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Twilight Serenade

by Peter Sterling

Electric harp,violin,silver and bamboo flutes, electric and acoustic guitars dance on sultry world rhythms and atmospheric keyboard textures. The perfect music for love,romance and dreaming!
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Twilight Serenade
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2. Walk With Me
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3. Edge of Forever
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4. A Mother's Love
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5. Isle of Light
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6. Dream Catcher Suite
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7. The Seventh Gate
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From reviewer Michael Diamond-Music and Media Focus : Talk about going with the flow, that is something that harpist and multi-instrumentalist Peter Sterling has developed into an art form. According to Peter: “The tracks for Twilight Serenade were born out of one long improvisation as I sat at the harp and allowed the music to emerge without any agenda. The songs flowed out in sequence as you hear it on the disc. The only song on the CD, which was pre-rehearsed was track 4, ‘A Mothers Love’.” Following this initial outpouring of inspiration, Peter spent over two years orchestrating the harp tracks with other instruments and guest musicians at his studio in Sedona, Arizona. This album is a follow up to his well-received Patterns Of Reflection CD, which was nominated for “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album” by Zone Music Reporter in 2012. The harp tracks for both albums were created during a marathon two day recording session at the studio of a shaman friend of his in California. Peter felt guided to work on and release the music which became Patterns Of Reflection first, and has now returned to showcase the music that developed into Twilight Serenade, and which he feels is even more transcendental.

Subtitled, “Music For Dreaming,” Peter calls this “the perfect soundtrack for dreaming awake,” and on the back cover of the CD he quotes Henry David Thoreau who said: “Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” The image of a setting sun framed by a Native American dreamcatcher on the front cover, further illuminates the theme. Having written about Peter’s last album, Patterns Of Reflection, I’ve also had the pleasure of writing about his earlier releases, Center Of The Circle and Circles Of Light, which was actually recorded on location inside a crop circle in rural Wiltshire, England. With such an appreciation of Peter’s musical talents, I’m always eager to hear his latest creative offering.

With a soft shimmering wash of cymbal and delicate harp melodies, the album opens with the 10 minute long title track. The song follows a graceful arc, beginning with an appropriately dreamy ambience of harp, accented by ethereal synthesizer, violin, guitar, and chimes for the first half. From there it evolves into a laid back groove with hand drums providing a rhythmic foundation. The song comes full circle later on, settling back into the drifting ambient feel it began with. In addition to harp, Peter also adds percussion, keyboards, and voice on the album. His accompanists include Fritz-Hugh Jenkins on guitar, electric violinist Dov, Richard Hardy on silver and bamboo flutes, and his life-partner Crystal Bliss, who plays Alchemy crystal bowls.

Cascading harp arpeggios evoke images of a tumbling waterfall on the second track, entitled “Walk With Me.” This piece is less orchestrated than the first one, with just a bit melodic guitar and heavenly choir sounds from the keyboard in the background, and also features some of Peter’s reverberant vocals. A brief interlude called “Edge Of Forever,” has a cinematic quality with its harp glissandos, crystal bowl harmonics, ambient electronic textures, and the sound of water. Chirping birds and gentle harp set the stage for the aforementioned track, “A Mother’s Love,” which develops into what is for me, the most emotionally evocative piece on the album. Peter, along with his accompanists, have really captured a feeling here that radiates pure heart energy. I was deeply moved by this composition, which emanates love, compassion, and an angelic spirit. This is a song I will definitely come back to when I want to feel inspired and uplifted. A nice touch was the tubular bell chimes accenting a song called “Isle Of Light,” which shares a similar heavenly feeling as the preceding track. The previously mentioned cover image is referenced in an epic track entitled “Dream Catcher Suite.” This truly is a “suite” in that it evolves through a variety of sonic scenarios, ranging from dream-like and ambient, to foot-tapping rhythmic excursions, and back again, over the course of its 17 and a half minutes. Featuring exquisite orchestration, this piece reflects the various facets of Peter’s musical persona. The final track takes us through a musical portal titled “The Seventh Gate.” There is a bit of a yin yang feel to to this piece. The first half is quite active, while the second half seems to cross a threshold to a quieter more spacious realm. I like the way it brings the listener back down at the end, providing a perfect conclusion to the album. After listening Twilight Serenade, you really have the feeling that you have been on a magical journey.

Having heard and written about a number of Peter Sterling’s albums, I continue to be impressed, not only with his talents as a musician, arranger, and composer, but just as much with the spiritual focus he brings to everything he does. In addition to his own recordings, he has also been a special guest on three albums by the smooth jazz group 3rd Force lead by William Aura, which includes such jazz greats as Peter White, John Klemmer, and Craig Chaquico. Peter Sterling will be featured even more prominently on their upcoming album Global Force coming this fall. However, his artistic abilities extend into other media as well, and Peter has recently authored a new book entitled Hearing the Angels Sing, published by Light Technology Publishing. The book is factual account of Peter’s real world (and other-worldly) experiences, and also includes a 70-minute companion CD, with a special mix of some of his best-loved songs. In addition to being a talented stained glass artist, Peter is also known for his work as a back-country guide to the vortex’s and sacred sites of Sedona, Arizona for 25 years. Most people would be satisfied to be accomplished in just one thing, but Peter Sterling is a true renaissance man who is constantly evolving and exploring new frontiers. His new release Twilight Serenade, is an enchanting musical voyage that shines with creative energy and “harp magic.” http://michaeldiamondmusic.com/2013/08/03/twilight-serenade-by-peter-sterling/#more-3300



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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Harp music is not something I normally gravitate towards. But when Peter Sterling is involved, I know I'm going to be in for something far more different than your standard harp music.

The Sedona, Arizona-based artist creates yet another captivating collection of celestial sounds and ethereal textures based around the dreamy tones of his electric harp, which here makes the case for being a lead instrument as compelling as the electric guitar or the piano.

In addition to his electric harp, Sterling embellishes his spacey and introspective original compositions with voice, keyboards, and percussion. Helping Sterling create his unique sonic signature are the talents of Dov on electric violin, Richard Hardy on silver and bamboo flutes, Fritz-Hugh Jenkins on electric and acoustic guitars, and Crystal Bliss on Alchemy crystal bowls.

Sterling couldn't have a better last name as it's an apt description of his music.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
Subtitled "Music For Dreaming," Peter Sterling’s "Twilight Serenade" is harp music at its most relaxing. I sat down to write this review a couple of days ago and had to stop because I kept falling asleep! (This is intended to be a compliment!) We’ll see if I make it through this time! The seven tracks on "Twilight Serenade" were the result of two nights of recording in 2009 with shaman Howard Lipp, following several months of intensive and transformational work that Sterling did with Lipp and his wife. Quoting Sterling: “Inspiration for this music was born from these deep soul journey experiences which brought me to many transcendental and visionary states. My intention was to somehow recall and access this quantum field of being and bring forth music as an expression of it.” "Twilight Serenade" was from the first night of recording and 2012’s "Patterns of Reflection" was from the second (and went on to be nominated for ZMR’s Best Contemporary Instrumental CD for the year). All seven tracks were created from improvisations as Sterling allowed the spirit of the moment to flow through him unencumbered. The song sequence on the album is the same as it was that night and Sterling spent the next two years orchestrating the tracks. He appears on electric harp, keyboards, percussion, and voice; Crystal Bliss appears on alchemy crystal bowls, Dov on electric violin, Richard Hardy on silver and bamboo flutes, and Fitz-Hugh Jenkins on guitars.

"Twilight Serenade" begins with the title track, a ten-minute piece that meanders a bit the first few minutes as Sterling searches for the direction the music wants to go. After that, the peaceful, gently rocking rhythm and graceful melody flow seamlessly and effortlessly. “Walk With Me” is much more ambient with the harp playing in a rather circular fashion with guitar, voices, and atmospheric sounds creating a mood of absolute peace and relaxation. “A Mother’s Love” overflows with warmth and tenderness as the harp gently touches the heart. Strings and subtle keyboard washes give the piece an ethereal feeling that is soothing and comforting. On “Isle of Light,” the harp seems to be emulating flickering beams of light dancing on peaceful water. “Dream Catcher Suite” is an ambitious 17 1/2 minute piece the seems to feature all of the contributing artists and bits of a multitude of musical styles. Because of the length of the piece, it is leisurely and organic, evolving and moving in any direction the spirit leads.

"Twilight Serenade" is a very calming and soothing musical journey that will undoubtedly earn Peter Sterling many more accolades.
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Reveiw excerpt from Music and Media Focus
Talk about going with the flow, that is something that harpist and multi-instrumentalist Peter Sterling has developed into an art form. According to Peter: “The tracks for Twilight Serenade were born out of one long improvisation as I sat at the harp and allowed the music to emerge without any agenda. The songs flowed out in sequence as you hear it on the disc.” Following this initial outpouring of inspiration, Peter spent over two years to orchestrate the harp tracks with other instruments and guest musicians. This album is a follow up to his well-received Patterns Of Reflection CD, which was nominated for “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album” by Zone Music Reporter in 2012.

With a soft shimmering wash of cymbal and delicate harp melodies, the album opens with the 10 minute long title track. The song follows a graceful arc, beginning with an appropriately dreamy ambience of harp, accented by ethereal synthesizer, violin, guitar, and chimes for the first half. From there it evolves into a laid back groove with hand drums providing a rhythmic foundation. Cascading harp arpeggios evoke images of a tumbling waterfall on the second track. A brief interlude called “Edge Of Forever,” has a cinematic quality with its harp glissandos, crystal bowl harmonics, ambient electronic textures, and the sound of water. Chirping birds and gentle harp set the stage for a track called, “A Mother’s Love,” which develops into what is for me, the most emotionally evocative piece on the album. This is a song I will definitely come back to when I want to feel inspired and uplifted. An epic track entitled “Dream Catcher Suite” evolves through a variety of sonic scenarios, ranging from dream-like and ambient, to foot-tapping rhythmic excursions, and back again, over the course of its 17 and a half minutes. Having heard and written about a number of Peter Sterling’s albums, I continue to be impressed, not only with his talents as a musician, arranger, and composer, but just as much with the spiritual focus he brings to everything he does. His new release Twilight Serenade is an enchanting musical voyage that shines with creative energy and “harp magic.”

To read a full length review of this CD as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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