Hotel Luna

Hotel Luna

by Suzanne Ciani
     
 
Following on the fluttering heels of Velocity of Love, Suzanne Ciani is joined by violinist Steve Kindler, percussionist Kurt Wortman, flautist Peter Gordon, and guitarist John Wheelock for Hotel Luna. The additional musicians flesh out Ciani's rich palette of synthesizers and piano, so that

Overview

Following on the fluttering heels of Velocity of Love, Suzanne Ciani is joined by violinist Steve Kindler, percussionist Kurt Wortman, flautist Peter Gordon, and guitarist John Wheelock for Hotel Luna. The additional musicians flesh out Ciani's rich palette of synthesizers and piano, so that tracks like "Maremosso," with its lush, worldly feel, rings even truer with the addition of flute and violin solos. The sounds of a storm wash predictably through "Rain," but its pattering keyboards are nevertheless well done. It's more textured genius from Ciani, a progressive electronic music pioneer who seems to understand intrinsically where technology ends and the human heart takes over. With this knowledge, she can imbue "Love Song" with appropriate amounts of grace, but juxtapose it with "Simple Song," where jaunty synth flourishes set up a big, brassy (synthetic) fanfare that's irresistible over the track's percolating electronic groove. Later, Ciani's pop sensibilities come to fore with the gorgeous, sweeping melody of "L'Azzuro," which is as romantic an instrumental as any song with words would be. Kindler's violin weaves into Gordon's flute, and both musicians follow the lead of Ciani's breathy synth washes. It's some of Ciani's most accomplished work yet, building brilliantly on its central themes of romance and remembrance.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/10/1991
Label:
Private Music
UPC:
0010058209027
catalogNumber:
82090

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Suzanne Ciani   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano
Steve Kindler   Violin
Dominic Frontiere   Synthesizer Violin
Corey Allen   Flute,Mandolin
Mathew Cooker   Cello
John Riley   Bassoon,Oboe
Steven Scharf   Violin
Kurt Wortman   Percussion
John Peters   Fretless Bass Guitar
John Wheelock   Acoustic Guitar
Robert A. Arbittier   Horn,Synthesizer Flute
Marc Mann   Synthesizer
Armadillo String Quartet   Strings
Peter Gordon   Flute,EWI

Technical Credits

Suzanne Ciani   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Dominic Frontiere   Contributor,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements
Corey Allen   String Arrangements,Cello Arrangement
Peter R. Kelsey   Engineer
Barry Socher   Contributor
Sarajo Frieden   Illustrations
Melanie Penny   Art Direction
Marc Mann   Programming
Massimo Carola   Programming

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