Yoga Harmony

Yoga Harmony

Soft mantras and deep flute mixed with light nature sounds make Yoga Harmony perfect for an invigorating yoga setting.

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Terry Oldfield graces us with this superb CD specially designed for a full Yoga class. Soft mantras and deep flute mixed with light nature sounds make Yoga Harmony perfect for an invigorating yoga setting as well as an engaging CD you will want to listen to over and over again.

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  1. “On his latest album, multi-instrumentalist Oldfield plays an assortment of flutes (alto, bansuri, bamboo, and panpipes) and other yoga-like instrumentation (tabla, tampura [the easily recognized drone-like East Indian instrument], Tibetan bells and singing bowls) in recording an album that is supremely relaxing and meditative. With a sprinkling of electronic keyboards (used for shading more than outright instrumentality), Oldfield crafts eight instrumental tracks over a nearly sixty-minute span. His use of echo and sustain with his flutes, in particular, fits perfectly with the vibe of the album, as their notes and reverberating bells and bowls lend the music a contemplative and peaceful air that seems to permeate the air.
    While the presence of the drone-like tampura and singing bowls lends a distinct East Indian/Tibetan flavor to the music, Oldfield balances this with his judicious yet sparse electronics and his soulful and lilting flute play. As a result, Yoga Harmony clings more to the new age/meditative music genre than it does to world or world fusion. Still, those who favor more angelic and/or ethereal flute recordings may find this too anchored in Buddhist/Indian/Far Eastern musical sensibilities, although I had no such problem. From the haunting first selection, “Earth and Sky,” through to the album’s semi-jazzy concluding track, “The Essence” Oldfield shows restraint and artistic subtlety that is, unfortunately, often lacking in new age music. Such is not the case here, as each song blends the artist’s flutes with his equally sparse yet perfectly executed synths, ethnic percussion and bowls/bells, along with that uniquely East Indian drone-ish tampura on a few tracks. Some songs offer even more exotic flourishes, such as the addition of Indian cymbals and sitar on the fragrant and sultry “Pilgrimage,” which also features some overtone chanting and a contrast of alto and bamboo flutes or the seductive Indian drums which beat out a slow but sultry rhythm in the middle of “Mountain Path.”
    Since the instrumentation does not appreciably vary from track to track, the “play through” factor is very high, and given the CD’s title this is almost certainly intentional. While there is variety between songs if the introspective and attentive listener looks for it, the continuity of the ethnic instrumentation serves as a cohesive factor so that despite breaking the album into distinct cuts, this is more of a “whole”experience if you play it all the through.
    Without a doubt, Oldfield is a master on the many flutes he plays on this fine recording but he also displays solid talent on the singing bowls and his unhurried yet soulful performances have a real human feeling to them. He also specializes in using his electronic keyboards only when necessary, never allowing them to dominate a track. At times, I was reminded of Deuter, (such as on the sprightly “The Wave” which builds from a soft opening into a gently rhythmic almost playful exuberant number) and that is high praise from me, indeed. I didn’t expect Terry Oldfield to eclipse his previous recording, the excellent A Time For Peace, so soon, but if Yoga Harmony is not a better album, it surely is that one’s equal, albeit quite different in musical character.
    One similarity they share, though, is my rating of highly recommended as well as both of them offering proof that Oldfield is one of the premier artists in the new age music genre recording today.”

  2. “An elegant offering of Renaissance music. The music is structured, yet whispers emotion. The mood evoked is one of classic beauty and grace.”

  3. “Terry Oldfield has produced music for TV and film and had a very large and impressive credit history to his name. Most notable are his soundtracks for the Emmy award nominated National Geographic specials.
    This CD was created with the intention that the listener would find a deeper space for their practice of yoga. I am not a practitioner of yoga, but I did find this music to be worthy of meditation and of finding a deeper space in my own environment.
    The CD features Mr. Oldfield playing many of his own instruments. He is a multi-talented musician and this CD highlights these to the fullest. From the various flutes (bamboo, panpipes and bansurito name a few) to various Indian instruments, to singing crystal bowls and chimes, Terry Oldfield incorporates light tones, passionate flute compositions and interesting backfills with a minimal amount of electronic keyboards.

    The flavor is a mix of Eastern sounds and harmonies. It allows for personal interpretation, but leads the listener in a specific direction. There are eight tracks on this CD, ranging in time from about five and a half minutes to approximately eight and a half minutes, making almost a full hour of music.
    The first track Earth and Sky opens with Tibetan bells, and is a very poignantly played alto flute piece. With just a subtle hint of keyboard fill, it is a slow, expression filled piece that is excellent for warm-ups in a regular yoga practice. However, this is also a fine piece for your meditative practice, and Mr. Oldfield points out on the jacket that this entire CD is also excellent for massage.
    Aum also opens with Tibetan bells and the drone of the Indian tampura. This provides the backup for another soulful flute piece, very slow, very moving and very deep.
    There is a change in the mood with Pilgrimage, with lighter bells and a higher pitched bamboo flute which progresses to a lower pitched alto flute and vocal chanting. Sitar, veena and tampura provide the backfill and highlight the piece’s traditional folk music feeling. This is a much lighter piece, but still maintains the intended pace of the music, which is supposed to be slow and deliberate for the yoga practitioner, but again, lends itself to meditation as well.

    Yoga Healing features Crystal singing bowls, played expertly by ôSinging Windö and it gives this piece a very different feel from the previous flute tracks. Bamboo flutes are the main focus, along wit the Irish low whistle, and there is the constant drone of the tampura. But it is the bowls that catch your attention here, with the other instruments providing the shadows for the bowls to contrast. This is a wonderful composition and blending of instrumentation.
    The feeling of the crystal bowls is continued with The Wave which starts out featuring the crystal singing bowls. It starts slow, and then picks up the pace a bit with the beat becoming the focus, rather than the slow movement of the flute and crystal bowls dictating the mood. The sitar, the pan pipes and Irish low whistle play against the up beat, and this becomes a light and delightful piece. It ends as it began, with the crystal bowls being the conclusion.
    Mountain Path returns to the flutes, slow and deliberate. A little over half way through there is the addition of Indian drums to set up a beat, but it never becomes intrusive or overpowering, and the addition of the drums and bells makes what could have been a heavy piece much lighter and airy.
    The track Nothingness returns to the soulful flute, again with a minimal backfill of cymbals, bells and keyboard, focusing on the flute composition, expertly played and flawlessly executed.
    The final track The Essence starts slow with crystal bowls and the panpipes and about a third of the way through picks up the pace and incorporates Indian drums, changes to alto flute, adds sitar, tampura, and finally vocals. While providing more of a beat, it does not intrude on the feeling the entire CD was looking to suggest.
    While it was intended for yoga practice, this CD will fill the background of your home or office with gentle sounds, never grating against your mind and offering a stillpoint to your environment. It is masterfully executed and highlights the wonderful musical talents of Terry Oldfield.
    I highly recommend this CD for not just the yoga practitioners but for anyone looking for a peaceful place to wander.”

  4. “While this hour long Cd was composed and designed specifically for a Yoga class, its soothing rhythms and tranquilizing sounds would be suitable for other healing arts as well as for general relaxation. The beautiful resonating tones of the tambura, veena, flute and keyboard draw the listener into a deep state of quiet absorption. Tibetan bells, Indian cymbals and crystal singing bowls are sprinkled throughout the tracks and accentuate the Eastern vibe of this deeply calming Cd. Terry’s production of music for TV and film shows in his intricate compositions and the flowing nature of these tracks.”

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