Citizen of the World

Citizen of the World

by David Arkenstone
     
 

New Age chart-topper David Arkenstone describes his music as "cinematic New Age rock," and this 'round-the-world musical journey could be the soundtrack for a global travelogue. Beyond the ethnic-flavored themes, Arkenstone has a knack for transporting the listener through sound. On "Forest Runners," the syncopated huff and puff ofSee more details below

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New Age chart-topper David Arkenstone describes his music as "cinematic New Age rock," and this 'round-the-world musical journey could be the soundtrack for a global travelogue. Beyond the ethnic-flavored themes, Arkenstone has a knack for transporting the listener through sound. On "Forest Runners," the syncopated huff and puff of pan pipes soars like a condor soaring over the Andes's steep valleys. The snappy doumbek drum on "Desert Crossing" captures the jaunty lop of a camel, but Arkenstone also evokes a Saharan mystique with siren voices, like mirages enticing you over the dunes. CITIZEN OF THE WORLD lets you experience the delicate grace of China and the reverence of the American Southwest's canyons; it takes you to the steamy jungles of India and floats you down the Pharaohs's river, ending with a spacey, heartfelt tour "Into the Dreamtime." Multi-instrumentalist Arkenstone is joined by Don Markese (flutes, whistles, and reeds), Sid Page and Joel Derouin (violins), Danny Chase (drums), and Samite Mulondo (kalimba, or African "thumb piano").

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All Music Guide - Jim Brenholts
David Arkenstone is a veteran new age music composer and musician. He is also diverse and versatile, able to perform in many different arenas and styles. For Citizen of the World, he gathered all of his diversity into one box and spread it across 56 minutes. As stated above, Arkenstone performs quite capably. With the possible exception of the final track of the disc, "Into the Dreamtime," that's exactly what this is: a capable rendering of worldbeat and new age styles. It is not until that final track that listeners will hear spirit and soul. Of course, it is difficult -- nay, impossible -- to enter the dreamtime superficially. This is a good CD; don't misread or misquote this impression. Arkenstone has done better and he has done worse. There are neither challenges nor offenses on this disc.

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Release Date:
06/29/1999
Label:
Windham Hill Records
UPC:
0019341139829
catalogNumber:
11398

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