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Shapeshifter

by Elysium Calling

Music of the Earth and Sky--Native American Acoustic.
Genre: World: Native American
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1. Daffodil Hill
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2. Sycamore's Grove
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3. The Clearing
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4. Elysium Calling
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5. The Way It Was
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6. The Long Haul
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7. Metro
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8. A Child's Dream
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9. Cielo Obscuro
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10. Ms. Jasmine
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11. Shapeshifter
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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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.


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Karnalis

Incredibly real, wonderfully crafted, fantastically performed music!
While many native American flute albums I've heard have been filled with cheesy sound effects and harsh, out-of-place synthesizers, this CD of pure emotionally-driven and legitimately substantial music holds up better than a great deal of others, and it is an absolute joy to listen to over and over again. Brooks' solid-yet-flowing guitar lines provide a terrific base for Hooper's soaring flute melodies, almost as though their respective instruments were made to play with each other. This is truly "music of earth and sky!" I look forward to their next album!

Dan RIcketts the Noisy Bear

"Shapeshifter" a joyous and uplifting listening experience
This CD is fresh and vibrant. It combines the native American flute and acoustical guitar in ways that are both lyrical and uplifting. The CD is a joy to the ear. The music is nicely woven and well constructed. The beat is up lifting and interesting. The songs are pleasantly varied and yet fit nicely together as a whole. This CD proves that the Native Flute can create a joyous upbeat sound not just the long ethereal, meditatve, and plaintive sounds we often associate with the instrument. Everyone I know who has listened to the CD has found it enjoyable. Two claws up from the Noisy Bear!

Robert Townsend

shapeshifter
The blend of guitar and flute is unbelievable.. So fresh, original and smooth. Great job!!!!!

Tish Holland

Awesome! Doesn't get much better than this!
I was blown away after hearing this CD. It is so uplifting and happy. The NA flute and guitar together are amazing all through this CD. Most CD's you like a few songs off of but this entire CD is just fabulous! If you think the clips sound to good to be true, let me assure you, the songs ARE that good all the way through! It is a must for any NA music collection.

JJ

Wonderfully Engaging!
Cheerful energy is what this CD delivers. I set the CD player on replay and listen for hours as happy as a clam. It is now one of my favorites and will one of yours too. Absolutely fabulous!

Gary Kendrick

Fresh sounds for guitar and Native American flute.
Wonderful fresh sounds for guitar and Native American flute. The marriage of these two instruments into a fresh contemporary sound of upbeat music is inspiring.