Victor Chorobik: Desert of Clouds (2003)
Serenity marks much of Tibetan life. The music reflects this and the spell is cast from the opening track, on which the voice of a child is the herald for Rinpoche. His chant falls softly against the lush notes of the organ; and when the flute, violin and guitar are incorporated into the weave, the tapestry is resplendent.
The family of flutes that Chorobik uses enhances several of the compositions. There is a particular appeal to the soothing strains that come in “After the Rain,” a superbly structured entwining with the string players. Happiness is the hallmark of the jaunty “The Shadow Dance– Second Round,” a repeated motif on the bass tracing a hypnotic spell that gets the flute dancing a melodic tune on top. Prayer is an integral part of Tibetan life and “Prayer Wheels” turn on the rhythmic groove of percussion, incantation and the soprano for a magnetic whole. The concept is interesting and it works.
Track Listing: Notes from the Journey; Prayer Wheels; Road to Namtso Lake; Prayer for Long Life;
Personnel: Victor Chorobik
Record Label: Iris Light Records