Steven Chesne & The Luminous World Orchestra | Moments from the Life Stories of Strangers, Pt. 1

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Moments from the Life Stories of Strangers, Pt. 1

by Steven Chesne & The Luminous World Orchestra

After four years of silence, the LWO rises again with a multicolored musical journey of spiritually inspired movements, taking the listener through the joyous, the contemplative, the reflective, the playful, and the transcendent. "Moments from the Life Stories of Strangers - Pt. 1" defies categorization, with elements of symphonic, international, sacred, and indescribably etheric music. This is a recording that should be heard with the eyes closed and the heart open.
Genre: New Age: Neo-Classical
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1. Invocation
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2. For When the Love Will Rain Down Upon You
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3. Yorkietown
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4. Flicker of the Glistening
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5. Glory Story #2
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6. Coaxed to Grow
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7. Morning Hocket
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8. Change, Your Oldest Friend
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9. Lumiere Du Soleil
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Album Notes
Following are some Luminous World Orchestra Reviews:

From the "New Age Reporter" Top Ten review:

"These two albums both conducted by Steve Chesne with the LWO were the high point of the year."


The Daily Om:

"it leaves you quietly transfixed and grateful to be alive to hear such beauty..."

"...great torrents of spiritual gratitude..."

"The results on the LWO's debut, ‘Deva,’ were astounding ."


Science of Mind:

"...beautiful, expansive music ..."

"... peaceful but powerful upliftment...."

"Steven's multi-dimensional music can take you deep into your heart as well as transport you to the far stretches of the cosmos."


New Age Retailer:

"The CD's haunting beauty is almost surreal."


Stephen Hill, "Hearts of Space":

"...their refined textures and skillful compositions take you someplace worth going.”


Light Connection Magazine:

"It's hard to write about the music of Chesne and the LWO in anything but glowing superlatives."

"...unabashed emotional and spiritual passion."

"A masterpiece of haunting beauty..."

"...emotionally evocative, lush...surreal."

"Gossamer...a tonal painting, translucent, with wave upon wave of pastels of unrivaled hues ..."

" indescribable sonic tableau..."


John Diliberto, Host of "Echoes":

"As The Luminous World Orchestra, Steven Chesne makes a subtle music whose deceptively austere arrangements result in a lush emotional resonance..."


Aura Magazine:

"Chesne has done something unprecedented with these familiar sounds. The result is cohesive and masterful, creating an elegant environment..."

"This is a graceful recording..."


Michael Foster, "Ambient Visions":

"...He deftly blends orchestral arrangements ... an impressive palette upon which he paints his sonic pictures for the listener to enjoy..."


Christopher Albright, WTUL-FM:

"Poetry for the Ears, Mind and Heart"



Essential Wellness Magazine:

"The result is complex, rich and evocative...interesting and engaging enough to hold interest in focused listening. This is music-lovers music..."


Zone Music Reporter:

"...amazing in compostion and implementation..."

"...reverent and eloquently engaging."


New Age Reporter:

"...The list of awards that Steven Chesne has garnered is staggering and longer than this review..."

"...His quixotic collusion among ethnic instruments and the orchestra is unique, refreshing and above all else, stimulating."

"...Although each album can be enjoyed immensely on its own, I highly recommend that you pair up the two for a long, long period of aural enjoyment and sensual inspiration. The Luminous World Orchestra is enlightening."


Creations Magazine:

" out of the ordinary offering..."

"Lyrical motifs in rich and beautiful musical settings, often cinematic in quality, convey a great depth of emotion throughout ..."

" with metaphysical healing properties...."


American Salon:

"I love the collection of soothing melodies on Muses of Aqua by The Luminous World Orchestra."


Spirituality and Health Magazine:

"...soul nourishing music..."

" ethereal song of love and devotion to the spirit of life."

" and satisfying."


Daily Om :
Music Review, Muses of Aqua

"...going even deeper into the zone where mysticism and classicism combine and form beautiful new visions in the clearing mist."

"...inspired late-night brilliance. It’s the perfect soundtrack for meditations..."

"...slow and dreamy in an elegiac meditation..."

"...a forgiving, cleansing sweep."


Zone Music Reporter:

"...the graceful gentleness..."

"...simply how beautiful the music is - at times being almost too pretty to be aptly described."

"...a wonderous exploration of world influenced orchestral magic."


Mostly Piano:



"This composer is not willing to remain stationary. His enthusiastic, adventurous spirit blends multiple genres that are gorgeous and accessible yet are still very unique and creative."

"...fascinating schoral arrangements that will simply elevate you..."


Spirit Seeker Magazine:

"...deeply moving music. It is highly accessible, easy to listen to, nourishing, satisfying, contemplative, and relaxing."


Four Corners Magazine:



New Age Retailer Magazine:

"...especially lovely are 'Mantra,' 'Child King,' and 'On the Hill.'"


New Connexion: Journal of Conscious Living:

"...thought provoking, meditative and with a spiritual quality that lends one to being fully present in nature." "...relaxing and quite wonderful. "


Natural Awakenings Magazine:

"Steven Chesne, who has scored more than 300 films and television shows in Hollywood, is focusing his remarkable talents in a new direction."


Arizona Networking News:

"...the warm caressing sounds of the orchestra...gently empowering melodies useful for meditation, yoga, massage, and relaxation."


The Muses Muse:

"...a seamless whole that transcends either genre."

"...beautifully melodic, richly harmonic and finely textured."


Christopher Albright, WTUL-FM:

"Upon first hearing, I was impressed by the contemplative nature & spiritual quality of The Luminous World Orchestra sound. It has been a regular choice for a few months & will continue to reside, proudly, in the WTUL Library."

____________________________, Music Magazine:

"...the wonderful new album 'Threading the Ether.'"


Andy Blossy, KUAC-FM:

"...thoughtful, meditative and much more. I am grateful to have this music in my library..."

"...This music will be around for a long time."


Lloyd Barde Productions:

"...their third exquiste recording...”


‘Muses of Aqua,’ ‘Deva,’ and ‘Threading the Ether’ are Editor's Picks
in the CD Baby New Age Category.

‘Muses of Aqua,’ ‘Deva,’ and ‘Threading the Ether’ have been in the Top 20 in the following National Public Radio playlists:

Echoes, Night Breeze, Audioscapes, NightLight, Oasis, Planetary Prismatic Psonics, Athan's Journey, Cheezmuzik, Soundwaves, Solitudes, The Pit, Shades of Classics, Soundscapes, Journeys to the Infinite, Music from Beyond the Lake, Earth Tribe Jamin, Acoustic Resonance, and Radio Mir.

‘Threading the Ether’ made it to #16 on the New Age National Radio Broadcast charts.
‘Deva’ and ‘Muses of Aqua’ were included by "New Age Reporter" in RJ Lannan's Top Ten Recordings of the Year

‘Threading the Ether’ made KCUR's "Night Tides" picks, for the Top 10 Albums of 2009

Both Muses of Aqua and Deva were nominated for the 2007 NAR Lifestyle Music Awards, for Best Meditation Album

‘Muses of Aqua’ made the TOP 5 CDs
in the CD Baby ‘New Age/Yoga Category.’




to write a review

Raj Manoharan (

The RajMan Review
Accomplished Hollywood film and television composer Steven Chesne returns with another entrancing edition of his illuminating Luminous World Orchestra.

While the album contains some traditional orchestral sounds, this is far from your typical classical music. Chesne composes, arranges, and conducts a melange of melodies and instruments from around the world, resulting in a genuine confluence of sonic world culture.

The combination of familiar and exotic techniques and out-of-the-music-box thinking make this a kaleidoscopic and sensory delight for the ears.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
After listening to "Moments From the Life Stories of Strangers, Part 1," it came as no surprise to learn that Steven Chesne has been composing music for television and films for more than twenty years. His fourth release with The Luminous World Orchestra is a fascinating mix of vibrant world music and more subdued ambient styles. Strings, flutes, voices, an assortment of ethnic instruments, and full orchestration offer the feeling of a soundtrack recording - diverse, but unified by a common theme. Most of the nine tracks are 5-7 minutes long, giving the music time to evolve and tell its story. Quite a bit of the music has a strong Eastern influence, both in instrumentation and in style. "Moments From the Life Stories of Strangers" takes the listener on a colorful journey of spiritually-inspired moments that include joy, contemplation, reflection, playfulness, and the transcendental.

"Moments From the Life Stories of Strangers" begins with “Invocation,” an ethereal and mysterious piece that features wordless vocals as well as strings, harp, and Eastern instruments that give much of this piece its exotic flavor. “For When the Love Will Rain Down Upon You” is much more ambient with a shimmering guitar providing an atmospheric background, percussion (gongs and drums), and a gorgeous cello combining to make musical magic. “Flicker of the Glistening” is perhaps the most cinematic of the pieces, beginning with a quiet theme with a smooth and graceful flow that gradually builds to a bigger and livelier second theme and then returns to the first. Strings, horns, and a soothing female voice give this piece a pleasurable sweep. “Glory Story #2” sends us soaring heavenward with flute, strings, and gentle wind chimes - a favorite. “Morning Hocket” is quite different. By definition, a hocket is a medieval practice where a single melody is shared between two (or occasionally more) voices such that alternately one voice sounds while the other rests. This piece includes an interesting assortment of instruments that sound individually and with one or more of the others to create a vibrant, colorful mix. “Change, Your Oldest Friend” is a bit more haunting and melancholy. My favorite piece on the album is “Lumiere du Soleil.” Light and breezy, this mostly guitar piece expresses playfulness, freedom, and joy, bringing the album to a warm and satisfying close. Check it out!

Michael Diamond (

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
I have heard many albums that blend East and West, as well as combine elements of new age, classical, and world music, but in my three decades as a music journalist, the compositions of Steven Chesne and The Luminous World Orchestra offer some of the most unique creative chemistry I’ve experienced. The musicianship is stellar, as is the composing and arranging. I particularly enjoyed the mercurial nature of the songs, which often evolve along unpredicted trajectories featuring surprising instrumental interactions. Also, knowing when not to play, allowing the music to breath is just as important, which is another aspect I appreciated about this album. Steven Chesne is a composer’s composer whose cinematic arrangements evoke rich visual imagery in the mind’s eye.

Interestingly, while other musicians may contribute on the recording, Steven Chesne pretty much "is" The Luminous World Orchestra, being the creative spirit and animating force behind it. He deserves the lion’s share of credit for the incredible variety of instruments and musical samples heard on the album, that include velvety strings of violins, cellos, and Chinese Erhu fiddle, the sweet breathy tones of Native American flute and Celtic pennywhistle, delicately plucked guitar, harp, and Balinese Gamelan gongs. Not to mention that he also composed and arranged these incredibly imaginative soundscapes that are perfect for relaxation, yoga, massage, and meditation. By only the second track, there can be no doubt that Steven has had extensive experience as a composer for film, given the cinematic air that his music evokes. Unlikely combinations of instruments intersect with unexpected dramatic elements creating a mélange of exotic sonic flavors. With so much music on the market, it is a challenge to project a truly distinctive artistic persona but Steven Chesne and The Luminous World Orchestra certainly have. This album is a masterpiece of the harmonious fusion of diverse genres with classical and world instruments that is sure to appeal to a wide variety of listeners.

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