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Communion

by George Wallace

Communion is a delightfully exotic mix of shimmering acoustic and electric instruments, world instruments, spoken word, and delicious atmospheric seasonings which has charmed radio audiences and fans of space music for years.
Genre: Electronic: Soundscapes
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1. Mokambaku
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2. Electric Night
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3. The Eternal Return
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4. Within the Dream
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5. Demeter Rising
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6. Friendship Among Trees
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7. Embraced by Love: a Communion of Angels
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
George's second release in the electronic/acoustic music genre is a collection of uniquely styled compositions which speak to the significance of relationship between our innermost spiritual selves and our outer world. Each in their own particular way, the seven soundscapes of Communion celebrate the sacred, ongoing conversations we share with our past-and-future ancestors, our natural world, and our other-world counterparts. Communion is a delightfully exotic mix of shimmering acoustic and electric instruments, world instruments, spoken word, and delicious ambient seasonings which has charmed radio audiences and fans of space music for years.

About the songs of Communion:

Mokambaku: The "story" of this song gradually came to me as a mother's lament over the village-imposed exile of her son Mokambaku. Basically a rewrite of the prodigal son tale, told from a slightly different perspective.

Electric Night: A musical snapshot of one summer I spent a number of late evenings outdoors. Crickets and fireflies were all around me, making their particular kind of music, and the moon was hiding behind the trees.

The Eternal Return: My musical impression of a journey through the wild, rolling green landscapes of Oregon and Idaho. Eternal Return is a study in 4/4 time superimposed on 3/4.

Within The Dream: Where do we go when we sleep? This piece explores that curiosity. I like the layering effect and the lack of regard for melody or any traditional musical structure.

Demeter Rising: My old friend Bobby Michaels did some nice interpreting on soprano sax on this. Some lyrics came to me after this recording which subsequently turned "Demeter" into a mother's day gift, about a month before my son was born.

Friendship Among Trees: Once after a late night of recording I walked out into my front yard where two great trees lived. Somebody had suggested I cut one of them down, and I thought that if I had, the remaining tree would certainly miss it. I suspect that plants, like humans, can and do have relationships with one another. I am long since gone from that place, but I happen to know both trees remain.

Embraced by Love: A Communion of Angels: I know that as mere humans we are not the be-all and end-all. We are in fact a wonderfully intentioned part of something greater than our selves. The resonance experienced in "Embraced By Love" is a humble attempt at emulating the works of some great meditation music composers gone before me.

George Wallace,the Traveller

An accomplished producer and recording artist, George Arthur Wallace specializes in a fusion of World Music, Progressive Rock and ambient soundscapes. His visionary songs and instrumentals promote enlightenment and positive evolution in a world that could really use it.

George was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, where he first discovered his musical gift around age six. He spent his formative years in-and-out of numerous local bands which found themselves caught in the crossfire between Motown and the British Invasion.

Later he majored in composition and arranging at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he then landed a six-year stint with ‘Fate,’ a busy, successful club act from nearby Worcester.

He eventually moved to New York City to pursue a solo recording career with, as it turned out, CBS/Epic Records and a publishing agreement with Screen Gems. He recorded two albums under that label: Heroes like You and Me in 1980 and What It Is in 1982. Virtually all parts were sung or played by George himself, and both albums enjoyed enviable critical acclaim by numerous respected industry publications.

In 1983 George moved to Bucks County, PA, with new freedom to explore the finer subtleties of his maturing songwriter’s persona. He was now producing recordings completely in-house, writing and recording over an increasingly wide range of dynamic and lyric styles. He occasionally produced other acts and several planetarium show soundtracks, but soon discovered an interest in a more introspective and spiritual writing style, turning away from the standard 3-to-5 minute song format. In 1985 he created his own new studio and production company, AirBorn Music, and produced three landmark instrumental works: Sacred Earth (1985), Communion (1988), and Frontiers (1993). He was soon a featured artist on such nationally recognized space-music radio programs as Echoes, Hearts of Space, and Musical Starstreams.

In the late ‘90s, while performing with a small jazz/pop ensemble in Japan, he wrote a potpourri of instrumentals titled 'If I Had A Ship…' (yet to be released) and a vocal collection which found the name 'Set Free'.

As we entered the new century, George reconnected with his first love from many years before, eventually moving out to Alaska to be with her. With no apparent end to his inspirations, he continued producing from his newly-installed studio there amidst the mountains; first came an ambitious collection of songs christened 'Passion Play', offering a rich, expansive musical ride with a calculated flow of songs laced with spirituality, one’s love for another, and loony-tune political satire, all delivered with a fiery honesty and George’s trademark dazzling production.

And now most recently, a pet project shelved for decades has at last come alive. George’s latest release, 'the Goddess; songs of the Feminine Divine' combines in daring new proportions a fusion of World Music, Progressive Rock, and ambient soundscapes. A technical masterpiece, 'the Goddess' delivers a profound and diverse musical celebration of the feminine in the world as we know it, from one of Her biggest admirers.

George creates comedic satirical pieces on occasion (thereby eliminating what would have probably been therapist bills), and also has plans for yet another project, an experimental venture back into Space Music involving surround sound.

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