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Robert Thies: Blue Landscapes III: Frontiers

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Robert Thies: Blue Landscapes III: Frontiers
Delicate, like two wise birds heard singing on a breeze—piano and flute, bringing unhurried and relaxed, melodic instrumental wonderment. Consistently contemplative serene movements, weaving a diaphanous kaleidoscopic silk tapestry. Nothing is even remotely fast or moderately hasty, the entire album is a perfect daydream with clouds. Thies and Krajacic create soundscapes that leave enough space in the music for the listener to fill with their own thoughts. It is about life. It is about freedom. It is about taking the time to truly enjoy the fine art of listening.

All the sounds one hears on this album were acoustically created on flute and piano, and sometimes using extended techniques not commonly associated with the instruments, creating a well grounded acoustic music that reflects the natural vibrations of this planet and humanity. The challenge and beauty of improvisation is to attentively listen and react to what you are hearing, discovering a story in the process. It stops becoming intellectual and becomes more emotional and spiritual. Perhaps that is really what this is about.

The album begins with and maintains a consistently delicate slow levitating feeling created by the piano accompanied by flute, "Drifting" (3:37) explores sounds and colors, you feel like you might be blissfully sitting next to a stream for hours, just listening and watching the flowing water. Exploring moments of spirituality in music and in nature, "Forest Path" (6:56) presents detailed percussive flute fingering providing the path and tempo of the journey, melodic flute soaring and decorated with tiny piano embellishments. Nature has always been an inspiration for fine art and for sacred healing experiences. "The Abandoned Monastery" (5:42) with peaceful flute layers slow and stately, a single flute's voice takes the focus over the slow layers exploring the potential with what the flute could do, the piano joins in, understated and keeping the slow stately pace, exploring the old monastery's ruined stones overgrown with brush and raked by the wind, here is where the altar once was, there is where the monks once worshiped, they are now long gone...

Nature is a muse for many composers, it's no different with this music. The piano creates a cascading liquid flowing feeling, the flute provides the breeze and all you can do is float along, on a perfect afternoon. "The Distant Waterfall" (3:42), shape shifting, playing the flute and creating a deep connection to our natural world, allowing for more soul searching. Melodic tides bring the sand endless treasures, fine details sent by ocean currents, a night of warm breezes and "Waves on a Moonlit Sea" (4:28) gently clearing the heart very deeply, inspired by our beautiful natural world.

Track Listing

Drifting; Forest Path; The Abandoned Monastery; Le Musicien; The Lighthouse; Goodbye; Frontiers; Tranquility; Take My Hand; Infinity; The Distant Waterfall; Waves on a Moonlit Sea; The Valley of Echoes; Forgotten Memories; Letting Go.

Personnel

Robert Thies: piano; Damjan Krajacic: flute.

Album information

Title: Blue Landscapes III: Frontiers | Year Released: 2020 | Record Label: Real Music

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