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Sacred Visions

by Peter Sterling

A rhythmic contemporary gem bursting with danceable world beats and infectious multi cultural grooves. Electric and acoustic harps and guitars,cello,flutes and sax mix with sacred mantra and a touch of R n B make your body irresistibly move and groove
Genre: New Age: Ethnic Fusion
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1. Sedona Sunset
6:56 album only
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2. Shaman's Cave
5:54 album only
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3. Starlight and Moonbeams
5:10 album only
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4. Bombay Boogie
5:30 album only
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5. Eclipse
7:20 album only
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6. Dance of Saraswati
5:44 album only
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7. Mystic Rose
5:32 album only
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8. Thru the Valley and over the Hills
4:42 album only
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9. Remembrance
4:34 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The music of Sacred Visions was birthed during a time of intense artistic exploration in which my Portals of Light crystal frosted art prints were born. As I ventured forth into uncharted regions of creative discovery this music blossomed forth along side of my multi hued canvas’s and art prints. The majestic landscape of Sedona has long been a source of inspiration for me and on this record the red rocks have inspired the opening suite of the first 3 songs. Journey with me into the ancient canyons where the ancestors share their sacred teachings and spirits dance under the moon and stars. The spice of Sanskrit mantra weaves in and out of several tracks and as a life long yoga and meditation practitioner who has bathed in the Mother Ganges and felt the blessings of the Indian saints, I am grateful for the soul illumination India has shinned upon my soul. I finish the set with a duo of celtic flavored ballads that shine with the evergreen hills of ancient Ire. May your spirit drink the moist and dew laden vistas of the Tuatha De’ Danann.

I send a special thank you to all the wonderful musicians who shared their heart song so beautifully on this record.


Peter Sterling:Electric harp, Guzeng(Chinese harp) Keyboards and Loops,percussion,ocarina,recorder,vocals- Richard Hardy:Penny whistle, saprano sax and native flute Bruce Becvar:guitars on trk5
William Aura :bass on trk 5 Craig Dobin: Piano on trk 5 Robin Miller: Electric guitar on track 1 Fitzhugh Jenkins: guitar of track 6 Hans Christian:cello and Esraj
cover art:Peter Sterling ‘Star of Illumination’ design and layout” Martin Mancha Miguel Montoya: word craft
My hope and prayer is that this music will fly you through the ancient canyons and transport you to the multi hued panoramas depicted in my Portals of Light art.May the Blessing be!
Om Namah Shivaya! Amen!

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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapesradio.com
“Sacred Visions” is the sixteenth release from multi-instrumentalist Peter Sterling, who recorded this album at his own “Thunder View” studio in beautiful Sedona, Arizona. Having designed the album’s artwork, Peter also creates sacred geometry stained-glass art, as well as presents sound healing and sacred geometry workshops. “Sacred Visions” is comprised of nine compositions spanning fifty-two minutes, where Peter showcases his beautiful harp-playing (his main instrument), along with keyboards, percussion and other instruments. Additionally, musicians Richard Hardy, Bruce Becvar, Hans Christian, Robin Miller, Fitzhugh Jenkins and the smooth jazz band 3rd Force lend their talents to varying compositions.

“Sedona Sunset” opens with tribal percussion and a flowing arrangement of various instruments, where Peter’s luscious harp is joined by electric guitar courtesy of Robin Miller and native flute provided by Richard Hardy. Lushly tropical with a blend of both indigenous and modern instruments, one is instantly carried away to an exotic destination of intrigue and exploration. The piece eventually concludes with the nocturnal chirps of insects, leading seamlessly into the next track, “Shaman’s Cave”. Dreamy harp textures and added tropical motifs exude sensual warmth, bringing to mind a mesmerizing landscape rich with lush forests, colorful birds and crystal-blue lagoons. Next up is “Starlight and Moonbeams,” which opens with wordless vocals and ethnic percussion. This seemingly nocturnal yet celebratory composition conveys an essence of sailing on a river, as it winds through a forest while the traveler gazes up at the night sky. An Indian female voice graces “Bombay Boogie”, which is accompanied by tribal-esque backing vocals, the continuous flow of harp and a gently rhythmic underscore. “Eclipse” bears a touch of smooth jazz, which comes as no surprise considering this romantic piece features the talents of Craig Dobin on piano and William Aura on bass, whom together make up the band 3rd Force. Also joining the admixture is Bruce Becvar on guitars, all collectively interwoven with Peter’s heavenly harp atop a subtly chill rhythm. “Dance of Saraswati” features the musical contributions of Hans Christian on cello and Fitzhugh Jenkins on guitar, a composition that is additionally brushed by a fine touch of male and female vocals. Hans Christian also lends his amazing talents to “Mystic Rose” in the form of a Sarangi, a string instrument that comes from India and Nepal. This seductively alluring composition additionally features tabla drums, Indian vocals, and Peter’s signature harp, which further lend an exotic mysticism to the composition. Shifting cultural gears is “Thru the Valley and Over the Hills”, a notably Celtic-flavored piece laced with Peter’s graceful harp and penny whistle courtesy of Richard Hardy. Magical and dreamy, it feels like wandering through an enchanted golden land. A Celtic mode revisits the closing piece, “Remembrance”, where Hans Christian once again lends his cello. This serene composition softly lulls the listener into winding down, while being wrapped in a blanket of peace and comfort.

Profoundly gorgeous from start to finish, the compositions that collectively make up “Sacred Visions” could be described as ‘world fusion harp music’, with the album’s pan-cultural and poly-rhythmic sensibilities bearing some similarities to the music of both Cusco and the Adventure Cargo series. Peter’s mellifluous harp-playing is pristinely interwoven into these rich musical tapestries that seem to swirl and spin throughout like colorful mandalas. “Sacred Visions” is not only recommended for fans of stellar harp-playing, but to anyone who enjoys the best that new age world fusion has to offer.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Sacred Visions" is the sixteenth album in twenty-three years from master harpist/composer Peter Sterling. The music for the album was created during a two-year period of intense creative exploration. Sterling has been a visual artist for most of his life, working largely in stained glass since the age of sixteen. He recently discovered a unique way to photograph his mandala- and yantra-like windows with a special kaleidoscopic effect, calling the project the Portals of Light Series. One of these beautiful and colorful creations graces the cover of the album as well as the CD itself. Sterling sees Sacred Visions as “a synthesis of sound, geometry, color and the patterns that open ones soul to the beauty and brilliance of the divine cosmos!” In addition to electric and acoustic harp, Sterling performs on keyboards, guzeng, recorder, ocarina and percussion as well as vocals. Guest artists include Bruce Becvar and Robin Miller on guitar, Hans Christian on cello and sarangi, Richard Hardy on soprano sax and native flute, and William Aura and Craig Dobin of 3RD Force on bass and piano - longtime friends that Sterling has worked with on other projects over the years. Sterling describes the process: “This music was built upon some world beat percussion grooves of tabla, conga, and marimba in order to give the music a unique and right rhythmic line. Further explorations with samples and loops helped to bring in some amazing voices to this music which ranges from sanskrit mantra, african chant and a touch of RnB! A interesting mix for sure!!” For sure!

"Sacred Visions" begins with “Sedona Sunset,” a gently rhythmic piece that sets the mood of the album. It is also the first piece in the opening trilogy, which was inspired by the red rock and spiritual traditions of that area. The mystical “Shaman’s Cave” follows, blending harp, guitar, native flutes, bass, chanting voices, and ethnic percussion. “Starlight and Moonbeams” completes the trilogy with harp, vocals, an easy-going beat, and some hand-percussion that imbues the piece with a sense of fun. While we’re on the subject of fun, “Bombay Boogie” combines chanting voices with a danceable rhythm and East-Meets-West instrumentation. “Eclipse” slows the tempo a bit with a gorgeous slow-dance that borders on smooth jazz. Sterling refers to this piece as a “mid-record deep groove exploration” and it’s my favorite on the album. “Thru the Valley and Over the Hills” is a warm and tender piece with a sweet, simple native flute melody the flows over gentle harp rhythms and harmonies - also a favorite. “Remembrance” closes the album with an obviously very personal piece that combines harp and cello with grace and deep emotion.

"Sacred Visions" is a stirring and inspiring musical experience that soothes and spirit while it uplifts and relaxes. Recommended!
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
Well-known harpist and composer Peter Sterling is definitely in the groove with his latest release, “Sacred Visions.” The recording combines the rhythms of both East and West in a unique alchemy of ancient and contemporary elements. The result is an album of uplifting positive energy tracks that is sure to raise your spirit and get your toe tapping.

On this album Peter displays his prodigious musical talents on electric harp, Guzeng (Chinese harp), piano, keyboards and loops, percussion, ocarina, recorder, and vocals. Peter also enlists the assistance a number of fine musical accompanists such as Bruce Becvar, Robin Miller, and Fitzhugh Jenkins on guitars, William Aura and Craig Dobin of the band 3rd Force on bass and piano respectively, Hans Christian on cello and sarangi, and Richard Hardy on sax, flute, and pennywhistle.

In addition to drawing inspiration for a number of songs from the natural beauty of his home in Sedona, Arizona, where he often leads tours to sacred sites, influences of India and even a bit of Celtic flavor are reflected on the album. Peter and company cover a lot of diverse musical territory on the album. While largely rhythmic, other facets of Peter’s sonic spectrum are reflected as well, providing a perfect showcase for his diverse talents and comfort with a variety of musical modes and the many instruments he plays. One of the things that stand out to me in Peter’s music is the strong sense of spirituality that is expressed. “Sacred Visions” is an inspired blend of various musical and cultural elements that is both earthy and transcendental that makes for a totally enjoyable listening experience.


To read a full-length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: www.MichaelDiamondMusic.com
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