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by Rockapelli

We are a group of friends. We all have a passion for music. Most of us met at Native American Flute festivals across the States (Zion park and Yosemite etc.). Our music covers a wide range, from Americana to spiritual songs from the heart.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Shoshone Sunrise
5:35 $0.99
2. Freedom
4:34 $0.99
3. Snake Eyes
4:00 $0.99
4. Spirit Rein
4:09 $0.99
5. Meadow
1:22 $0.99
6. Midnite Sun
3:58 $0.99
7. Halcyon
1:20 $0.99
8. One Smile
5:19 $0.99
9. Oasis
6:13 $0.99
10. Walking Thunder
5:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
Rockapelli uses a wide range of instruments: from cello, ukulele, Udu and Moyo drums, guitars and even an almond bag. We use the Native American flute as a lead instrument in some of our songs, but also in solo pieces that touch on the spiritual side of our journey. The members are Kevin Donoho, Emiliano Campobello, Robert Reil, with help from Jack Lees, Betsy Wise, David Haq and Vince Chafin. All our music is co-mixed and co-produced by Vince Chafin, Kevin Donoho,and mastering by Cjt and Pyata Penedo of Figure 8 sound. We try to leave a message in all of our songs. Keep hope my friends and stay positive. Check out our website: www.rockapelli.com It has old and new information. Lots of flute information. If you have Flash, you can also try playing one of the Virtual flutes.
Susan Marie Reeves - Backup vocals (susanmariereeves.com )
Sierra Reeves - Lead vocals for Midnite Sun.
Songs Shoshone Sunrise and Oasis used with permission from Heart Whisperer Music. Native American flute and much more by Vince Chafin.
Thanks again for listening.



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Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio (www.oneworldmusic.co.uk)
It’s time for us to go on another musical journey dear reader, this time one with a difference, as we ride out across the sonic plains with Native American band Rockapelli.
We start with a spectacular offering called Shoshone Sunrise. With drums, flute and chanting we are gifted something truly scene setting on this composition, that sets us up nicely for the remainder of the album.
The title track “Freedom” is sublime, and contains a really creative mix of indigenous music, rock and superb vocals. This is a delightfully paced track with some light and very thoughtful guitar by Kevin Donoho, and some emotive vocals by Reil. This track is one that I personally rate very highly and its smooth rock style is sure to make its way onto my Friday Rock show sooner rather than later.
The acoustic guitar on Snake Eyes was a real scene setter, and the bass created the foundations for us to all enjoy a really rhythmic offering. The percussion really reminded me of the great days of Santana. A real team effort of a piece this one and a very enjoyable driving composition that constantly but carefully picked up energy and tempo as it manifested itself.
The guitar on the beginning of Spirit Rein had a really light smooth Jazz ethic to its initial construction, which morphed into an excellent folk ballad; this is one very beautiful song that has so many elements of artistry drawn within it. The song itself is simply adorable to listen to, and with ease we can be there to watch the Spirt Rein fall gently on our faces.
At the half way point we are greeted by the spirit energy of the horse, which means Freedom. The natural sounds, flute and acoustic guitar set a wonderful panoramic vista of a summer landscape, in the delightful short form track called Meadow.
The start of Midnite Sun really reminded me of early Rush on softer tracks like Closer to the Heart, however the individuality and incredibly wonderful performances by Sierra Reeves on vocals for this song and the stylish guitar of Donoho manifested for us a totally outstanding arrangement of classy brilliance, and this composition is one of my favourites from the album.
Donoho’s acoustic begins the early refrains of the next piece called Halcyon, this is a moment in our lives that is rare, and means a segment of your life when everything is perfection in both peace and harmony, and the music suits that mood time perfectly.
As we move deeper into the album we come across a clever arrangement called One Smile. This is yet another fantastically produced arrangement, which has both good lyrical content and performance. The vocals supplied by the outstanding Bob Reil are both soulful and powerful when needed, as a vocalist myself that’s not always an easy thing to do. The flute then creates a whole new dimension as Emilano Campobello joins the dance and soon after Donoho‘s guitars and drums add weight and intention to what is one of the best and most meaningful tracks of the album.
The longest track from the release is called Oasis and thankfully lasting all of a lush and sweet six minutes plus. Listen and be in awe of the performance on flute and superb acoustic narrative on guitar. The natural sounds really create an atmosphere of a peace filled Oasis with ease. This is one of those tracks that you start listening to and enjoy so much you keep dragging the counter back to zero to start again, a totally sun kissed environment has been masterfully created here and all you have to do is relax, close your eyes and enjoy!
Our last moment of musical magic is called Walking Thunder, and as you may guess from the title, we are in for something explosive, powerful and emotive. The percussion is deep and has great movement, especially when partnered so ably with the flute. Reil’s vocals drive us along this musical Buffalo trail and we can even give merit points for the huge storm rumbling thunder clap at the beginning and the end of the song. I do so love compositions that have a reference or relationship to the potency of storms, the amazing energy of the power of the creator and this arrangement with the amazing drum and audio provided by Susan Marie Reeves towards the last few moments of this piece says it all, this is a true classic, that you must play many times over.
This album by Rockapelli is not just good it is powerfully effective; it has charm, intensity when needed and its creative and artistic performances and compositions are simply outstanding.
Freedom as an album is a collection of songs that have been created with a really positive energy, it has vibrancy, but also a smoothness and totally professional and thoughtful methodology can be found behind the overall concept of the release. The band should be proud of themselves for producing such a quality album and that quality should also be part of your music collection as soon as possible, as albums of this elk, do not come around that often.