Shannon Michael Terry | NINE PALACES

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by Shannon Michael Terry

Acoustic ambient Avant-garde neo classical world beat art music. The music is intended to accompany the reader through the journey of Diana Wong’s book MERGING THE LABYRINTH AND BEYOND art and life of Diana Wong, and to give air to the nine regions
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Water
8:42 album only
2. Earth
6:08 album only
3. Thunder
11:23 album only
4. Wind
10:15 album only
5. Center
5:59 album only
6. Heaven
7:49 album only
7. Lake
5:03 album only
8. Mountain
8:42 album only
9. Fire
6:57 album only


Album Notes
Shannon’s music evokes the desire to create. By using the art of sound, the listener’s mind is opened to explore new worlds of meditation, mystery and imagination. Shannon has immersed himself in the field of sound and music for over a decade, developing his talents in composition, arrangement, sound design and music production. As a musician, Shannon plays the Array Mbira, kalimba, flute and keyboard and has developed a special talent and interest in overtone singing and vocal improvisation.

In 1993, Shannon began studying with Jonathan Glasier, a former assistant to microtonal pioneer Harry Parch. Jonathan is a master musician who has invented a number of innovative musical instruments. With Jonathan, Shannon explored the history and structure of overtone singing, microtonal music and instrument building. This experience led him to the awareness that music flows beyond the twelve-tone scale.

In 1996, Shannon was featured as an overtone singer on the sound track for the documentary “Quest for the Secret Chamber”. He traveled to Egypt to sing and record inside the great pyramid, Cheops.

In 1997, Shannon became resident artist and composer at the Bureau of Arts and Culture in Los Angeles. There he began to explore the relationship between visual art, sound and music creating original compositions for art exhibitions Shannon’s residency at the bureau also led to the creation of the OPEN DOOR ORCHESTRA a revolving ensemble of players from around the world. Their music utilizes an array of instruments with both primitive and contemporary influences.

In 1999, as a member of the Earth Action artists, an organization promoting environmental awareness, Shannon composed music for “Awakening”, a multi-media air ballet featuring aerial dance troupe Bandaloop. This performance was a creative protest against new oil exploration and was performed at the Earth Summit meeting in Buenos Aries.

In 2000 Shannon produced a compilation recording entitled “Breathing Sound: Original Compositions for art exhibitions”. This CD documents a three-year period that explored the relationship between visual art, sound and music. During this time he also completed the debut self-titled CD by the OPEN DOOR ORCHESTRA.

In 2001 Shannon composed two original sound compositions. The first, “Cavings” was an installation at the Sand Box Gallery in Los Angeles and was a collaboration with painter Jennifer Wolf. The second composition was a piece entitled “The Road to Zanzibar” in which he collaborated with painter Gary Palmer.

From 2002-2005 Shannon produced the OPEN DOOR ORCHESTRAS second CD – “a Sound in the Universe” which will soon be released. It will be followed by a spoken word project of Shannon’s poetry set to the Music of the OPEN DOOR ORCHESTRA entitled “ODO Speaks”.



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Demitra Tsioulos

I love the album 'Nine Palaces'! I play it so often it has become the soundtrack to my daily life. Shannon Michael Terry has an extraordinary musical capacity to capture natural elements in each song and deliver the music in a unique and timeless way. I find this music to be limitless! It is an incredible find. A masterful album in the art of sound.