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KathyPiano7 ,

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"Quiet Spaces: Flute Meditations for Mindfulness and Relaxation" is world flutist/composer Ann Licater’s fifth album to date. The fifteen original compositions include twelve flute solos and three duets that are performed with Grammy-nominated Peter Phippen (electric bass). A few of the “solo” tracks are layered to sound like two or more flutes playing together, and one includes Ann’s wordless vocals. Subtitled “Flute Meditations for Mindfulness and Relaxation,” this music is also recommended “for yoga, spa, healing arts, creativity, study, sleep, and overall stress reduction.”

Ann Licater plays eleven different flutes on "Quiet Spaces," but thirteen of the fifteen tracks include Native American or Native American-style flutes, keeping the overall feel of the album fairly even and consistent throughout. And no, I’m not saying that the music all sounds the same. Being consistent helps to set the mood and maintain it for the full album, allowing the listener to get “lost” in the music. On the other hand, music that is too repetitive can be anything but relaxing (believe me, I know!!!). This is music for a purpose (several purposes, actually!), and I think it succeeds exceptionally well. I did some of my listening in the car while driving on the Oregon coast highway, and found Quiet Spaces to be a wonderful aural companion - especially when driving in a beautiful area, where the music can add a bit of magic to the experience.

Ann Licater’s awards and nominations include those from Amazon music editors (Top Ten Best New Age Album), New Age Reporter (Best Native American Album), ZMR Music Awards (Nominations for Best Relaxation Album, Best Contemporary Instrumental Album and Best Meditation Album), Independent Music Awards (Nomination for Best New Age Song) and the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (Nominations for Best New Age Album). In addition to her recordings and concert appearances, Ann has created and facilitates “Flute for the Soul” workshops where she plays Native American and world flutes for personal discovery. Her love of wood and clay flutes led her to study with master flutist R. Carlos Nakai (Navajo-Ute), complementing her years of classical flute training at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneaplolis, MN.

"Quiet Spaces" is healing, relaxing music at its finest.

pianohombre1984 ,

Beautiful Flute Album by Ann Licater!

Quiet Spaces: Flute Meditations for Mindfulness and Relaxation
By Ann Licater
Review by Judson Hurd

Ann Licater is a world/flutist and I have the pleasure of reviewing her latest album Quiet Spaces: Flute Meditations for Mindfulness and Relaxation. This is her fifth album and it also has guest Grammy-nominated Peter Phippen that plays electric bass. The music is recommended for “yoga, spa, healing arts, creativity, study, sleep, and overall stress reduction.”
Quiet Spaces is the first track with Ann’s relaxing flute. The sound of her flutes has an Native American style to it with a delightful reverb on the recording. The second track Ancestral Gathering has a similar sound but with another flute track comes in to form a fluid duet that trades the melody.
I listened to this record at night while winding down and it has been some of the best music to help me do that. Ann does a wonderful job creating music for the background but keeping it varied so the music does not become boring. Aspen Awakening is one of my favorites that has electric bass. The piece is short but I really enjoyed the lifting and interesting intervals that the flute makes in the middle of the song. Ancient Shores begins with soothing flute that plays a nostalgic and sad melody and sounds like an underscore that would be in a documentary film. Celestial Traveler is probably my favorite track on the record. In the background is the electric bass with Ann’s wordless vocals. The extra layers with bass and vocals really add the emotion. Beautiful!
Ann Licater is a highly accomplished flutist and I can really tell from her playing that she really connects with her instrument through excellent technique and emotionally. I highly recommend this album to new age music fans. You can download on iTunes, Amazon or stream on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming websites.

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