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KathyPiano7 ,

From MainlyPiano

"Deeper Imaginings" is the follow-up to Paul Adams’ and Elizabeth Geyer’s award-winning 2015 album, "Imaginings." The earlier album debuted at #1 on the iTunes new age charts and was named the Zone Music Reporter’s Contemporary Instrumental Album of the Year (2015). A true “world music” album, "Deeper Imaginings" features artists and instruments from around the world. Paul Adams (guitar, electric sitar, oud, percussion, flutes, halusi, synth and poetry) is American and Geyer (flugelhorn, piano, vocals) is from Australia. The other artists on the album include Pravin Godkhindi (bansuri flute) in India; Alp Amaze (balaban) is from Turkey; Gary Green from the band Gentle Giant (guitar) is from the UK; and David Hoffman (trumpet) is an American based in Illinois. The eleven pieces on the album are all very soothing, peaceful and meditative. Two have poetic spoken words that are just a little bit louder than the accompanying music, making it easy to tune in and listen to the words or to tune them out you choose. The variety of musical instruments combine to create a sound that is eclectic while providing a reminder that music is, indeed, a language that can be universally understood.

I really like Paul Adams’ explanation of the way they approached the music: “What we love most is to create like a painter with free choice of color and hue. I was thrilled to be able to use some of the instruments I built in my life as a luthier. The guitars, dulcimer and electric sitars were blended with the natural genius of Elizabeth Geyer’s piano, flugelhorn and voice. Her ear is stunning in musical intuition and her training in jazz blended well with my rather improvised gentle folk approach, as well as training in ethnomusicology.”

"Deeper Imaginings" begins with “Endless Horizon,” a piece that includes Native flute, piano, voice (wordless), sitar, percussion and guitar. It sounds like an odd combination, but it works beautifully. “The Unfolding” has similar instrumentation but starts out much more ambient and atmospheric. As the piece opens up and evolves, a melody emerges while the piece remains very peaceful. “Acceptance” includes the sound of softly flowing water along with gentle ambient music - hypnotic! “All That I Am” begins with an interesting mix of instruments, rhythms (more of a jazz vibe), and spoken word (included in the liner notes of the CD). This is my favorite track on the album! “Evening” follows, enveloping the listener with cool, calming sounds to get lost in - gorgeous and SO relaxing! The last track, “Hope For the Game,” also includes spoken words and a jazzy instrumental backdrop. I really like this one, too, and its closing message: “We have hope for this game!”!

If the music on "Deeper Imaginings" doesn’t drain the stress right out of you, something might be amiss! Well done, Paul, Elizabeth and friends!

muzikman97 ,

Deeper Imaginings and Deeper Meanings

Paul brings a lot to the table as well with a guitar, sitar, Chinese halusi, percussion, oud, synth, and dobro. This is where the world sound comes in and adds the spice and variety to each composition. All the elements come together for an amazing final partnership within each track. The “Endless Horizon” of sound and color will keep each listener enchanted from beginning to end. I find music with this much diversity to have the word “world” in it for one reason, we are one world and one people having the desire to live and love. This is one reminder of that goal.

Keith MuzikMan Hannaleck

Christian Celebration ,

Album Review by Dyan Garris

“Deeper Imaginings” is a place where all resistance and stress melts effortlessly away, like a golden, flowing river of soft, liquescent butter.” – Dyan Garris
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“Deeper Imaginings” by Paul Adams and Elizabeth Geyer is a follow-up to the 2015 album, “Imaginings,” which debuted #1 on the iTunes New Age chart and was Zone Music Reporter’s best Contemporary Instrumental Album of the year.

Paul and Elizabeth are joined on “Deeper Imaginings” by guest artists from around the world: David Hoffman on trumpet (David is a former arranger and trumpet player for Ray Charles), Gary Green on guitar, Pravin Godkhindi on bansuri flute, and Alp Akmaz on Balaban. Elizabeth is featured on flugelhorn, piano, and vocals. Paul Adams performs on guitar, electric sitar, oud, percussion, flutes, halusi, synth, and vocalized poetry.

“Deeper Imaginings” is 11 tracks and almost one hour of pure bliss. The music is perfect for deep relaxation, meditation, and just plain stress relief. Now, let’s go deeper. . .

“Endless Horizon,” features the instrumentation of flute, piano, wordless vocals, guitar, sitar, and gentle percussion, which together expand the vista beautifully. This is incredibly relaxing. Following is “The Unfolding,” which is gentle, and again, ultra-relaxing. It’s a 5-minute slice of heaven that ends with some super light vocals, leading us even more deeply into the ambient peace.

With “Acceptance” we can imagine ourselves as a peaceful microcosm inside a peaceful macrocosm. Hypnotic flute, very light percussive elements, subtle flowing water sounds, twinkling piano, and perfectly mixed wordless vocals, add to the tranquility factor.

The peaceful feeling of a soft, pastel dawn is conveyed in “New Morning.” So gentle, so promising as a new day, so beautiful this is. I found this very trance-inducing. Excellent. “Essence and Flow” is just that. Gorgeous, truly. And again, a superb mix. Love this.

Just like the concept of allowing should be, the song “Allowing” is a place where all resistance melts away like a golden, flowing river of soft, liquescent butter. (The entire album is that way). Yes, this will certainly do it. Great song. “Still Meadows” is a wonderful continuation of the serenity we find throughout this album. We can feel the calming quietude entering and filling every pore of our mind, body, and soul.

“Awakening” has that effortless, magical element. The flute is soulful and heart-opening here, the piano perfect, as well. Just beautiful on every level. Elizabeth’s flugelhorn, along with the softly spoken word, and a kind of a jazzy, world vibe, yet all very gentle, make “All That I Am” an instant favorite. This is really good, amazing even, and super cool. Yes, this is one to listen to a bazillion times and never tire of it.

You can feel literally yourself float “out” in “Evening.” This is ambient paradise. It’s wonderful. “Hope for the Game” winds this album down beautifully. Here we can get re-grounded and nicely back in our bodies if that’s what we desire or float out even more into an untroubled slumber. Softly spoken word along with the silky vibe, makes this as interesting as “All That I Am” too. Again, here, Elizabeth’s flugelhorn and the whole jazzy flavor wraps this all up smoothly and wonderfully with a fine satin bow.

Surrender to the peace. The album is gorgeous. “Deeper Imaginings” is destined to be another winner. No doubt.

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