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In a time when the music industry all but demands strict adherence to genres, labels, and categories, the great glory of Kate Price's creative spirit is that even the artist herself has a tough time coming up with the perfect definition of her music. The Isle of Dreaming, Price's second recording for Omtown Higher Octave Music's vocal division, features her exquisite vocals and beautiful hammer dulcimer melodies surrounded by violin, cello, classical guitar, Irish pennywhistle, Penyck leharp a Swedish fiddle, sitar, electric sitar, tabla, and Nigerian Udu. The Isle of Dreaming opens with the seven-and-a-half-minute title track, which evolves as a series of rhythmic and ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
In a time when the music industry all but demands strict adherence to genres, labels, and categories, the great glory of Kate Price's creative spirit is that even the artist herself has a tough time coming up with the perfect definition of her music. The Isle of Dreaming, Price's second recording for Omtown Higher Octave Music's vocal division, features her exquisite vocals and beautiful hammer dulcimer melodies surrounded by violin, cello, classical guitar, Irish pennywhistle, Penyck leharp a Swedish fiddle, sitar, electric sitar, tabla, and Nigerian Udu. The Isle of Dreaming opens with the seven-and-a-half-minute title track, which evolves as a series of rhythmic and melodic movements. Beginning with a haunting and mystical atmosphere behind a soaring vocal melody and hypnotic hammer dulcimer harmony, the song then becomes an exotic and energetic swirl of Price's amazing string work, violin, and percussion. Price crafted the lively and lyrical "Andalusia" around the theme "Spain" by Ahmad Jamal, offsetting a vibrato string harmony line with a thoughtful and graceful melody. A fascinating ten-minute exploration of the "Voices of My People" features an insistent mystical sitar line and a playful dual excursion for spicy percussion and the Irish pennywhistle. The swaying, joyously percussive "The Phoenix" finds Price dreamily singing about surrendering to the fire and then emerging triumphant, while "Kate Counts Eight" is a mournful and seductive piece whimsically named after the constantly switching rhythmic pattern from seven to eight and back several times. "The Sea of Silence" uses a ship as a metaphor for Price's journey into darkness, with her operatic voice soaring over flute, sitar, and plucky hammer dulcimer lines.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/27/2005
  • Label: Music Design
  • UPC: 634479179570
  • Catalog Number: 9179570

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Isle of Dreaming (7:33)
  2. 2 Andalusia (6:17)
  3. 3 Voices of My People (10:04)
  4. 4 The Pheonix (5:42)
  5. 5 Kate Counts Eight (5:52)
  6. 6 Sea of Silence (5:40)
  7. 7 Mystic Warrior (5:25)
  8. 8 Planxty Almblade-Cruso (4:16)
  9. 9 Beloved (5:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kate Price Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Harmonica, Vocals, Hammered Dulcimer
James Asher Shaker
Spencer Brewer Piano
Ian Dogole Dumbek, Cymbals, Udu, Hand Drums
Teja Bell Bass Guitar, Steel Guitar, 12-string Guitar, Classical Guitar, Electric Sitar
Christopher Caswell Penny Whistle, Irish Flute
Doug Harman Cello
Paul McCandless English Horn, Oboe, Saxophone, Penny Whistle
Habib Khan Sitar
Ben Mawhorter Tabla
Technical Credits
Ian Dogole Producer
Teja Bell Producer, Engineer
Kate Price Arranger, Producer
Matt Marshall Executive Producer
Dan Selene Executive Producer
Janet Wolsborn Art Direction
Zahar Hayati Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Captivating and richly varied!

    This superlative album of world fusion music features the sultry voice and sparkling hammered dulcimer of Kate Price, along with guitars, keyboard, sitar, ude, dumbek, tabla, zyls, cello, nyckelharpa, sarongi, flute, whistle, oboe, English horn, and saxophone. The tone of the wonderfully arranged compositions, written by Price and Teja Bell, ranges from folksy to fiery, dreamy to driving, but is always uniquely imaginative. Like fellow composer/vocalist/instrumentalist Loreena McKennitt, Price began her recording career with gentler, Celtic-inspired numbers and has evolved her style to incorporate elements of world music. There is jazz influence too in these selections, reminiscent of Bell¿s previous work. All in all, excellently done, and a great follow up to Price¿s earlier release, ¿Deep Heart¿s Core¿. If you like Kate Price, you will of course like Loreena McKennitt¿s work too, and probably also the heartfelt violin and keyboard compositions of the group Secret Garden.

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