Quiet Fire: Zen Moods for the Spa Exerience

Quiet Fire: Zen Moods for the Spa Exerience

by Gary Stroutsos
     
 

One might be forgiven for wondering what exactly the "spa experience" (which offers wealthy people the chance to be physically pampered) has to do with Zen (a highly disciplined school of Buddhist meditational practice). Yet "Zen spas" apparently do exist, and there are indeed Zen-related massage techniques, so there you go. As far as the music itself on this trio… See more details below

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One might be forgiven for wondering what exactly the "spa experience" (which offers wealthy people the chance to be physically pampered) has to do with Zen (a highly disciplined school of Buddhist meditational practice). Yet "Zen spas" apparently do exist, and there are indeed Zen-related massage techniques, so there you go. As far as the music itself on this trio album, it's lovely and virtuosic, though it doesn't exactly come by its air of Eastern exoticism honestly. Flutist Gary Stroutsos plays a variety of Asian and Native American flutes; William Eaton plays a fascinating array of highly unusual guitars that he designed and built himself; and Will Clipman plays all kinds of Indian, Cuban, Asian, and African percussion instruments. The music, naturally enough, is soothing and meditative, and always thoroughly pleasant, so it might seem churlish to wonder who they think they're fooling with its mystical pretensions. Besides, the answer's obvious: they're fooling people who want to be convinced that enlightenment can come by way of soothing music and sensual self-indulgence. Even those whose grasp of Zen philosophy is a bit sketchy might be pretty sure it's not supposed to be quite that simple. The music sure is pretty, though.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/19/2005
Label:
White Swan
UPC:
0717147005521
catalogNumber:
470055
Rank:
239727

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gary Stroutsos   Primary Artist,Flute,Woodwind,Track Performer,Xiao,Native American Flute,Cedar Flute,Wind Whistle
Will Clipman   Percussion,Chimes,Conga,Cymbals,Drums,Gong,Bells,Claves,Caxixi,Track Performer,Water Drums,Taos Drum,Udu

Technical Credits

William Eaton   Composer
Chris Hanzsek   Mastering
Will Clipman   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Gary Stroutsos   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Mastering
Kristi Olsen   Instrument Design

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