"The music is very flowing and magical and it warmed my heart" Riki @ Mystic Living Today
Christopher Boscole Journeys to the Center of the Heart on" Inner Voyages" As the title and the cover artwork – a lone figure rowing a canoe in the middle of a vast sea – suggest, Christopher Boscole’s latest collection of solo piano recordings takes listeners on a quiet excursion into the deep solitude of the soul. Boscole’s intent here is not to impress with his range and ambidexterity, but to gently transport the audience to another dimension beyond the visceral and tangible. Boscole succeeds greatly in his desire to create a musical buffer zone of dreaminess, transcendence, and imagination. While the whole album is soft and gentle in feel, it really sojourns into otherworldly realms in the second half. “Princess Taiping” has a slightly Oriental affect to its airy chords; “Land of Sea and Sky” and “Sea of Spirits” conjure the mysticism of water and air; “Memories of Satie” is an appropriate tribute to the minimalist composer. The most affecting track on the album is “Om.” While it does not remind me anything of the Buddhist utterance, it comes the closest of any cut on the album to being pure New Age jazz, and, as a result, it becomes a spiritual meditation of its own. Set against swirling clouds of piano chords, Boscole’s lead piano line seems to be in search of a melody, slowly and steadily constructing one as it goes along. Whether deliberate or not, this makes the tune very much in the spirit of improvisation and makes it a fitting metaphor for anyone’s personal journey, whatever it may be. There’s plenty on this disc to keep lovers of solo piano music, New Age, and jazz engaged and enlightened. --Raj Manoharan
Review by The Borderland: I've previously had the pleasure of listening to and writing about an earlier album of Christopher Boscole [see Presents of Angels], so his new album, Inner Voyages, is very welcome. Christopher Boscole is a composer/pianist whose music has as much of a classical feel to it as it is 'new age'. I guess that Inner Voyages is as much music about exploring one's inner self as it is about the obvious maritime connotations of the cover illustration, though I would swear that I could hear seagulls faintly crying in the background of track two, the title track. The music on this album is rather grand, sweeping piano lines of melody, hugely romantic in the classical tradition, and also hinting at movie soundtrack style - the sort you'd hear in some of the great black and white movies of the golden era. That romanticism can also be found in the track titles: Spanish Dreamer, Princess Taiping, Sea of Spirits, Land Of Sea And Sky, and of course Heart Of Romance. I see that from the notes enclosed with the CD that Mr Boscole takes some of his inspiration from classical composers Erik Satie and Debussy, alongside Beethoven and Chopin, which makes sense as the music on this album is full of old fashioned melody and, dare one say it, good tunes. I think Inner Voyages is a thoroughly pleasant album, one that piano aficionados will find very enjoyable. http://www.the-borderland.co.uk/
Christopher Boscole is a multi-talented, composer, musician, artist in the new age jazz contemporary instrumental genre. He also explores creative relationships between nature, sailing adventures, photography, and music through mulit-media concerts. Christopher has been performing and composing music for over 20 years and has released seven albumns, see other links to "albums you will love" music on this page. Information about performances can bee seen at Facebook Group link below.