WINNER of the 2005 Indian Summer Music Awards!!!!
Elysium Calling began with the synergy of two musicians, Garth Brooks (guitarist) and Kenneth Hooper (flutist), who each had a musical vision percolating within them and the wisdom to know that they needed to find another musician to realize their visions. The word "Elysium" comes from Greek mythology, and refers both to the home of the honorable after death, and to a state of perfect happiness. Their songs invite the listener to enter into a musical landscape that is both spacious and uplifting, ethereal and deeply human at the same time, which is why they have dubbed their sound, "Music of the Earth and Sky."
Shapeshifter, released April 2004, is their debut album. In it, the Native American flute, with its warm resonant tones, speaks in a voice that is wordless, but emotionally precise. The guitar provides a musical ground that gives each song its unique texture and body. The carefully crafted interplay between the guitar's rhythmic modulating harmonies and melodies, and the soaring, entreating, sweeping swells of the flute blend to create a singular voice. Each song varies in intensity and tone as the musicians evoke a wide range of voicings from their instruments, from the sharp barks to the deep sonorous swells of Kenneth's many flutes, to the delicate silvery or languid notes of the guitar, listeners will feel the honest emotion at the core of each song. Innocence and awe are as aptly conveyed as mystery and seduction, each song a playful invitation to the listener to enter into the tapestry of their musical landscapes. Once you have heard them, you know that you have heard the voice of Elysium Calling.