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TRANS UKRAINE #1 Ambient Album 2006 !!
TRANS UKRAINE #1 Top Recording for October 2006 !!
TRANS UKRAINE #3 in Top 100 Airplay 2006 !!
TRANS UKRAINE 8 Months in NAR Top 100 !!
Music Review by Bill Binkelman : New Age Reporter : October 2006
Crystal Wind Music (2006)
The last album I heard by Bodhi (who was recording under the name Kevin Setchko at the time) was his minimalist new age tone poem album, CLOUD ETCHINGS. To say that TRANS UKRAINE marks a departure from that release may be the understatement of the year! While Bodhi’s great flute work is still in ample evidence, TRANS UKRAINE is a ramped up blast of superbly chilled electronica (with traces of world fusion now and then), with the artist marrying his flutes (and some piano) to an impressive array of synths, beats, and electronics. This CD is highly recommended if you love chill-out music, regardless of whether you’re a flute fan or not. Production and engineering are textbook as well. Bodhi collaborated with two Ukrainians (Igor Gromadskiy on the track “Crimea” and Dimitris Krist on “Kiev” and “Odessa”) who each play keyboards and Englishman Alex Newman served as producer and arranger and did the final keyboard mixing.
While there is no denying the fact that Bodhi’s flute features prominently throughout the recording, there are some long stretches where it’s not heard at all. Unless you more or less hate flute music, you’re going to like (or even love) this recording if you enjoy chill-out or electronica. Of course, that’s from my perspective and I greatly enjoy flute music, so there’s that to take into consideration as well. Putting it bluntly, TRANS UKRAINE knocked my socks off and I can only hope Bodhi will favor us again sometime down the road with another excursion on the electronica highway.
New Age Reporter
Notes and Impressions from the journey....
This project was conceived and birthed in Ukraine in September, 2004, when I met Dmitris Krist, a producer living in Kiev. With his wife , Natali Dali, translating (he spoke only Russian) we recorded trax for 2 of the pieces, "Kiev" and "Odessa". Through an unusual series of events I was led to another producer, Igor Gromadskiy, with whom I recorded the 3rd piece, "Crimea". Over the next 2 years the vision was brilliantly realized and completed through the masterful production skills of Alex Newman, an English producer I met in California while he was producing a CD with the world dance electronica band, "Medicine Drum". Finally, the CD cover graphics were done by Brigitte Behr, a German graphic artist, living in Paris, France. This CD is truly the fruit of an international collaborative effort.
-Bodhi CD Liner Notes