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Overture to the Ethers

by Sound Oasis Trio

Instrumental music that feeds the soul — mixing world music with jazz with new age, plus a bit of humor thrown in... Cornell Kinderknecht, Martin McCall, Cynthia Stuart
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Overture to the Ethers
5:54 $0.99
2. Santa Fe Sunset
4:34 $0.99
3. Zenith of Mars
6:53 $0.99
4. Longing
3:51 $0.99
5. Snowfall
9:34 $0.99
6. Just Imagine
4:41 $0.99
7. Refuge
4:50 $0.99
8. Vous Les Vudoo
4:11 $0.99
9. Tenderness
3:20 $0.99
10. Far East
6:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
Soothing, soaring, haunting, whimsical… these are the combined flavors of Sound Oasis, whose magic springs from an apothecary of woodwinds, keyboard and drums. Lightly seasoned with a sense of humor and joy, Sound Oasis is where your soul can go to rest, rejuvenate and celebrate.

Sound Oasis is:
Cornell Kinderknecht: bansuri flute, saxophone,
Native American flute, recorder, keyboard,
xylophone, eagle bone whistle
Cynthia Stuart: keyboard, xylophone
Martin McCall: drum kit, doumbek, djembe,
timbales, percussion, keyboard



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Mary Guthrie

Communing with the Muse
This hits so many right notes I’m not sure where to begin. Sound Oasis serves up so many themes, eclectic, jazz, new age, groove... Some numbers are longing and pensive, others odd and quirky; perfect for a long walk with your headphones on, or a cross-country drive, or that blessed evening in your comfy chair with a glass of wine. All instrumentation, no vocals. But don’t mistake it for “background” music. “Background music” is something that you can talk over without missing anything. No, this is definitely “listening” music, something you’ll want to keep your ears open for.

I was reminded of the group Pieces of a Dream, but only because they both burrow into elements of jazz. But there’s something more here. It’s definitely a skillful weave of music, whether they are touching on Native American or Eastern or other genres.

What we have here is a case of musicians communing with the Muse.

Personal favorites are “Santa Fe Sunset,” with its blend of xylophones perking along on top of an underpinning thrum of a steady bass line; the song builds in layers, adding in this ethereal flute line and a hint of…organ? To my surprise, it grooves. Nicely. I think this surprise element is what I like best about this collection – just when you think you have Sound Oasis figured out, they go and serve up something unexpected.

“Snowfall” is a good example of this. Just when you think they’re mining film score territory, at the halfway point they take you into a smokin’ jazz joint off the beaten path.

Another favorite is the aptly titled “Longing.” It delivers just what you want it to: plaintive piano and a flute line that just reaches out for you. The composer captured it perfectly.

“Vous les Vudoo” and “Far East” are both treats. “Vudoo” just makes me smile! (I’d love to see this one played live.) “Far East” lost me a little at the beginning but totally captured me again once things got rolling – again, multiple layers like a fabulous cake complete with icing, flowers and candles. And that funny little cymbal crash! There’s a lot to hear in this one- you never know what they’re going to sneak in. It’s a delight!

Bryan Gregory

If Stranded in the Desert, Be Sure You Have This CD
The search for joyful, yet profoundly moving music in the new age desert of sonorous sameness is over. Sound Oasis has emerged on the horizon with music that’s as joyful as it is ethereal. With their debut release musicians Cornell Kinderknecht, Cynthia Stuart, and Martin McCall have indeed made an Overture to the Ethers, establishing themselves among the very best in their genre. From title track to final cut, each original composition is a gem.

Noted woodwind expert and master teacher Cornell Kinderknecht weaves haunting melodies on a variety of standard and exotic instruments. His soprano sax playing on the jazzy Snowfall and his Native American flute on Refuge is exceptional. He exhales life into every song.

On keyboards and mallets, Cynthia Stuart provides the body for the group’s musical soul, laying in perfect harmonies and counter melodies. She, perhaps alone in her genre, has brought to the fore the sound of one or her teaching instruments, the Orff xylophone, she a specialist in Orff-Schulwerk pedagogy. Her compositions Just Imagine. Longing, and Tenderness are evocative and complete, crafted to accompany one’s best moments of imagination and feeling.

Rounding out the trio is percussionist Martin McCall. His playing brings another dimension to the band. At times it lightens the sound and at others it drives the music of Sound Oasis. Listen to his Vous Les Vudoo. You’ll hear Martin inspire his bandmates to a musical climax. If you’re like me, you’ll feel the happy urge to dance.

These consummate musicians have aptly named themselves Sound Oasis. Trust me, in the desert of homogenous, new age ramblings, where a melody is just as likely to disappear just as it begins to strike a chord, you’ll turn often to Overture to the Ethers. You see, this Oasis is no mirage.