Hello from IPM Productions!
We are thrilled to share with you On the Wings of the Wind and we want to tell you just a little bit about what it is, why we made it and how we hope you might enjoy it.
The concept for On the Wings of the Wind began several years ago when the two of us met in a small church near Rochester, NY. Sarah and her dad, Mikel Brown, were involved in leading worship and invited Michael (a classical violin student at the Eastman School of Music) to work with them. It was quickly apparent that we shared both a great love for traditional Christian hymns and an unusual oneness of style. We had a deep musical urge to expand the hymns' beautiful melodies beyond the basic 4-part choral arrangements of standard hymn books; and (much to our own amazement) when we played together, beautiful things just happened! To this day, we cannot fully explain how we do what we do. We are, however, unspeakably grateful for the gift that God has given us and for the joy that it brings us to worship Him with this music.
Our family and friends have been amazingly supportive of our work together. We have been continually astonished by your enthusiasic responses to our live improv's and classical/sacred concerts at numerous churches, recital halls and homes. Largely due to this overwhelming support, when we formed IPM Productions (an independent music production and recording company) our first CD concept was On Wings of the Wind -- a collection of some of our (and your) favorite hymns, improvised just exactly as we play them live! We intentionally avoided all but the most basic edits and effects. Our goal was to capture the true, fresh, and personal essence of our duo-improv style projected through the clear, simple and pristine beauty of these wonderful songs.
The making of this album has brought us a great deal of pleasure and joy. To revisit such amazing music is always a joy, especially when its sole purpose is to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ who "makes the clouds His chariot...[and] walks upon the wings of the wind" (Ps 104:3b NASB). We trust that this music will lift and encourage your spirits as it has ours.
May the Lord richly bless you with His love and beauty; and may your heart soar with Him On The Wings of the Wind!
Sarah and Michael