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by Silvia Nakkach

New ambient music that conveys a sense of unbounded space and time. A gentle journey through fluid soundscapes, inspired in India ragas and ephemeral voices moving, transforming, and dissolving like clouds in the sky. Evocative cello, flugelhorn & guitars
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Liminal Clouds (feat. Todd Boston & David Darling)
5:21 $1.75
2. Liminal Beauty (feat. Todd Boston & Jeff Oster)
8:46 $1.75
3. Liminal Motion (feat. Todd Boston & David Darling)
6:16 $1.75
4. Liminal Space (feat. Todd Boston & Jeff Oster)
6:52 $1.75
5. Liminal Light (feat. Todd Boston)
5:50 $1.75
6. Liminal Rays (feat. David Darling)
3:11 $1.75
7. Liminal Glow (feat. Todd Boston)
5:45 $1.75
8. Liminal Dream (feat. Todd Boston)
6:11 $1.75
9. Liminal Moon (feat. Todd Boston & Jeff Oster)
5:10 $1.75
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Album Notes
"Depth and utter majesty makes Liminal a truly ambient masterpiece! The album is the result of the vision of Grammy-nominated composer Silvia Nakkach, a legendary singer and pioneer in the field of sound and transformation of consciousness. Listening to this music becomes a place were one can go when needing more space, inside and out."
- Lloyd Barde, Common Ground Magazine

The aural continuum of Liminal conveys a state between states, with original music unattached to any form or genre. The music blends with the sounds of the environment, playing with and for the environment itself. Time is dilated and carefully crafted as the space between sound and silence.This approach makes the listening experience sound new each time. This album is a great companion when driving or working, and can be used as a soundtrack for busy shops and open spaces, because it creates a soft and uplifting mood. Genteel soundscapes merge with the elegant melodic phraseology of the ragas of India. The crafted production is by Todd Boston, who also plays throughout the album on guitar and string instruments, composing the sound-design with Silvia Nakkach. David Darling adds lyrical cello movements, and Jeff Oster renders transcendent long tones on flugelhorn with taste and precision. The combination invites you to an absolutely unique listening journey.



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Kathy Parsons

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Silvia Nakkach
2016 / Vox Mundi New Music Series
54 minutes

"Liminal" is described in the liner notes as “a gentle journey through fluid sound ambiances and ephemeral voices moving, transforming and dissolving like clouds in the sky. Listening becomes a place where one can go when needing more space.” Although Silvia Nakkach is a Grammy-nominated composer and has released more than a dozen albums over the years, I have to admit that this is my first experience with her music. Her lovely voice becomes the “lead” instrument of the ensemble which features this year’s Grammy winner, Jeff Oster, on trumpet, David Darling on violincello, and Val Serrant on percussion as well as producer Todd Boston, who also brings his impressive artistry with guitar, piano, keyboards, guitarviol, and sound design. In addition to vocals and composing the music, Nakkach provides piano and sound design.

Silvia Nakkach is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the founding director of the international Vox Mundi School of the Voice. With a background in North Indian classical music and avant-garde composition, Nakkach has evolved her own style, employing elements of minimal melodicism, electronic liminal sonorities, and orbital rhythmic materials while seeking to transcend the ordinary sense of time and exploring the relationship between music and space. For close to three decades, she has worked to preserve unusual vocal arts through performance, education, and spiritual practice, with ongoing programs in the US, Brazil, Argentina, Japan and India. Nakkach is on the faculty of the California Institute of integral Studies (CIIS), where she created the first certificate program offered by a major academic institution in Sound, Voice and Music in the Healing Arts. She has lectured in many prestigious institutions across Europe, South America, and the US.

Again referring to the liner notes of the album, Nakkach explains the inspiration for the music: “All my life I have been fascinated with the life of the clouds wondering how the impermanence of their movement, formless, and light would translate into music. Sky gazing is for me a spiritual experience. I focus on reading signs hidden in the shape of the passing clouds. This practice also enhances the way I listen to my surrounding world.”

“Liminal” is the first word of the titles of all nine tracks. Defined as “of/or related to a sensory threshold, barely perceptible,” the second words of the titles are: “Clouds,” “Beauty,” “Motion,” “Space,” “Light,” Rays,” “Glow,” “Dream” and “Moon.” Ambient and floating, the music is soothing, peaceful, and easy to get lost in. The various instruments flow from one to another without boundaries or a specific musical form. Not all of the instrumentalists appear on every track, but the tempo is consistently slow and effortless, providing a seamless listening experience for healing, meditation and/or relaxation.

"Liminal" is a unique and very beautiful album!

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
“Space… the final frontier.” For anyone who has ever watched Star Trek, these iconic words will strike a resonant chord. Although these words could also describe Liminal, the new album by GRAMMY nominated composer, vocalist, and instrumentalist Silvia Nakkach whose music is as much about sound as it is about the space that surrounds it. Billowing clouds of ambient atmospheres carry elements of Indian ragas, sacred Afro-Brazilian chants, and more that drift serenely over ever-evolving sonic terrain that is expansive, ethereal, and enchanting.

When it came to recording this new album, Silvia chose to work with highly regarded San Francisco Bay area producer and multi-instrumentalist Todd Boston, whose own wonderful music and other projects he's produced, I've had the pleasure of writing about. In addition to Silvia on vocals, piano, and sound design, accompanists include Todd Boston on guitar, piano, keyboards, guitarviol, and sound design, David Darling on violoncello, Val Serrant on percussion and voice, and ambient horn maestro Jeff Oster on trumpet.

The word “flow” provides a good description of the music heard throughout the album. It’s also tied into the meaning of the word “liminal” which implies being between the worlds of form and formlessness, conveying a sense of unbounded space. The resulting music creates a totally dream-like state that carries the listener along without focusing on traditional musical elements such as a repeating melody, verse/chorus song structure, solos, etc. It’s a wonderfully meditative space that evokes an ethereal sense of being neither here nor there.

While the songs share a common ambiance, each one is unique, thematically and musically, with various instruments and sounds morphing in and out of the mix, some with light rhythms, others totally spacious. Silvia’s exquisitely airy vocals glide and soar gracefully like an albatross over the tranquil musical waters. “Limina” provides a transcendent listening experience that invites one to enter into a timeless space and connect with deeper levels of Being.

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