Tranquility: Music for Yoga and Meditation

Tranquility: Music for Yoga and Meditation


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Tranquility: Music for Yoga and Meditation

It could be contended that the title to this compilation is misleading, for it consists not of music specifically composed and/or recorded for yoga and meditation, but of music from the Vanguard catalog that might lend itself to those activities. Oregon are the most heavily represented of the four artists, with 8 of the 14 tracks; the rest are older 1960s recordings of guitarists Peter Walker and John Fahey, and oud player Hamza El Din. The common ground? Well, all of them were combining folk music and world music to some extent, though Oregon were far more jazz in their orientation, and far more aligned with the sounds that would come to be classified as new age. Disregarding the yoga/meditation marketing flag of convenience under which all of the tracks have been assembled, this is pretty good music for serene, introspective moods, whether you engage in yoga and meditation or not. El Din, Walker, and Fahey have a more earthy, exotic edge, and draw more from non-Western traditions than Oregon do, which makes this in some ways less than the most comfortable match; it might have been better to make one volume all Oregon, and the other a comp of the three string players. Overall, however, it's considerably superior to much of the purer new age music used for yoga and meditation exercises, or simply for new age listening. The Walker and Fahey recordings, incidentally, were all done with accompanying musicians, not as solo pieces, though all of these are low-key and placid in mood.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/2004
Label: Vanguard Records
UPC: 0015707974424
catalogNumber: 79744
Rank: 199464

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Performance Credits

Hamza el Din   Oud
Jeremy Steig   Flute
Ralph Towner   Guitar,Piano,French Horn,Mellophonium,12-string Guitar,Classical Guitar
Collin Walcott   Percussion,Sitar,Tabla,12-string Guitar
Glen Moore   Bass,Flute,Bass Flute
Zbigniew Seifert   Violin
David Earle Johnson   Conga
Larry Karush   Piano
John Fahey   Guitar
Mark Andes   Electric Bass
Matt Andes   Guitar
Monte Dunn   Guitar
Kevin Kelley   Drums
Bruce Langhorne   Tambourine,Bells
Paul McCandless   Bass Clarinet,English Horn,Oboe
Alex Lukeman   12-string Guitar

Technical Credits

Hamza el Din   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
John Abercrombie   Composer
Ralph Towner   Composer
Collin Walcott   Arranger,Composer,Contributor
Peter Walker   Composer
John Fahey   Composer
Paul McCandless   Composer
Georgette Cartwright   Creative Services Coordinator
Sam Graham   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer

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