middle East.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Morning Light
9:28 $0.99
2. A Journey East
11:29 $0.99
3. Gently Turning
10:39 $0.99
4. The Space Between Thoughts
18:40 $0.99
5. The Pull of the Moon
7:56 $0.99
6. Hietsuki Bushi
7:17 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Peter Ross is a natural improviser who has the rare ability to get into a creative zone in the recording studio and play with great feeling and spontaneity." -Ray Brooks, Author of "Blowing Zen."

About "The Space Between Thoughts...a journey east

Perfect for Tai Chi, Yoga and meditaion this is a deeply meditative recording of Shakuhachi (Japanese Zen flute) and bamboo flutes played with ethnic instruments of Asia, India, and the Middle East.
This eclectic combination of flutes, harmonium, violin, and tambura transcends global boundaries. Peter uses drones, continuous long tones as the underlying basis for most of the songs, bringing a peaceful and calming feeling to the entire collection. Elegant vocals were also used on several of the pieces adding an hypnotic and exquisite backdrop to Peter's superb talent.

Peter Ross: Shakuhachi & Bamboo Flutes
Gary Haggerty: Oud, violin and Tar
Elizabeth Falconer: Twenty String Koto
Ed Pias: North Indian Pakhawaj
Arne Livingston: Bass
Garrett Fisher: Harmonium and Vocal
Jessica Kenney: Vocal

About Peter Ross:

Originally from New York City Peter Ross started out playing Jazz on the saxophone. Later, while living in Berkeley, California he heard the Zen flute of Japan; the Shakuhachi. He studied this hauntingly beautiful flute with three Japanese masters.

Peter spent three years traveling to over 30 countries collecting musical ideas and cultural influences. These experiences are reflected in his compositions and recordings.

From 1992 to 2003 Peter resided in Seattle, WA, where he was very active as a shakuhachi performer, teacher and flute maker. Peter currently resides in Costa Rica where he continues to perform and teach. He has produced 5 CD's of his original music and is in demand as a studio musician, teacher and performer. His recordings air weekly on NPR's "Echoes".

As a player, Peter brings his uniquely innovative style to the shakuhachi. He plays with great feeling and creativity. Strongly influenced by jazz, Peter uses his improvisational skills to transcend traditional shakuhachi playing styles.

A multi-instrumentalist, Peter plays many different sizes of Shakuhachi, as well as an Arabian flute he created, a South Indian flute (bansuri), various bamboo flutes and the bass silver flute. Experimentation for him is a given.

Besides playing the traditional flute music of Japan, Peter composes world music melodies for his CD's that combine his love of music from Africa, Bali, India, Japan and the Middle East.

He's very innovative and uses musicians and instruments from all over the world to great advantage.

For example he recently composed an African melody. He played it on a Japanese Shakuhachi, and was accompanied in the recording studio by an Indian tabla player, an African guitarist, a Jazz bassist and a Celtic viola player. And it works beautifully.

He uses the finest musicians from around the world to accompany him on his passionate and hypnotic recordings. His music has appeared on soundtracks for both film and television.

After you listen to any one of Peter Ross's five original recordings you'll agree that his is a unique and original talent worth listening to over and over again



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Riley Lee

Well done! Many parts of "The Space Between Thoughts" are truly exquisite.
Many parts of Peter's "The Space Between Thoughts...a journey east" are truly exquisite, especially the bits with the Arabian and Indian sounding scales. Well done!"


Truly innovative music with soul
This CD has been inspirational for me... just knowing that there is an artist out there putting together such rich, eclectic sound that compliments any mood. I never tire of this recording, even after using it repeatedly in my body therapy practice. It's the only one I ever bring home from work!

Todd Hymel

This is the first of Peter's CD's I acquired. That's when I fell in love with his music. I recently played this for a patient who sayed it transformed her, and wanted a copy.


If You Expect Bamboo Perfection, Peter Ross Delivers Every Time!
When I reviewed Peter's other CDs sold here at CD Baby, I mentioned that his style is so eclectic as to defy simple description but that he totally masters whatever he attempts. Two of his albums are primarily shakuhachi - one in classic solo style and one in incomparably smooth jazz and improv - and they are simply as good as they get! This one is still different, still masterful and exquisite; here he combines shakuhachi and transverse bamboo flute with a variety of truly 'world music' backings and a common 'drone' undertone for all of his compositions. Two of the tracks use human voice to complement his seamless and soaring flute skills, other tracks use instruments familiar and unexpected, but all combine to make yet one more delightful voyage into the creative universes of Peter Ross. You really should own them all.

Rachel May

Great Talent and Hard Work Give This Music Backbone
I've been a fan of Peter Ross for very nearly a decade and was very excited when he made this, his first CD. It remains one of my favorites. It is appropriate for many occasions as background or foreground. It is a perfectly natural blending of true Japanese shakuhachi played in the popular honkyoku style with Peter's own individual style. It is easier for the Western ear to listen to than most Shakuhachi music because he lets the melodies sing forth more clearly than more traditional players do.