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Notes from a Journey

by Kristin Amarie

This album provides the perfect vehicle for Kristin Amarie to finally express the full range of her talent, from ethereal Enya-like incantations to lushly orchestrated compositions with echoes of the far corners of the world Kristin has inhabited
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3. Prayers
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4. Beloved (And I'll Dream in Blue)
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7. Fra Beatrice
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Notes from a Journey" is the masterful debut solo release from Norwegian-born vocalist Kristin Amarie.
Set to incredibly lush orchestration reminiscent of David Arkenstone, the music reflects the global influences of the many places around the world she has lived.
Kristin’s voice is truly astounding and can range from ethereal Enya-like incantations to powerful soaring vocalizations that reach to the heavens... and take you along with them.
To call this album 'impressive' would be an understatement.

Michael Diamond, Music and Media Focus

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Notes from a Journey

Kristin Amarie hails from the shores of Norway. An artist with an international background, she has spent more than half her life traveling abroad studying and working. The world is indeed her theater and as this compelling musician shares her inner voice with us on her new album Notes from a Journey, we see the varied musical styles in her background. From bossa nova to Scandinavian folk songs, this album has classical flair with elements of world music. Contributing artists include Tony Aiello, Joe Deninzon and Grammy nominated and piano extraordinaire David Lanz.
“First Light” was produced by Grammy nominated producer Alex Salzman. The piece begins with the haunting strains of Amarie’s vocals, drifting in and out like cloud formations. Against a backdrop of the darkest night, the first light of dawn begins to warm the sky. A pensive orchestration of multiple instruments thrums to life, spiraling outward like the golden rays of the sun. Illuminating the shadows of the night into the bright and glorious day, Amarie’s voice is akin to angels singing.

“Without You” was co-written with David Lanz. Strings craft a rhythm that morphs into an ambient twist. Vocals, piano and a steady blend of multi-instrumentation left me breathless. I had to just close my eyes and listen to the blissful harmonies and just feel the weight of the world leave me. This song reaches artful heights and heady climbs, leaving us mere mortals happily basking in the glow.

“Beloved” is a song that reaches down into the hidden recesses of the senses. The lyrics were written by David Lanz and performed by Amarie. Haunting and ethereal, the song begins with ambient sound. Piano filters through the gauzy clouds and distinct vocals tell of a search for heaven. Bright lights surround the darkness that shadows the soul and drives it back. Love, pure and unrestrained is captured and the moment brought to life. Heaven is real. Cascading musical elements transform the simplicity of the earlier part of the piece into an elegant tapestry of song that is unforgettable and simply beautiful.

Kristin Amarie is a skilled musician and her voice will leave you wondering if an angel might be missing from heaven after all. Filled with love and light, her music left me breathless. I often listen as I write and with this magnificent album I found myself hitting replay constantly because I didn’t want it to end. Vanilla cupcakes, hot cocoa and the smell of lavender…these are some of my favorite things and this album has just made the list as well. I think we will be seeing much more of this inspiring new artist. She is indeed a force of nature rising up to starry skies.

Key Tracks- First Light, Without You, Beloved

Dana Wright-Muzikreviews.com Sr. Staff

August 26, 2013
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Дебютный альбом Кристин Эмери наверняка придется по вкусу как любителям атмосферной и чуть-чуть загадочной музыки в стилистике Энии, так и поклонникам классического кроссовера, которые услышат произведения на уровне Сары Брайтман и других звезд первой величины. Не забыты и те, кто с радостью воспринимает в музыке народные мотивы – о них Кристин может говорить наверняка долго и обстоятельно, ведь ее биография полностью соответствует термину «гражданин мира». Она родилась в Норвегии, затем переехала на Кипр, а чуть позже ее домом стал Дели; ее творческая карьера сложилась из поездок по странам и континентам, которые она посещала вместе с многочисленными группами, стилистические предпочтения которых варьировались от босса-новы до джаза. В какой-то момент Кристин решила заняться сольной карьерой и начала ее с песни «First Light», а затем, заручившись поддержкой известного продюсера Алекса Салзмана и пианиста Дэвида Ланца (он не только записал партии пианино для отличной лирической песни «Without You», но и не поскупился на хвалебные слова, призывая нас увидеть и, прежде всего, услышать в Кристин новую звезду), смогла развить свои идеи до целого альбома, названного «Notes from the Journey».
Диск подкупает двумя вещами: сильным, гармоничным и красивым вокалом, и качественными аранжировками, в которых передана мощь хорошего голливудского саундтрека, эмоциональная насыщенность классического романтизма и энергетика поп-музыки. Голос Кристин, которым с детства занимались лучшие профессионалы Скандинавии, обращает на себя внимание сразу, его звучание действительно можно рассматривать как заявку на «звездный» статус исполнительницы, вложившей в «путевые заметки» свои воспоминания, мечты, чувства и что-то очень личное. И это желание поделиться со слушателем самым сокровенным подкупает с первых же нот. Глубина и сила оркестровых аранжировок не заглушает, а очень тонко подчеркивает средиземноморские мотивы в «Amore Eterno», индийские ритмы и мелодии в динамично-медитативном треке «Winter In Shimla», изысканную нежность клавишных пассажей Ланца. И конечно, эта романтика хороша в тех местах, где ее заведомо должно быть много: проникновенность любовной лирики, «завернутая» в красивую оркестровую обертку – это то, что получилось здесь отменно. Две наиболее полюбившиеся лично мне песни: «Beloved» и «Fra Beatrice», но они не выбиваются из общей канвы, остальные песни тоже очень хороши, и, что самое главное, каждая из них запоминается чем-то своим, особенным. В финале Кристин на пару минут возвращается к своим корням, исполняя тихую и душевную песню на родном языке, словно подчеркивая, что всякое странствие, каким бы интересным и познавательным не было и как бы много не давало нам ощущений и опыта, в конечном итоге должно привести нас домой.
Хороший дебют, безусловно, талантливой исполнительницы. Вы не должны это пропустить.

Sergey @Ascentor.com


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Kathy Parsons

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"Notes From a Journey" is the debut solo album from singer/songwriter Kristin Amarie. Truly a “global citizen” who was born and raised in Norway, spent her late teens on the island of Cyprus and half of her adult life in New Delhi, Kristin Amarie also spent time working and studying in London, Bangkok, Malta, and France; she now calls New York home. She has performed with various groups singing everything from Scandinavian folk songs to bossa nova in Europe, Asia, and the US. All of these cultural influences can be heard in her music, and her clear, beautiful voice expresses a broad range of emotions. The album was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Alex Salzman and features an appearance by pianist David Lanz, who collaborated with Kristin Amarie on two of the songs. The richly orchestrated music also includes appearances by Alex Salzman on keyboards, guitars, and programming; Tony Aiello on flute and soprano sax; and Joe Deninzon on violin. "Notes From a Journey" is a very impressive debut, and much of the music would easily crossover from world to new age and pop categories.

The album begins with “First Light,” a song about the beauty that surrounds us as well as the magical circle of life and new beginnings. This wordless vocal will undoubtedly invite comparison to Enya, but Kristin Amarie’s soaring singing style is very much her own. The symphonic production in this piece would be wonderful in a film soundtrack! “Amore Eterno” (“Eternal Love”) is a gorgeous love song sung in Italian and English and very lushly orchestrated. The lyrics to “Prayers” come from Psalm 38 in The Old Testament. With strong Middle Eastern influences, the music is haunting and somewhat mysterious. David Lanz contributed the lyrics to “Beloved (And I’ll Dream in Blue),” an intense love song that conveys the pain of separation as well as hope for the future. Definitely a favorite! “Winter in Shimla” is exotic, rhythmic, and upbeat. “Without You,” another soaring love song, was co-written with Lanz and features him on piano - also a favorite. “Fra Beatrice” was inspired by Dante Alighieri, the 13th century Italian writer, who met Beatrice when he was nine years old, the only woman he ever truly loved. Because he had been promised in marriage to someone else, a relationship with Beatrice was impossible, but they kept their love for one another throughout their lives. The lyrics are sung in English and Norwegian, and the title translates to “From Beatrice.” “Sulla meg litt” brings the album to a close with a sweet traditional Norwegian lullaby.

Although this is not the beginning of Kristin Amarie’s singing career, "Notes From a Journey" is a very promising start to her solo career. Recommended!

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
While many artists and musicians bring the particular flavors and influences of their native land to their art, Kristin Amarie is truly a “global citizen” and her music reflects the incredible diversity that has been her life experience. Her new album, Notes From A Journey, which features a guest appearance by David Lanz, provides the perfect vehicle for her to finally express the full range of her talent - from ethereal Enya-like incantations to lushly orchestrated compositions reminiscent of David Arkenstone, with echoes of the far corners of the world Kristin has inhabited.

On the opening track, Kristin’s angelic vocals accompanied by harp and ethereal synthesizer make it feel like the heavens have opened and we are enveloped in luminous beams reaching down from above. At the one-minute mark, the intro gives way to dramatic orchestration that provides a cinematic soundscape for Kristin’s voice to soar over. The sound of this orchestration is huge, almost like the London Philharmonic is behind her. It’s the kind of grandiose score you might hear from someone like Yanni, John Tesh, or the aforementioned David Arkenstone. Its powerful, yet is an interesting contrast to the lighter, more airy nature of her vocals. One of my favorite songs is an enchanting piece called “Without You,” that features David Lanz on piano. A track called “Elusion,” has more of pop feel with Kristin singing in a beautiful crystal clear voice like the kind you would hear on the soundtrack to a Disney movie.

The range of musical and vocal styles on this album is staggering. Kristin’s voice can range from covering diverse music from around the world to otherworldly incantations. As amazing as her singing is, I also can’t say enough about the opulence of the orchestration on this recording, which is absolutely mind-blowing. Notes From A Journey sounds like the work of a seasoned recording artist with the connections to hire the finest musicians and studios – not necessarily what you would expect from a debut solo release. The level of musical talent and production quality on this album put Kristin in a class with some of the finest recording artists in the genre.

To read a full length review of this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky / http://sergekozlovsky.com
Among the great and changing world
Find and fight your way

From distant lands filled with beauty and glory comes this music with flickering ethereal voices and majestic keyboard melodies. And the exciting journey across the continents and time zones begins.

The album “Notes from a Journey” has absorbed in itself flavors of different cultures and countries. But it united with the single whole. It is a huge heart of the artist and her endless soul, from the very depths of which these tunes originate. The music of Kristin Amarie is full of such purity and tenderness which encourage attentively listening to every note, to catch each tiny nuance.

“Notes from a Journey” is the debut solo release of Kristin Amarie who undoubtedly is a promising fresh voice on a new age music scene. This album was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Alex Salzman. World-famous musician David Lanz added his elegant touch on the piano as well as in the lyrics. The result of all these is a stunning, perfect sounding album of Krisitn Amarie whose inexhaustible talent is felt in each composition.

Listen to “Notes from a Journey”, enjoy it and start your own trip to the unexplored musical lands and celestial harmonies. This album will touch your heart deeply.

Kristin Amarie

Enchanting Notes
Each note on this new journey is a beautiful, full masterpiece of eloquence.

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Kristin Amarie proves herself a vocal force to be reckoned with on this delightful showcase of her considerable talents.

Amarie's singing exhibits great range, depth, and nuance and is a perfect complement to the songs.

All of the compositions are engaging and wonderfully arranged and produced, with instrumentation that is lavish and orchestral. Many of the songs have the feel of show tunes, and I don't mean over-the-top peppy numbers, but rather measured and easy-going ballads. Just on the strength of this CD, I could see Amarie headlining her own residency in Las Vegas or some similar entertainment mecca.

If you're looking for great songs essayed by an enchanting chanteuse, you can't go wrong with this album.