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Autumn Monsoon

by Suzanne Teng & Gilbert Levy

This album features 10 tracks of ethereal and evocative instrumental music played on Native American flutes and drums, percussion, and stringed instruments from around the world. These pieces take the listeners on a mystical musical journey.
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1. Autumn Monsoon
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2. Indian Sisters
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3. Maya
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3:42 $0.99
4. Traveler
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4:23 $0.99
5. Blue Ngoni
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4:12 $0.99
6. Canyon Ghosts
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3:18 $0.99
7. Sueños
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5:44 $0.99
8. Andromeda
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4:31 $0.99
9. Journey of Life
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10. Prayer for Claire
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Album Notes
Suzanne Teng & Gilbert Levy’s Autumn Monsoon features 10 tracks of ethereal and evocative instrumental music played on Native American flutes and drums, percussion, and stringed instruments from around the world. These pieces take the listeners on a mystical musical journey to India, the American Southwest, West Africa, the Saharan desert and even to the galaxy Andromeda, all the while honoring the distinct voice of the Native American flute.

Peaceful, healing, exotic and atmospheric, this album is perfect for relaxing, dreaming of exotic lands, and inspiring creativity.

Other albums by Suzanne Teng & Gilbert Levy: "Mystic Journey" by Suzanne Teng, "Miles Beyond" by Suzanne Teng & Mystic Journey, "Enchanted Wind" by Suzanne Teng and "Kingdom of Mountains" by their world music band Mystic Journey.

Suzanne Teng & Gilbert Levy are married musical partners who create original instrumental music that is ethereal and exotic, soulful and healing and “sensual and serene,” as described by Billboard Magazine. They have released five critically acclaimed albums that have garnered them numerous prestigious international awards such as the Independent Music Awards (twice), International Acoustic Music Awards, Los Angeles Music Awards, New Mexico Music Awards, Akademia Music Awards, Global Music Awards and the Peace Song Awards.

Their recordings have been licensed for hundreds of film, television, commercial and video productions and was featured on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Appreciated for its sacred, relaxing and heart opening qualities, their works can be heard on numerous healing soundtracks and was chosen by the pharmaceutical company Genentech who created a CD with a compilation of their pieces that was distributed to over 50,000 cancer patients to aid in their recovery.

The Whole Life Times writes that they “lift the listener to a place where beauty, ecstasy and tranquility reside.”

Suzanne has been described by the Los Angeles Times as a “brilliant flutist” who “plays music for the soul.” Originally from Berkeley, California, she received her Master’s degree in music from Boston University’s School for the Arts and, after traveling across the globe, decided to further her passion for world music, pursuing her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at UCLA where her focus was on music and healing.

Suzanne plays all the flutes from the western flute family as well as an extensive array of flutes from around the world including the Chinese dizi, bawu and hulusi, Turkish ney and zurna, Indonesian suling, panpipes, penny whistles, Native American flutes, ocarinas, the West African fulani, Egyptian reed mijwiz and Bulgarian dvoyanka. Her flute playing can be heard on commercials for Kleenex, Dodge and Johnnie Walker, on hundreds of major and independent label albums, and on video game, film and television soundtracks. She has performed on national television, including live performances on several of CBS’s Survivor finale shows, which were seen by over 70 million viewers.She is an endorsed artist for YAMAHA representing their alto and bass flutes and a widely respected educator who has sat on the Music Education panels for the National Endowment for the Arts for three years.

Gilbert was born and raised in New Orleans where he began playing drums at an early age and by his late teens was performing professionally in R&B bands in clubs on Bourbon Street and with jazz greats such as Wynton and Branford Marsalis. He moved to Los Angeles in his late 20’s and played pop music in numerous bands and on several major label recording projects before gravitating towards world drums. He plays African and Middle Eastern hand percussion, the metal melodic Hang and Rav drums and has expanded his musical vocabulary on numerous stringed instruments such as the Turkish saz, African ngoni, bass dulcimer and hybrid guitar Inuk. He also uses his extraordinary technical expertise to engineer and mix their award-winning recordings. Teng & Levy also record and produce albums for others and have composed music for yoga and acupuncture DVDs and several films including the documentaries “Raw for 30” and “Beirut Rising.”

Suzanne and Gilbert live in Santa Fe where they raise their teenage son Miles, a dog, two cats and a coop of chickens. They record their award-winning music at their home studio, Dragonfly Studios.



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Dyan Garris

Album Review by Dyan Garris
“’Autumn Monsoon” is true medicine for the soul.’” – Dyan Garris

“Autumn Monsoon,” the newest release from multiple award-winning husband and wife team, Suzanne Teng and Gilbert Levy, features 10 tracks of ethereal, instrumental music created with Native American flutes and drums, percussion, and stringed instruments from around the world.

Here, we embark upon a mystical musical journey to India, through the American Southwest, West Africa, the Saharan desert, and even to the galaxy Andromeda, all the while honoring the distinct voice of the Native American flute, which is the centerpiece instrument on the album.

The music of their group, Mystical Journey (Suzanne Teng, Gilbert Levy, Dann Torres, and Jon Ossman), has been licensed for hundreds of film, television, commercial and video productions and was featured on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

On “Autumn Monsoon,” their 5th album, Teng and Levy are the primary songwriters and have released the album as a duet. The 10 tracks feature Teng on Native American flutes with Levy on an array of world strings, drums and percussion, the bass dulcimer, Turkish lute (saz), Inuk (hybrid guitar), and the melodic metal drums, Hang and Rav. Teng also adds performances on the alto and bass flutes, Indian harp (Swaramandala) and voice. Fellow Mystic Journey members Dann Torres and Jon Ossman contribute masterful performances on the guitar and dilruba (the East Indian fiddle, which is a cross between the sitar and sarangi).

The mystical, exotic, chill-groove album opens with the ethereal title track, “Autumn Monsoon.” This is a haunting, hypnotic, flute melody embraced by drums and world percussion, and perfectly lays the foundation for all that comes next. Immediately following is the sinuous, snaky, and sensuous, “Indian Sisters.” One can feel the gentle power of the “Divine Feminine” principle winding throughout and rising. Beautifully done.

The mysterious and exotic “Maya” is a favorite with its layered flutes, strings, synths, and world percussion beat. This is very relaxing, peaceful, and reverent. Ditto for “Traveler.” This is masterfully done, with perfect mix and production. “Blue Ngoni” has an engaging flute melody and an African beat. One gets transported to an ancient time quite easily here.

“Canyon Ghosts” is quite ethereal and haunting. This is another favorite. Great beat and percussion accompany Suzanne’s seemingly effortless flutes. I found this so relaxing as to be trance inducing. Again, we have the superior mix and production that are a hallmark of this album.

The gorgeous, “Sueños” (which means “dreams”), is aptly named. Here we can completely chill out with this day-dreamy and calming song. It’s total serenity. Next, we are most gracefully transported to “Andromeda.” Ethereal and atmospheric, one can feel themselves breathe freely again. What an amazingly relaxing song. And the flute here is extra exquisite. Perfect.

The “Journey of Life” is multi-layered and complex. We can literally feel ourselves traveling on the path of life, and beyond, actually. Again, the instrumentation is beautiful, as throughout.

The album closes out with “Prayer for Claire.” Etheric, heart-touching strings, along with extremely ethereal flute, bring us to a place of reverence and respect. Simply stunning. Perfect ending.

This album is not just “another Native American flute album.” It’s “wow.” And it’s true medicine for the soul.

Steve Sheppard

Perfect in all ways - true quality
I had listened to this album intently and was certain I had heard this style of flute performed on another album, until I slapped my head with my hand, with the realisation that this was some 2 years plus ago, and under the name of Mystic Journey, Teng and Levy’s skill set brought me a fantastic album called Kingdom of Mountains back then, and now were off on a new voyage entitled Autumn Monsoon.
This musical partnership have graced us with their music over the years on film, TV and various other commercial projects. I must admit to be a bit of a fan of their work as it sets a beautiful place of calm for us eager listeners to listen from, we therefore start this voyage with the opener and title track Autumn Monsoon. Teng’s flute here is majestic in creating an autumnal feel to the composition, whilst the crafted percussion manifests a wonderful base from with which we can all explore this graphic musical narrative.
The longest piece off the release is up next and called Indian Sisters, the scene is immediately set with simplicity, and we could with ease, be on the hills sides gazing down upon the valleys of a textured Indian countryside. Levy’s multi instrumental nature not only in this track, but in the entire album will bring us a fine array of plucked and percussive moments of genius. I would dare to say that this is a particular favourite of mine, but on an album of near on perfection that’s difficult, but the mood and graphic nature of this offering is utterly sublime.
It has been said that this pairing create music that will lift the listener to a place of beauty, that can be further emphasized by this following offering called Maya. The gentle nature of this track is soothing and most healing; there is also an underpinned and very lush sense of a Celtic refrain here that is equally charming.
The opening to this piece, Traveler, was superb; guitars lay down a bed of music that is almost like walking the boundaries of the wastelands in some middle Earth betwixt and between what we know as reality. Teng’s flute then brings an almost native energy to the proceedings as we seem to be moving further onward down a dusty track, where remnants of a forgotten past lay discarded as the world has moved on, this is a fine cinematic performance by both artists, and with ease my personal favourite off the album.
On Blue Ngoni we have an intriguing piece; one that offers up something truly fascinating to listen to, with the symbiotic partnership of percussion and flute, there’s a beautiful depth to this piece that I also found attractive as well, the sounds of the Ngoni were so fluent within this charming musical narrative.
Canyon Ghosts is one of those tracks that is simply magnificent in every way, the tones and wonderful instrumentation draw such evocative images of a spiritual location when the ancients reside, but can only been seen by those with a pure heart and intentions. The flute of Teng here is masterful, she creates such a mood filled landscape, and this sonic soundtrack is added to by the patient and timely percussion of Levy; note the textured layered backdrop here as well.
A truly meditative offering can be found on this next composition called Sueños. One could with ease slip into the other realms whilst listening to this transfixing offering. Levy’s musical talents bring us work on many instruments, so I hope I am right to applaud the work of the dulcimer here, one that at times reminded me of the work of the legendary new age artist Deuter.
As we move deeper into the dark waters of this album we come across a truly galactic track entitled Andromeda. Yes, another favourite of mine, I stated early there would be many. The soulfulness with which Teng’s performance is blessed with here is huge, and the outcome of this splendid arrangement is one that brings us something musically so vast, we could roam within its tones for eons.
We arrive at the penultimate offering off the album, it is called Journey of Life. All life is a circle, and everything the power of the world does is done in a circle, this I do believe. This is a beautiful composition, I mentioned the soul of Teng’s performance earlier, well this is the very track where you will not only see, but feel it present its stunning achievement. A mystical offering can be found here, one that is so deeply powerful and also very moving, a track that shows the sheer class of both artists at their very best.
We have now arrived at the very last portal of the album and we are given one last musical gift from this symbiotic musical partnership, which is called Prayer for Claire. A moment of reflection is before us, a moment of thought and a time to reflect on another, this was a nice touch at the end of a beautiful album, musical honour and respect, and of course love.
Autumn Monsoon is one of those albums you just can’t wait to get your hands on, perfect in all ways, brilliantly performed and craft fully produced. Teng and Levy have done it again, there intelligent and sparkling musical presentations have once more gifted to us listeners one of the finest contemporary instrumental albums of the year, and the fans and listeners of true quality music, should be queuing around the block to get hold of this one.